Energy & Environment

Consumer advocate again demanding independent probe of FirstEnergy

BY: - September 23, 2020

Ohio's official consumer advocate is again asking that regulators mount an independent investigation into whether a Northern Ohio utility improperly used ratepayer funds to fuel what federal prosecutors called the biggest bribery scandal in state history.

Consumer advocate wants to know where utility got $60M from in alleged bribery scandal

BY: - September 10, 2020

Ohio's official utility watchdog wants to know where Akron-based FirstEnergy got the $60 million that federal prosecutors say fueled the largest bribery scandal in Ohio history.

House committee to hear first effort to repeal House Bill 6

BY: - September 8, 2020

In early 2019, then-Speaker of the House Larry Householder created a new legislative committee for the purpose of crafting a nuclear bailout bill. In the wake of a bribery scandal involving that bill, the new Speaker of the House Bob Cupp has announced a new committee intent on getting it repealed. The Lima Republican announced […]

Sen. Brown says Dems will overcome challenge of reaching voters during pandemic

BY: - August 31, 2020

The political conventions have come and gone. In a normal presidential election year, the candidates would spend the fall touring the country, making sure to spend plenty of time in the swing state of Ohio. That won’t be the case this year, but U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said Friday he is confident his party will […]

Without federal unemployment benefit, hunger said to be looming for huge numbers of Ohioans

BY: - August 20, 2020

A top Ohio food bank official issued a stark warning Wednesday: Hundreds of thousands of Ohioans already face food insecurity and if Congress doesn't act soon, the pain might become impossible for the rest of Ohioans to ignore.

Former state rep, secretary of state candidate to speak as part of ‘rising stars’ keynote at DNC

BY: - August 17, 2020

Former Ohio state representative and 2018 Democratic candidate for Ohio secretary of state Kathleen Clyde will speak Tuesday night at the virtual Democratic National Convention as part of a slate of ‘rising stars’ in the party delivering a keynote address. Clyde, who now serves as a Portage County commissioner, will join 16 others for the […]

Trying to avoid the fray, DeWine pleads for federal help for cities and states

BY: - August 14, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday tried to stay out of Washington's political battles while making an impassioned plea for federal assistance to state and local governments.

DeWine might use former president of dark money group to lobby for another nuclear bailout

BY: - August 5, 2020

Not only does he intend to keep Dan McCarthy in his administration, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine might use McCarthy to lobby the legislature for another nuclear bailout. McCarthy, DeWine’s legislative affairs director, is a former lobbyist for FirstEnergy who set up a dark money group that funneled millions of corporate dollars into a second dark-money […]

Former Dem leader says he failed to stop massive corruption scandal

BY: - August 3, 2020

Anybody in the know about Ohio politics has a perspective on what federal law enforcement is calling the biggest bribery scandal in state history.  But nobody could have had the same perspective that Fred Strahorn did when news broke on July 21 that Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder had been arrested on charges that he […]

COMMENTARY

Energy is a basic need, and many Americans are struggling to afford it in the COVID-19 recession

BY: and - July 31, 2020

Several months into the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, lower-income families are struggling to pay their energy bills. That’s a big concern during extreme events like summer heat waves, which can be deadly – especially for elderly people, young children, people of color and the poor. We ran a nationally representative survey in May 2020 of U.S. […]

How two state legislatures passed two FirstEnergy bailouts on the same day

BY: - July 27, 2020

In a 24-hour span last summer, two state legislatures passed two separate bailouts that will divert millions of taxpayer dollars annually into FirstEnergy coffers. In Ohio, lawmakers passed House Bill 6 on July 23, 2019, which tacks an 85-cent monthly surcharge on ratepayers and $2,400 for industrial customers to bail out two FirstEnergy Solutions nuclear […]

DeWine reverses on alleged corrupt bailout, won’t condemn aide’s dark money group

BY: - July 24, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike Dewine on Thursday reversed a position he’d taken a day earlier. He said that although he still supported a ratepayer bailout of two Northern Ohio nuclear plants, the state legislature should “repeal and replace” an existing law that federal prosecutors say is the product of a criminal conspiracy. But although DeWine said […]