Ohio Headline Highlights is a weekly Sunday roundup of major and minor news about people, politics and government from last week.

Kasich Makes Another Illegal Cabinet Appointment With Hodges At Health

On Friday John Kasich released a statement saying he was going to appoint Rick Hodges as Director of the Ohio Department of Health.  Hodges is  a former lawmaker who currently leads the Ohio Turnpike Commission but is not a doctor and doesn’t have any public health experience. He will replace Dr. Ted Wymyslo.

FitzGerald Confronts Kasich For “Gutter Politics” And “Shameless Personal Attack”

Ed FitzGerald  confronted John Kasich Friday and  asked him to come clean on knowing about what he called an “expedition to find dirt” that returned nothing except a public record that his 17-year old son got a traffic ticket for driving with a cracked windshield. More importantly, a Westlake policeman found nothing to be concerned about, two years ago in October, when he questioned FitzGerald and and a female passenger not his wife who stopped to map their way to a hotel.

DOJ To Challenge Early Voting And Same Day Registration Restrictions In Ohio

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday that it will challenge attempts by Ohio’s chief election official to restrict early voting and same day registration. 

OCSEA Testimony Shines Light On Aramark Contract Infractions, Maggots In Prison Food

The president of OCSEA testified before a statehouse committee on the contract violations Ohio prison food vendor Aramark is guilty of, including operating  a food service environment where maggots have been found on numerous occasions.

Obamacare Working: 2014 Prescription Drug Savings So Far? 78,000 Buckeyes Saved $65M

Recent performance metrics for the Affordable Care Act have been looking good, and the announcement Tuesday by Ohio Senior U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown that $65 million stayed in the collective pockets of 78,000 Ohio seniors and persons with disabilities, instead of in the deposit accounts of pharmaceutical giants, is more commonsense proof that Obamacare is working as designed.

Senator Brown, Cabinet Officials Visit Toledo To Showcase Federal Job-Driven Training In Ohio

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez spent part of Tuesday in Toledo, Ohio, to spotlight successful training programs that will help students compete for jobs in a challenging 21st century economy.
An analysis Monday by the Kaiser Family Foundation of the 2014 Social Security and Medicare Trustees’ report shows Medicare spending growth has slowed in recent years and is expected to grow at a slower rate in the future than in the past, a reduction not envisioned just a few years ago.
The Ohio Fraternal Order of Policeendorsed Ed FitzGerald, a Democrat, for Governor of Ohio Tuesday. The state’s largest police organization representing 25,000 active and retired law enforcement officers, also made endorsements for other statewide offices including the supreme court. The endorsements were made by the 313 delegates attending the 80th annual conference in Dublin, a Columbus suburb.

A southwest Ohio lawmaker accused of misleading investors about a company’s financial status and using their money for personal gain has a pretrial hearing.

State finds no invasive carp in 3 Ohio rivers

State officials say a search of three Ohio rivers found no invasive silver or bighead Asian carp.

Judge orders Cincy to repay tax money

A judge says the city of Cincinnati improperly borrowed millions of dollars designated for neighborhood projects to pay its taxes to the school district.

Ohio lawmakers want Common Core standards repealed

Republican lawmakers in the state House are beginning a push to repeal Common Core learning standards by year’s end, citing widespread discontent they’re hearing from parents, teachers and communities.

Call center brings 900 jobs to central Ohio

An online retailer is opening a call center in central Ohio and bringing about 900 new jobs.

Hearing postponed for indicted Ohio legislator

A pretrial hearing has been postponed for a southwest Ohio lawmaker accused of misleading investors about a company’s financial status and using their money for personal gain.

Prosecutor challenges Ohio prison release option

A procedure allowing the Ohio prisons director to recommend to judges early release for certain offenders violates the constitutional separation of powers, a prosecutor says in a court challenge to the policy.

Ohio Legislature’s request denied in voting case

A federal judge on Wednesday denied a request from the Ohio Legislature to become part of a lawsuit challenging early voting rules in the key swing state.

Justice Dept. files in Ohio, Wisconsin voter cases

The Justice Department on Wednesday sided with challengers of voting laws in Wisconsin and Ohio, saying in court filings that measures in those states unfairly affect minority voters.

Ohio GOP slate endorsed by anti-abortion group

Ohio’s largest anti-abortion group has endorsed a slate of sitting Republicans in the upcoming fall elections.

Dayton offers immigrant kids shelter amid uproar

Despite opposition from a congressman and other southwest Ohio officials, Dayton will offer up two sites where immigrant children from Central America could be sheltered, the mayor and city manager told federal authorities.

Ohio: 2nd fine levied against prison food vendor

The state on Wednesday announced a second fine against the private vendor that took over the job of feeding inmates last year as the company defended its operations before a prisons oversight committee.