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Between the Lines: Medicaid vote, Mandel's letter, Chief Wahoo

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Monday's controversial vote by the State Controlling Board will decide whether 275,000 struggling Ohioans are added to the Medicaid program.

It's Governor John Kasich's mission. He's argued that it makes financial sense and is the right thing to do.

But Republicans in the legislature balked at passing it.

So Kasich's asking the seven-member State Controlling Board to vote to accept the money, a move critics are calling illegal.

What will happen Monday? What will be the political fallout for Kasich?

State Treasurer Josh Mandel wrote a letter to California authorities asking that they pull back on threatened lawsuits against a Canton businessman's company.

It's the same Canton businessman now facing federal charges for obstructing justice and illegal campaign contributions funneled through his workers to Mandel and Congressman Jim Renacci.

The money started flowing three days after the letter. Mandel's spokesman says he does not recall the specific letter.

Mandel does not face any charges. What likely happened? What will it mean to Mandel's reelection campaign next year?

In the wake of the national controversy over the Washington Redskins' nickname, some here are reviving the debate over whether Chief Wahoo should stay or go as a Cleveland Indians logo.

The public overwhelmingly wants the Chief to stay. Can opponents reenergize their campaign?

Does the approaching 100-year anniversary of the Indians nickname provide a logical time for a possible change?

Tom Beres discusses these issues with Cleveland.Com Politics Writer Henry Gomez and Columnist Mark Naymik on this edition of Between the Lines.

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