John Kasich: GOP Candidate Said He Didn’t Invite Trump To Ohio Rally

Nina Golgowski
,HuffPost•August 5, 2018

Republican House candidate Troy Balderson speaks next to President Donald Trump at a rally in Lewis Center, Ohio, on Saturday. (MANDEL NGAN via Getty Images)
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Sunday suggested that President Donald Trump appeared at a campaign rally in his state on Saturday without a direct invitation from the House candidate he came to tout.

Kasich, speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” said he asked state Sen. Troy Balderson, the Republican candidate for a U.S. House seat in a Tuesday special election, point blank why he invited Trump to campaign for him at his event in Delaware County.

“I asked him the other day, ‘Why are you bringing Trump in,’ said Kasich, who has been one of the GOP’s harshest critics of the president. Kasich said Balderson told him, “Well, I don’t have anything to do with it.”

“I think Donald Trump decides where he wants to go,” Kasich said of the president’s appearance, where after introducing Balderson and praising him, he then focused of his own agenda and his litany of complaints about the media.

“I think [Trump and his political advisers] think they are firing up the base,” at such rallies, added Kasich, who was among several establishment party leaders Trump defeated for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Attempts to reach Balderson’s team for comment on Sunday were not immediately successful.

Balderson, who polls have shown faces a tough battle against Democrat Danny O’Connor in a district where the GOP traditionally has dominated, was introduced by Trump to the crowd as “really smart” and a “really hard worker.”

The plaudits came two days after Trump mistakenly urged Republicans to vote in the special election for a someone not on its ballot ― GOP Rep. Steve Stivers. He represents a nearby district and is up for re-election on November’s ballot.

Trump deleted the tweet naming Stivers and replaced it with one supporting Balderson.

If O’Connor wins Tuesday vote, he would flip a House seat that has been held by the GOP since 1982. The seat was vacated by Republican Rep. Pat Tiberi in January.

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Police: Naked man killed Ohio Post Office supervisor

Postal employees say they saw suspect Deshaune Stewart, 24, naked in the sorting bay pointing a handgun at the supervisor
By WCMH Staff Published: December 23, 2017, 12:55 pm Updated: December 23, 2017, 4:21 pm
DUBLIN, Ohio (WCMH) – Police say a naked United States Postal Service employee shot a supervisor to death early Saturday morning at a post office before attacking and killing another supervisor at her home.

It happened at 4:25 a.m. Saturday at the United States Post Office on the 6400 block of Emerald Parkway.

According to documents from the Franklin County Municipal Court, postal employees told Dublin Police they saw 24-year-old suspect Deshaune Stewart naked in the sorting bay. He was pointing a handgun at 52-year-old postal supervisor Lance Herrera-Dempsey.

One of the witnesses said he saw Stewart, a post office employee, shoot Herrera-Dempsey twice: Once while standing and once when the victim was on the ground. Stewart then allegedly fled.

Two postal employees told police they knew Stewart and had seen him at the facility over the past several years. They added he was supposed to be at work at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Stewart faces an aggravated murder charge for Herrera-Dempsey’s death and a murder charge for the death of another victim who he reportedly shot and killed at an apartment complex Saturday.

Police Sgt. Dave Sicilian said Stewart was under investigation at his job.

“One was his supervisor, the other was an investigator who was investigating him for some type of misconduct,” Sicilian said. “There had been some type of investigation into his misconduct and it had culminated and to possibly him being terminated and this was apparently his response was very violent.”

The United States Postal Service inspection office released the following statement:

We can confirm that shooting incidents occurred at the Dublin, Ohio Post Office along with a related shooting at the Bowland Place apartment complex in the early morning hours of Dec. 23, 2017. Because this tragic matter is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Postal Inspection Service and local law enforcement, we are not yet in a position to provide details concerning the incidents, although we can say the suspect believed to be responsible for the shootings was apprehended and is in custody. We are referring all additional media inquiries to the Southern District of Ohio U.S. Attorney’s Press Office and they will provide additional information at the appropriate time.”
No further details were immediately available.

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Jordanian man accused of lying about citizenship to purchase ‘sniper rifle’

Investigators said the suspect, who is living in Youngstown, tried to buy the firearm at Fin Feather Fur in Boardman
By WKBN Staff Published: November 17, 2017, 1:36 pm Updated: November 17, 2017, 7:06 pm

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Jordanian man living in Youngstown is accused of making a false claim of citizenship to purchase a firearm.

Abdul Maola Alabadi, 35, is accused of going to Fin Feather Fur Outfitters in Boardman to purchase a rifle earlier this year.

The manager called police after he said Alabadi made suspicious comments, which made him stop the sale of the firearm. He said Alabadi purchased a 9 mm pistol the previous week, according to the court documents.

Alabadi told a sales associate he wanted to purchase a “sniper rifle for training.” The manager estimated Alabadi was in the store for two to three hours, and at one point, had someone come to translate and attempt to purchase a firearm for him, according to court documents.

During the previous purchase of the 9 mm, Alabadi checked a box indicating he was a U.S. citizen, according to investigators. Alabadi is not a U.S. citizen, according to court documents.

The investigation preceding the information was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Toepfer.

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Nurses at Lima Memorial Hospital Celebrate New Contract

The nurses’ union overwhelmingly ratifies three-year deal with hospital

LIMA, Ohio – The nurses represented by the Ohio Nurses Association at Lima Memorial Hospital are celebrating a contract win, with an overwhelming number of the nurses voting on October 23rd to ratify the new contract.

The nearly 300 strong nursing union secured an 11% across the board wage increase over the life of the contract – a benefit this group has never seen before. Other gained benefits include:

• A 114% per hour shift differential increase for weekend shift.
• A 17% per hour shift differential increase for charge nurses.
• A $3 per hour (first year of contract), $3.50 (second year) and $4 per hour (third year) shift differential increase for night shift.
• Paid time off for senior nurses that is equitable to non-union hospital personnel.
“The across the board wage and shift differential increases make our pay competitive with other hospitals, which ultimately helps the hospital retain nurses. It’s expensive to replace a nurse, and paying us a fair wage keeps good, experienced nurses who can provide the best patient care here at Lima Memorial,” said Mary Bales, union president.

The nurses fought hard for the increases and to retain current benefits – like the ability to take education days to keep up with current nursing practices.

“Our nurses came together like never before to secure a contract that included fair wages and the continued opportunity for professional development. At the bargaining table, I was proud to deliver nearly 200 petition signatures from our nurses demanding a fair and equitable agreement. We are a testament of what can be accomplished when we stand together as one,” continued Bales.

The new contract is effective November 1, 2017 for three years.

The Ohio Nurses Association is the largest nursing union in Ohio, representing over 7,500 nurses in the state.


About ONA: Formed in 1904, the Ohio Nurses Association is a powerful network of registered nurses who are committed to advancing nursing through education, political action and workplace advocacy. ONA is the leading voice of the approximately 190,000 professional registered nurses in Ohio. To become a member of the Ohio Nurses Association, visit

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