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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.

Governor appoints former lawmaker to elections board who hyped up 2020 voter fraud claims

By: - March 10, 2022

Gov. Mike DeWine appointed a former lawmaker to a state board that oversees political campaigns who has publicly amplified debunked notions of election fraud in 2020. Christina Hagan-Nemeth, who served in the Ohio House before mounting two unsuccessful congressional bids, was appointed Tuesday to the Ohio Elections Commission. Her term runs through the end of […]

COVID vaccination hits record lull in Ohio; less than 2 in 3 are vaccinated

By: - March 8, 2022

Ohio’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign has hit a new lull after two months of record low numbers of residents getting vaccinated. While the concept of diminishing marginal returns would suggest this is to be expected, Ohio remains under-vaccinated on a national and international scale. Just 62% of state residents are vaccine-started, and 57% are vaccine completed. […]

Ohio judge withdraws from probes into nuclear bailout he helped write

By: - March 7, 2022

A state judge who oversees utility cases withdrew himself Friday from four cases involving legislation now at the center of a criminal public corruption investigation. Greg Price, an attorney examiner with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and chief of the electric and energy section, stepped back from investigations into FirstEnergy Corp. He cited the […]

Gun lobbyist wrote GOP lawmakers’ ‘permitless carry’ speech, document data shows

By: - March 4, 2022

Last April, two Republicans in the Ohio House told lawmakers their “constitutional carry” bill would ease the bureaucratic hassle of undergoing training and a background check to obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon. They didn’t write the speech. Chris Dorr, the “no compromise” gun lobbyist and executive director of Ohio Gun Owners, did.  […]

Legislature passes permitless concealed carry; bill goes to DeWine

By: - March 3, 2022

Republicans in both chambers of the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation Wednesday removing permitting, training, and background check requirements to carry a concealed weapon. Senate Bill 215 now goes to GOP Gov. Mike DeWine, who can sign it into law or veto the legislation. It passed 57-35 in the House on Wednesday, mostly along party […]

Ohio pensions have $38 mil in Russian-owned gas company; $147 mil more in region

By: - March 2, 2022

Two Ohio public employee pension programs currently have a combined $38 million invested a Russian state-owned natural gas company, while another pension program has $147 million invested in the region. The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) has about $25.1 million invested in Gazprom in a combination of stocks and bonds, according to a spokesman. […]

Ohio House won’t release texts between House Rep and indicted ex-Speaker

By: - March 2, 2022

Lawyers with the Ohio House of Representatives denied a public records requests for text messages between a sitting lawmaker and the former House Speaker, who was expelled by his peers while under a racketeering indictment related to alleged public corruption. State Rep. Jay Edwards, R-Nelsonville, and Larry Householder regularly exchange text messages and talk on […]

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House to vote on removing training, background check requirements for concealed carry

By: - March 1, 2022

The Ohio House will vote Wednesday, once again, on legislation to remove training and permitting requirements to carry a concealed handgun in the state. House Speaker Bob Cupp, R-Lima, said the legislation, which a House committee passed out on Tuesday, will be up for a passage vote at a floor session Wednesday afternoon. Because the […]

Ohio judge helped write a bailout that led to arrests; now he’s blocking outside probes

By: - February 28, 2022

A judge who oversees utility cases was involved in writing a coal and nuclear bailout now at the center of what prosecutors have described as the largest public corruption case in Ohio history, subpoenaed documents show. That same judge, Greg Price, is presiding over multiple regulatory cases in which a government watchdog agency is trying […]

EPA coal ash crackdown could shutter southeast Ohio power plant

By: - February 25, 2022

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is cracking down on groundwater pollution from the James M. Gavin power plant in Cheshire, which some say could mean the beginning of the end for Ohio’s largest coal-fired facility. The plant’s coal ash pond, a 58-acre reservoir that holds the noxious waste left behind from burnt coal, is unlined. […]

Three men plead guilty to plotting a white supremacist attack on power grid

By: - February 24, 2022

Three men, one from Ohio, pleaded guilty to federal terrorism charges after admitting their plans to attack the power grid “in furtherance of white supremacist ideology,” according to documents unsealed Wednesday. Christopher Brenner Cook, 20, of Columbus, Ohio; Jonathan Allen Frost, 24, of West Lafayette, Indiana, and of Katy, Texas; and Jackson Matthew Sawall, 22, […]

History Thursday: When DeWine tried to hold the gun industry accountable

By: - February 24, 2022

Before mass shootings in America became a semi-regular occurrence, the Republican Senator from Ohio took to the floor in a plea to hold those who make and sell guns accountable. The U.S. Senate was on the precipice of passing the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act” (PLCAA) in 2005, which created a powerful legal […]