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Dimora tries to take his case to the U.S. Supreme Court
Other noon headlines: Unemployment; addiction, and All Children Matter

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M.L. Schultze
Jimmy Dimora, when he was still a Cuyahoga County commissioner and one of the most powerful Democratic politicians in Ohio.
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  • Dimora appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Fudge and Ryan introduce addiction-treatment bill
  • Ohio unemployment holds steady
  • New $100 fine is as unlikely to be collected as the other $5.2 million
  • Ohio unemployment holds steady
    Ohio’s unemployment rate remained at 5.5 percent last month, the same as in May.

    The numbers released this morning show 316,000 people who are looking for jobs still don’t have them.

    But in October, the state unemployment rate was 7.4 percent, and that had been dropping steadily through May, when they hit a seven-year low.

    The U.S. average in June was 6.1 percent.

    Fudge and Ryan introduce addiction-treatment bill
    Two Democratic members of Congress from Northeast Ohio are sponsoring a bill that would set up a five-year demonstration project to fight heroin and opiate addiction.

    Reps. Marcia Fudge and Tim Ryan discussed the Breaking Addiction Act of 2014 at a press conference this morning in Cleveland.

    It would partially reimburse states for the Medicaid money they use to treat people for substance abuse as inpatients in community treatment facilities. Right now, a nearly 50-year-old law excludes states from most such reimbursements.

    Dimora appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court
    Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn his convictions on dozens of corruption charges.

    Dimora is serving 28 years in federal prison in California. He insists that Judge Sara Lio was wrong when she refused to let Dimora introduce the financial disclosure forms he filed over the years while he was in public office. He says they would have shown he wasn’t hiding the gifts and other benefits he got from county contractors and employees.

    It’s the same argument he made to a three-judge appeals court panel. Those judges agreed it was an error for Lioi to block the forms, but two of them said it was harmless error.

    Four of the nine Supreme Court justices would have agree to hear Dimora’s appeal.

    New $100 fine is as unlikely to be collected as the other $5.2 million
    The Ohio Elections Commission has slapped a Michigan organization with another $100 fine. But the Columbus Dispatch is reporting that it is likely to collect that – or another $5.2 million in fines stemming from a campaign run by the PAC known as All Children Matter back in 2008.

    The commission ruled back in 2008 that the school-choice advocates channeled nearly $900,000 from its Virginia PAC to Ohio. Unlike Ohio, Virginia has no contribution limits, and the Ohio Elections Commission – and a Franklin County judge – fined the group $5.2 million. But nothing has been paid, and the Dispatch reports that the director of the commission – Philip Richter – says, “It’s like trying to get blood out of a turnip.

    The news $100 fine is because the group is six months late filing fining its 2013 campaign finance report.

    The Supreme Courts Citizens United ruling now makes many unlimited contributions legal.

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