Speaker Larry Householder

DeWine: Additional transparency not needed in massive Medicaid contracts

BY: - January 24, 2022

Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran apparently held stock in two huge health companies last year as she negotiated and signed multi-billion-dollar contracts with their subsidiaries. But she has refused to say how much she owned as she signed the deals. Nor will the man who appointed her, Gov. Mike DeWine, say he thinks Corcoran should […]

Economists pan Ohio coal subsidies

BY: - October 19, 2021

Coal subsidies passed in 2019 as part of a historically corrupt energy law are of no help to the state’s economy, the vast majority of a panel of academic economists said in a survey that was released Monday. Of the 22 economists responding, 21 disagreed with the proposition that “subsidies for coal plants paid for […]

Medicaid department mum on contacts with DeWine-connected lobbyist

BY: - October 4, 2021

A close, long-standing friend of Gov. Mike DeWine registered early this year to lobby on behalf of a giant Medicaid provider — just before Attorney General Dave Yost accused the company of ripping off tens of millions of taxpayer dollars. The company, St. Louis-based Centene, later agreed to pay out $88 million to Ohio and […]

Social media satirist known as ‘Reflog_18’ wants Householder’s open seat

BY: - June 18, 2021

Eligibility in question, but McNeil says he’s ‘less corrupt than the last guy’ A Licking County resident known widely online for his Ohio sports commentary and having once organized the Cleveland Browns 0-16 parade is vying for the Statehouse seat left open by the expulsion of Rep. Larry Householder. Chris McNeil, a Granville native who […]

Three Ohio energy giants haven’t paid federal income taxes in three years

BY: - April 7, 2021

They're making billions and they've gotten hefty subsidies from ratepayers. Yet three big energy companies doing business in Ohio haven't paid federal income tax since the 2017 Trump tax cuts, according to a new report.

COMMENTARY

Lack of sunshine in political money fuels corruption. Here’s proof

BY: - March 19, 2021

A historic nuclear bailout scandal in Ohio has already led to six indictments — including that of a House speaker — three guilty pleas and, unfortunately, one death. Still more indictments are possible next month when a federal grand jury is expected to again take up the matter. The whole sorry episode illustrates the desperate […]

Critics take aim at HB 6 coal subsidies

BY: - February 24, 2021

A 2019 energy bill at the heart of a historic Ohio scandal has plenty of critics and it contains plenty of provisions of which they’re critical.  There’s more than $1 billion to prop up two nuclear reactors that supposedly can’t compete on their own. And there’s $102 million in annual revenue guarantees for FirstEnergy, a […]

FirstEnergy touts openness, critic questions it

BY: - February 22, 2021

The Ohio power company at the heart of a historic scandal has taken steps in recent months to move on from it.  Akron-based FirstEnergy conducted an internal investigation that resulted in the firing of its CEO and other top executives. It agreed to forgo revenue guarantees that resulted from the corrupt legislation, House Bill 6, […]

Never needed? Senate president predicts little opposition to nuclear bailout repeal

BY: - February 18, 2021

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 aide’s organization was link to now-guilty dark money group

BY: - February 15, 2021

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

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 […]

Investigation of $460M in FirstEnergy charges back on, but why was it stopped in the first place?

BY: - January 5, 2021

The Public Utility Commission of Ohio has restarted an audit of $465 million that Akron-based FirstEnergy collected from ratepayers in 2017 and 2018, supposedly to modernize the utility grid. The state’s official watchdog, the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, wants to know whether any of the money was used in a $61 million bribery […]