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Jake Zuckerman

Jake Zuckerman

Jake Zuckerman is a statehouse reporter. He spent three years chronicling the West Virginia Legislature for The Charleston Gazette-Mail after covering cops and courts for The Northern Virginia Daily.

DeWine signs bill to deregulate construction over ephemeral streams

By: - April 22, 2022

Gov. Mike DeWine signed legislation Thursday to roll back regulations surrounding the development of ephemeral streams, which flow only by way of rain and snowmelt. There are more than 36,000 miles of ephemeral streams in Ohio, according to legislative testimony from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. They channel water into larger streams and can filter […]

Judge orders FirstEnergy to turn over records tied to bribery scandal

By: - April 21, 2022

An administrative judge for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio once again ordered FirstEnergy Corp. to hand over thousands of documents to a watchdog state agency, partially rebuffing the company’s request for a four-month delay. The ruling Wednesday caps off a drawn-out fight over records the company has already given to federal regulators for an […]

Dem gubernatorial interviews: Cranley talks ‘energy dividends,’ guns, health and wealth

By: - April 20, 2022

For every lump of coal or cubic foot of natural gas taken from Ohio’s underground, John Cranley wants to give some of the wealth back to the people at the surface. A former Cincinnati mayor now running for governor as a Democrat, Cranley proposes raising the severance tax — which is paid in Ohio by […]

Recreational marijuana could mean $375 million per year in Ohio taxes, OSU researchers say

By: - April 20, 2022

Recreational marijuana in Ohio could mean up to $375 million in annual tax revenue for the state, according to new research from Ohio State University. The study, released just in time for America’s annual, informal marijuana celebration day Wednesday, uses tax estimates from an initiated statute effort to legalize marijuana in the state, possibly via […]

Dem Gov interviews: Nan Whaley on vaccines, guns, dark money, and abortion

By: - April 19, 2022

If keeping children in school full-time is the goal, it only makes sense to require the COVID-19 vaccine the same way schools require vaccination against polio, measles, and other shots for enrollment, said Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley. “Kids need to stay in school no matter what,” said Whaley, a two-term Dayton mayor who’s quickly […]

He teaches critical race theory. He has problems with GOP efforts to ban it

By: - April 18, 2022

There’s a certain “slander” at the heart of dueling bills aimed to limit how teachers talk to students about race, sexuality, history, and politics, according to Timothy Messer-Kruse. If you read the legislation, he said, their language presupposes educators are engaged in practices like indoctrinating, guilt-tripping, and forcing their personal politics onto students. As a […]

Netflix, Hulu fight to avoid ‘video service provider’ fees before Ohio Supreme Court

By: - April 14, 2022

A small Ohio city asked the Supreme Court to declare that streamers like Netflix and Hulu are “video service providers” under state law and therefore must pay a franchise fee to their customers’ localities. As people increasingly sever ties with cable companies and opt for streaming services — be they live television offerings like sports […]

FirstEnergy fights to slow-walk subpoena for records tied to bribery case

By: - April 12, 2022

Despite public promises of transparency, FirstEnergy Corp. is fighting a legal battle to slow-walk its production of documents subpoenaed by a consumer watchdog agency related to the company’s self-professed bribery operation. FirstEnergy, which owns three electric utilities in Ohio, has already successfully narrowed the scope of the documents it was ordered to turn over related […]

Lawmakers could soon pass bill blocking Ohio cities from outlawing carrying knives

By: - April 8, 2022

An Ohio House committee passed legislation Thursday that would block cities from passing local laws restricting whether people can carry switchblades and other knives within their borders. The legislation passed the Senate in October in a party line vote with Republicans in support. It can now proceed to the House floor for a final vote […]

Lawmakers send governor bill to deregulate construction over ephemeral streams

By: - April 7, 2022

The Ohio General Assembly passed legislation Wednesday that relaxes regulations around the development of ephemeral streams, which flow only by way of rain and snowmelt. There are more than 36,000 miles of ephemeral streams in Ohio, according to legislative testimony from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. They channel water into larger streams and can filter […]

GOP Rep: Supreme Court should pay for 2nd primary after overturning redistricting maps

By: - April 6, 2022

With likelihood growing of state lawmakers establishing a new date for a legislative primary, a freshman Republican proposed requiring the Ohio Supreme Court to fund the roughly $25 million election. State Rep. Ron Ferguson, of Wintersville, unveiled the proposal to reporters on Tuesday. This comes after the Ohio Supreme Court has rejected three sets of […]

Early voting starts today. Here are the basics

By: - April 5, 2022

Despite drawn out legal battles over district lines for state legislative and U.S. House seats, yes, there’s still a May 3 primary in Ohio. Monday was the final day to register to vote in time to participate in the May 3 primary. Early voting starts Tuesday. Here are some of the basics from there. May’s […]