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Consumer protection? New DeWine regulatory chief says most overcharges can’t be refunded

BY: - May 20, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine’s latest appointee to lead Ohio’s scandal-plagued utility regulator last week raised concerns among some lawmakers and consumer watchdogs. She claimed that her agency has only a very limited ability to make electric companies refund billions in improper charges to ratepayers. There was always going to be scrutiny when Jenifer French made her […]

DeWine won’t commit to putting consumer advocate on utility commission

BY: - January 25, 2021

Last week, as he rejected a list of four possible nominees to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine said he might still consider some of the individuals on the list — which included a consumer advocate. However, the governor’s office wouldn’t commit to appointing someone who has no ties to the industry […]

Despite scandal, DeWine says he takes corruption seriously

BY: - December 14, 2020

Despite a massive bribery scandal related to a lobbying effort involving his appointees and members of his administration, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says his administration takes corruption seriously.

Two men tied to Householder corruption probe plead guilty

BY: - October 29, 2020

Two men charged alongside former GOP House Speaker Larry Householder in an alleged racketeering operation channeled through the Ohio Statehouse pleaded guilty to one felony federal charge each Thursday afternoon. The pleas mark the first known convictions in the Householder affair and an early victory for prosecutors. They also raise the possibility of the men […]

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.

COMMENTARY

Should anyone be surprised by Householder’s downfall?

BY: - August 11, 2020

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder’s dramatic tumble from power last month shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone who has followed his career since 1996 when he was first elected to represent southeast Ohio’s 78th House District. As editor of The Athens NEWS, an alternative/community newsweekly in Athens, Ohio, I was uniquely situated to […]

Ohio House votes to remove Householder as speaker, elects Cupp

BY: - July 30, 2020

The Ohio House of Representatives voted Thursday to remove Speaker Larry Householder as the chamber’s leader, then hours later elevated state Rep. Bob Cupp to serve as the next Speaker of the House. Cupp, 69, a former Ohio Supreme Court justice, was chosen to guide the legislative chamber following the arrest of Householder as part […]

COMMENTARY

Unaccountable dark money has corrupted Ohio politics. It’s time to require disclosure.

BY: - July 28, 2020

The ugly saga of alleged corruption, bribery, money laundering and racketeering on the part of Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four political operatives in Ohio lays bare a nasty truth in the Buckeye State: Unaccountable dark money has corrupted our politics, so now we must demand the legislature act to require disclosure. The mechanism […]