Judge extends break on ‘Heartbeat’ abortion law amid legal challenge: Capitol Letter

‘Heartbeat’ pending: A Hamilton County judge issued an order from the bench on Friday putting Ohio’s “heartbeat” abortion ban on hold while he considers whether the law violates the state’s constitution. Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Christian Jenkins had previously stayed the bill with consecutive two-week restraining orders, but Laura Hancock reports the preliminary injunction issued Friday is a more permanent order who could set the law aside for the duration of the case. This means Ohio is reverting to previous law, which allows abortion up to 22 weeks, rather than when fetal heart activity is detected, usually around six weeks.

We have problems : Hancock also looks at Issue 1, which would require judges to consider public safety when setting the amount of cash bail. The topic of bail came to a head after a majority of the Ohio Supreme Court ruled in January that judges can only consider public safety when setting non-monetary bail conditions, such as such as anklets, curfews or ordering someone to stay away from certain people or places.

Unfair criticism? Governor Mike DeWine’s latest TV ad, unveiled on Friday, attacks Democratic opponent Nan Whaley for supporting the American Rescue Plan Act, a federal coronavirus relief bill passed by Democrats last year. last. But as Jeremy Pelzer reports, DeWine has been advertising hundreds of millions of dollars in state grants paid for with ARPA money for months. A spokeswoman for the DeWine campaign said the announcement was not hypocritical, because Congress passed ARPA and the governor — who had previously announced he did not support the law — was just spending the money. money donated to Ohio.

An extra day: Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote or update your voter registration for the November 8 election. And on Wednesday, county election commissions will begin voting early, in person, as well as mailing blank absentee ballots to those who have requested them. Andrew Tobias has more details on the process here.

Family matters: Representative Tim Ryan gave his family the sitcom treatment in a new Senate campaign ad. The spot features Ryan, his wife, Andrea, stepchildren and son. “Some people think they have to agree with their politicians 100% of the time. And I ask those people, are any of you married? Ryan starts, redirecting a line he uses during the election campaign JD Vance staff were quick to point out on Twitter that Ryan voted 100% of the time with President Joe Biden’s agenda.

Recall: Ryan and Vance are having their first Senate campaign debate tonight. The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in Cleveland at local Fox affiliate WJW. You can watch the debate on the WJW website or on TV at your local Nexstar affiliate (WCMH in Columbus, WYFX in Youngstown, WDTN in Dayton, or WTRF in Steubenville.) A Sinclair affiliate in Cincinnati, WKRC, also airs it. .

Celebrity sightings: Singer Paul Simon and actor Mark Hamill, who helped Democrat Tim Ryan’s U.S. Senate campaign, are among a slew of celebrities getting involved in Ohio’s political races this year, reports the WCMH in Columbus. The cast of “The West Wing” — Martin Sheen, Allison Janney and Bradley Whitford — tuned into a Zoom event on Sept. 23 to support Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley. The main celebrity helping Republicans in Ohio is former President Donald Trump, who has made several trips to the state to support his favorite candidates.

Instant Judgment: U.S. Representative Shontel Brown, a Democrat from Warrensville Heights, introduces legislation that could help families of children with chronic illnesses qualify for higher benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by allowing them to deduct medical expenses more than $35 incurred by a sick child of the income used to qualify for SNAP benefits. “We are in the midst of a hunger crisis and must continue to work to ensure our safety net programs remain resilient,” Brown said in a statement.

Five things we learned from the May 16, 2022 financial disclosure of State Rep. Paula Hicks-Hudson, a Democrat from Toledo. She is running for Ohio’s 11th Senate District against Republican Tony Dia in the Nov. 8 election.

1. Apart from her work as a state representative, she also works for the Redeemer Lutheran Church, where she serves as minister of music.

2. She operates through a corporation called the Law Office of Hicks-Hudson.

3. At some point in 2021, she owed at least $1,000 to three lenders: Wells Fargo, Capitol One, and Toledo Federal Urban Credit Union.

4. In 2021, she received $6,010.54 in accommodation and mileage reimbursements.

5. She revealed that she received gifts from LMCC/NECA/IBEW Local 8 and the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Congressional candidate Max Miller, a Republican from Rocky River, received the “Friend of Agriculture” designation from the Political Action Committee of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Agriculture for Good Government (OFBF-AGGPAC) for his strong support to Ohio Agriculture.

“Tim Ryan has HUGELY surpassed me.”

A fundraising email from JD Vance that David Skolnick of the Youngstown Vindicator highlighted in a Friday column. Skolnick wrote that the $17.2 million Rep. Tim Ryan raised and $19.2 million he spent in the third quarter of this year is “staggering” and “breathtaking” without any precedent in the history of the state. Vance has yet to share his campaign finance numbers, which are due out next Saturday.

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