FirstEnergy firings prompt regulatory audit in nuclear bailout scandal
It slipped under the radar last week, but on the day after the presidential election the Public Utility Commission of Ohio ordered a management audit of Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. to determine whether it abided by separation rules when it spun off its nuclear reactors in 2016.
Republicans in Congress chime in on Trump claims of a stolen election
WASHINGTON — Some Republicans in Congress are agreeing with President Donald Trump’s baseless claims that the election was stolen from him, and backing legal challenges to voting results in states won by President-elect Joe Biden. “For the integrity of the electoral process, and the system that we have chosen to effectuate our democracy, we have […]
Bill seeking business fairness in health shutdowns passes in committee
On a day when Ohio set more records for COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, some Republican lawmakers turned their attention once more to reining in the state health department’s authority in trying to curb the spread of an infectious disease. For much of 2020, Ohio Republicans have introduced and approved various pieces of legislation that targets […]
The Supreme Court could strike down Obamacare. Here’s what’s at stake.
WASHINGTON — The fate of the sweeping 2010 health care law known as Obamacare is again in limbo, with the Supreme Court on Tuesday set to hear arguments over whether that statute should be overturned. States are at the heart of the case and nearly every one has made an argument about why Obamacare should […]
Columbus, Dayton allege ‘dangerous failure’ in state gun background check system
Two of Ohio’s largest cities have accused the state government of a “continuing and dangerous failure” to report criminal convictions to the federal background check system, leaving the door open for felons to procure firearms. Attorneys for the cities of Columbus and Dayton filed the lawsuit in Franklin County court Monday morning. They’re asking a […]
Ohio congressional map to be redrawn after decade of gerrymandering
Democrat Shannon Freshour’s campaign against U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, began with a viral announcement and she stayed in the spotlight for the year to follow. Republican Christina Hagan, running against U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, got an endorsement tweet from Donald Trump. The president even shared Hagan’s campaign donation page to his millions of […]
Ohio physicians sound alarm about COVID-19 hospitalizations, staffing strain
Physicians and hospital administrators assisting Ohio’s COVID-19 response sought to sound the alarms Monday about a rising COVID-19 hospitalization load that’s showing no sign of letting up. Beds and ventilators aren’t running low for now. However, Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, the newly hired chief medical officer for the Ohio Department of Health, said hospitals are struggling […]
UC police records of sex offender not protected under student privacy law, court says
The University of Cincinnati didn’t have the right to keep records of a student who was a convicted sex offender out of public view, according to the Ohio Court of Claims. After student William Houston was awarded an honor given to student who have had to overcome adversity, the university was criticized for the award, […]
Where Ohio’s GOP leaders are on the outcome of the election
Some, but not all, Ohio Republican officials on Monday appeared to be distancing themselves from Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims that the Nov. 3 election is being stolen from him.
Two bills seek to address unconstitutional public school funding before year’s end
Running parallel to a House Bill in the works for years, Ohio state senators have introduced a similar proposal to equalize the public school budget formula and set up the next General Assembly with a “blueprint” for a funding overhaul. In a virtual press conference on Friday, state Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, and Sen. Vernon […]
Ohio GOP lawmakers, without evidence, cry fraud on Biden win
As a presidential election teetered toward Joe Biden, several House Republican lawmakers in Ohio took to their social media accounts to allege, without evidence, systemic voter fraud. The state lawmakers largely parroted President Donald Trump’s speech Thursday night and subsequent campaign messaging, which alleged a wide-ranging conspiracy essentially accusing several cities of pulling Democratic votes […]
It’s looking good for Secretary of State LaRose’s bet with Michigan
Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s bet with the state up north is, like some elections throughout America, still too close to call. But it’s looking good for Ohio. A full year ago, LaRose and his counterpart in Michigan made a bet to see which state would have the higher voter turnout percentage in the 2020 […]