Rumblings from inside the rotunda at 1 Capitol Square in Columbus:
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, challenged “Hellboy” actor Ron Perlman after Perlman tweeted that U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida was “lucky” because if it weren’t for Jim Jordan, he would “be the ugliest politician walking.”
Cruz said, “Listen Hellboy. You talk good game when you’ve got Hollywood makeup & stuntmen. But I’ll bet $10k — to the nonpolitical charity of your choice — that you couldn’t last 5 min in the wrestling ring w/ @Jim_Jordan w/o getting pinned. You up for it? Or does your publicist say too risky?”
Perlman counter-offered: “I’ll give 50k to Black Lives Matter and you can keep all the tax payer money you were thinking of spending.”
A fair amount: The Ohio Controlling Board on Monday approved spending $4.7 million to help county and independent fairs operate this year while trying to protect against spreading the coronavirus. Each fair that offers a junior fair can get up to $50,000 to help cover coronavirus-related costs, while those without a junior fair can get up to $15,000 to be used on next year’s fair, according to Senate President Larry Obhof.
Not so fast: GM might not be able to zoom out of Ohio without repaying $60 million in subsidies given for the now-shuttered Chevy Cruze plant in Lordstown, state officials say. The clawback, which the automaker is fighting, would be one of the biggest in U.S. economic development history, writes Dan O’Brien, in a piece for ProPublica and The Business Journal in Youngstown.
Grapevine is a look at the decisions made by Ohio lawmakers as provided by The Columbus Dispatch and other Lima News wire reports.