Environmental groups tried to warn DeWine not to appoint regulator accused in scandal
Late last year, as his administration was plunging deeper into a scandal over a nuclear bailout, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he supported keeping the billion-dollar ratepayer subsidy even though the original deal creating it was part of a $61 million bribery and money-laundering scheme. The governor said he supported scrapping the law creating the […]
U.S. attorney departs, but HB 6 investigation is far from over
The cruel fortunes of politics mean that David M. DeVillers stopped being the top federal law enforcement official for Southern Ohio on Sunday. But the attorney who last July announced the arrest of then-House Speaker Larry Householder, last week said the investigation that led to the arrest isn’t going anywhere. The scandal surrounding what DeVillers said […]
Never needed? Senate president predicts little opposition to nuclear bailout repeal
A billion-dollar nuclear subsidy was the subject of an intense fight in 2019 and great controversy since. But the president of the Ohio Senate this week predicted that a repeal will make it through the House, Senate and that Gov. Mike DeWine will sign it. The reason: The company that owns the nuclear reactors no […]
DeWine refuses to explain aide’s role in bailout scandal
If you asked most people to start up a dark money group and then funnel more than $1 million through it and into another such group, they’d probably want to know what it was going to be used for. But now that the second 501(c)(4) dark-money group, Generation Now, has pleaded guilty to being at […]
DeWine aide’s organization was link to now-guilty dark money group
Dan McCarthy, a top aide to Gov. Mike DeWine, hasn’t explained what he thought the point was of the millions funneling through a dark money group he founded and into another at the heart of a huge corruption scandal that has rocked Ohio. He did say, however, that he had no reason to believe it […]
DeWine won’t commit to putting consumer advocate on utility commission
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 […]
Legislators consider guns, abortion, HB 6 repeal and health department powers in last scheduled sessions
Update: At 10:45 a.m. Thursday, the Senate President announced the body could convene as needed, meaning Thursday might not be the last day of the legislative session. More guns. Fewer abortions. Delaying a nuclear bailout repeal and weakening the health department. With one official legislative day remaining in Ohio’s 133rd General Assembly, Ohio lawmakers have […]
Despite scandal, DeWine says he takes corruption seriously
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.
The nuclear bailout nobody’s talking about
Bankruptcy of former FirstEnergy subsidiary might be yet another bailout for Akron utility conglomerate.
New utility group touts independence, but questions remain about ties to Illinois nuclear bailout
A new Ohio utility group on Wednesday unveiled its first big report, rating Ohio's power grid as the fifth-worst in the nation.
Should anyone be surprised by Householder’s downfall?
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 […]
How two state legislatures passed two FirstEnergy bailouts on the same day
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 […]