Jon Husted

An Arkansas social media parental consent law was halted. How is Ohio impacted?

BY: - September 8, 2023

A federal court ruling in Arkansas has cast doubt on one of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s policy priorities. The governor urged lawmakers to require most minors get parental consent before using social media. They agreed to include the proposal in the budget. But this week a judge in Arkansas halted a similar law from taking […]

Google announces plans to invest $1.7 billion in a trio of Central Ohio data centers

BY: - August 29, 2023

In New Albany Monday, two of Ohio’s congressmen joined Lt. Gov. Jon Husted to announce the expansion of Google’s footprint in the area. Between data centers in New Albany Columbus and Lancaster, the search giant plans to invest $1.7 billion this year in technical infrastructure in Ohio. The initiative only adds to a boom in […]

Ohio’s employment hit a new high, how big a deal is that?

BY: - August 28, 2023

When Ohio released its last monthly jobs report, Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted took an unusual victory lap, touting “the most filled jobs in Ohio history.” In raw numbers, Ohio has reached a new peak in terms of labor participation, since officials began tracking it in 1990. “Ohio is the heart of […]

Ohio Gov. DeWine touts accomplishments in state budget, explains vetoes

BY: - July 6, 2023

Earlier this week Gov. Mike DeWine signed an operating budget covering the next two years. The budget is projected at $86 billion for fiscal year 2024 and $105 billion for fiscal year 2025. At a press conference Wednesday, the governor touted the administration’s wins, explained some of his vetoes, and hinted at next steps after […]

DeWine, Husted urge Ohio lawmakers to keep social media parental consent safeguards in budget

BY: - June 13, 2023

One of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s biggest asks in this year’s budget proposal was funding for mental health. House and Senate lawmakers are wrestling over the dollar figure ahead of conference committee negotiations. The House wants to cut it back significantly while the Senate agreed to DeWine’s number. But amid the wrangling over dollars and […]


Ohio’s billion-dollar bailout bribery trial showcasing rampant arrogance, corruption, and enabling

BY: - February 16, 2023

Every day more details emerge from Ohio’s billion-dollar bailout bribery trial showcasing gargantuan levels of arrogance, corruption, and enabling among energy executives and Ohio’s most powerful Republican politicians. Yesterday in federal court, prosecutors played recordings of late Ohio right-wing lobbyist Neil Clark that showed in extravagant detail how dirty Ohio politicians and power players really […]


Rampant ‘good old boys’ corruption is robbing Ohioans blind

BY: - January 26, 2023

The first couple days of the Larry Householder/Matt Borges/FirstEnergy political bribery, billion dollar bailout corruption scandal conjured up stereotypical scenes from a poorly written movie: Fat cat politicians and lobbyists jet-setting on private corporate planes to D.C. to wine and dine at expensive steakhouses with other fat cat corporate executives. I imagine glasses of Scotch […]

Gov. Mike DeWine wins second term in contest with Democrat Nan Whaley

BY: - November 8, 2022

Ohio voters reelected Gov. Mike DeWine Tuesday, giving the Greene County Republican four more years at the helm of Ohio’s highest executive office. DeWine focused much of his campaign on successful economic development such as the Intel microchip plant being built in New Albany, but in his second term DeWine will face several issues still […]

Campaign Notebook: Dueling bus tours in Central Ohio

BY: - November 4, 2022

Brightly colored tour buses ferried Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Tim Ryan and the entire slate of statewide Republican nominees through Central Ohio campaign swings Thursday. Ryan reiterated his message about the “exhausted majority,” and defeating extremism, while Republican Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted boasted about income tax cuts, Intel and police funding […]

Intel breaks ground at “Silicon Heartland” in Licking County

BY: - September 12, 2022

White tents sprung up like mushrooms Friday on the dusty patch of dirt where Intel is building two microchip factories. Returning to a line from his last state of the union address, President Biden called it a “field of dreams” serving notice that “the industrial Midwest is back.” “Since I took office, our economy has […]

Democrats criticize DeWine administration’s ethics, demand fixes

BY: - August 19, 2022

Democrats are hammering the administration of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine for a rash of stories over the last few months they say raise serious ethical questions that highlight the need for changes to Ohio law. In late May, Ohioans learned that Lt. Gov. Jon Husted quietly took a seat on a bank’s board a few […]


Nothing new? Records show startling new info on DeWine, Husted roles in Ohio bailout scandal

BY: - August 18, 2022

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted like to claim “there is nothing new” whenever startling new information is revealed about their administration’s role in Ohio’s corrupt political bribery and nuclear bailout scandal. I suppose it’s true they have personally known the extent of their own involvement all along, but the public hasn’t. […]