Ohio Democrats Release Records on DeWine Seeking Legal Advice on FirstEnergy

On Wednesday, the Ohio Democratic Party (ODP) released new records pertaining to the FirstEnergy scandal, indicating that Governor Mike DeWine (R) frequently spoke with a “risk communications team” as well as attorneys including Ohio Attorney General David Yost (R) concerning the issue. 

Jeff Crossman and Taylor Sappington, respectively Democratic candidates for Ohio attorney general and Ohio Auditor, are also publicizing these documents via their campaign websites to underscore what their party suggests is increasing evidence of culpability on DeWine’s part. (Crossman will face Yost in this November’s election; Sappington is running against incumbent Auditor Keith Faber.)

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Ohio Redistricting GOP Say They Had No Options for State Maps

Republican members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission say they did everything the state Supreme Court ordered them to do. Still, they say independent map makers ran out of time, leaving tweaks to a previously unconstitutional GOP plan as the only option for new state legislative districts.

The responses from Gov. Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, State Auditor Keith Faber, Senate President Matt Huffman, R-Lima, and House Speaker Robert Cupp, R-Lima, came at the 9 a.m. deadline on Monday the court gave to show cause why the group should not be held in contempt.

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State Legislative Races Removed from Ohio’s May 3 Primary

Ohio voters will not be able to decide on candidates for the state Legislature during the May 3 primary after the state Supreme Court struck down new district maps for the third time.

In a letter to House and Senate leadership and Gov. Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Frank LaRose said it was no longer logistically possible to include district-specific legislative races on the ballots.

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Ohio Redistricting Commission Sets Meeting on Deadline Date

The Ohio Redistricting Commission announced it will meet Thursday, the same day as a court-ordered deadline to submit its third effort at state legislative maps.

The meeting comes as the two Democrats on the commission have spent the past two weeks calling for meetings and after Republican State Auditor Keith Faber criticized Democrats for not calling a meeting themselves, despite commission rules that require both co-chairs to make the call.

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Making JobsOhio Transparent Is Like Making Sausage: It’s Not Pretty

JobsOhio has operated as a privatized, independent economic development agency for the State of Ohio since 2011. In all that time, a few concerned officials have tried to peel back the curtain obscuring its inner workings, too little success.

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Pike County Sheriff Indicted on 16 Charges, Pleads Not Guilty

  The Ohio Auditor of State‘s office has been investigating Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader. Late last month a grand jury in Pike County handed down 16 charges against the Sheriff. Auditor of State Keith Faber made this statement: “This has been a long and intensive investigation with unfortunate and…

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Toledo Superintendent Who Makes $195K Annually Used School Funds for Personal Expenses, Audit Finds

  A report released Tuesday by Ohio State Auditor Keith Faber revealed that Toledo City School District Superintendent Dr. Romules Durant used school money for personal expenses. According to the report, Durant used the district’s money to make several “improper purchases,” including $32 for alcohol, $396 for gas, $71 for…

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Ohio Democrat Auditor Candidate Zack Space Racks Up Big Dollars From Billionaire Impeachment Advocate Tom Steyer

Zack Space, Tom Steyer

According to Politico, billionaire, left wing climate activist Tom Steyer plans to spend at least $110 million in the 2018 elections to elect Democrats.  Their goal?  Vote to impeach President Donald Trump.  Until recently, most of this money was expected to be spent on congressional candidates and governors’ races.  But now…

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