Odds and ends ...
The quarterly campaign finance reporting deadline for federally elected officials and those running for office is Tuesday, but anyone wanting to see who is giving money to those people and how it's being spent will be out of luck if the government isn't reopened.
The Federal Election Commission will not update content on its website because of the shutdown.
The reporting deadline won't change. The FEC doesn't have the authority to extend deadlines, but it does have the option to not seek fines against filers, which it will do during the shutdown for filers who miss the deadline as long as they filed within a day of the FEC reopening.
People who file their reports electronically are given the same condition. Also, the FEC filing system must be working.
It'll be interesting to note when the reports are available the sums raised by candidates in the race for Ohio's 14th U.S. Congressional District, one of the top targets of the House Majority PAC. It's a super PAC (political action committee) committed to getting Democrats elected in the House and this seat is one of about half a dozen being focused on by the group.
The seat is held by freshman Republican Dave Joyce of Russell Township in Geauga County. Michael Wager, a Democrat, has announced his intention to run in 2014.
The district includes the northern portion of Trumbull County.
Finance reports filed July 15 for the previous quarter show Joyce had a hefty cash advantage, $786,000 to $204,000 for Wager. During the period - April 1 to June 30 - Joyce raised substantially more than Wager, $406,000 to $145,133.
Also on radar should be the race in the 6th District.
Jennifer Garrison, a former state representative from southeast Ohio, is running in the sprawling district that includes the southern part of Mahoning County.
This cycle will be her first reporting cycle, so it'll be interesting to see how much money she'll have to presumably challenge Republican incumbent Bill Johnson, who's in his second term.
At the close of the last reporting period, Johnson had $315,000 in his campaign coffers.
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A representative for state Sen. Nina Turner, a candidate for Ohio Secretary of State, will be in Warren on Monday to prep her campaign in Trumbull County, according to a news release from Trumbull for Positive Change, a grassroots group that supports Democratic efforts.
Assistant Pastor at Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Cleveland, Minister Kyle Earley, the political director for Turner, a Cleveland Democrat, will be the group's guest 6 p.m. at the 717 Union Hall, 2950 Sferra Drive N.W.
Turner is challenging Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted in the 2014 election.