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Environmental Groups Publicly Objected DeWine-Appointed Regulator Involved in Scandal

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Environmental Groups Publicly Objected DeWine-Appointed Regulator Involved in Scandal

Hostility to renewables was part of the reason BY: MARTY SCHLADEN 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 them was part of a $61 million bribery and money-laundering scheme. The […]

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Ohio House Expels Householder Nearly a Year After Racketeering Indictment

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio House Expels Householder Nearly a Year After Racketeering Indictment

By Jake Zuckerman The Ohio House voted Wednesday to expel Larry Householder, arrested on charges of public corruption nearly one year ago, from the chamber his Republican — and even some Democratic — colleagues thrice elected him to control. The expulsion could mark the end of Householder’s decades-long political career, which has included a previous tenure […]

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Ohio House Elects Lima Representative to Replace Householder

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio House Elects Lima Representative to Replace Householder

This article was originally published on Thursday, July 30, 2020. By Ohio Capital Journal Staff 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, […]

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Write-in Candidates Looking to Replace Larry Householder

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Write-in Candidates Looking to Replace Larry Householder

By Tyler Buchanan Jay Conrad voted for Larry Householder just two years ago. Now, Conrad wants to replace him. “I was angry,” he said about Householder’s recent arrest for alleged involvement in a bribery scheme. “I was frustrated. Super disappointed. I voted for Larry personally in 2018. To me, it was almost like a slap in the face.” […]

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Efforts to Stop Signature Collection Firms, Bribe Collectors in Criminal Complaint Against Householder

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Efforts to Stop Signature Collection Firms, Bribe Collectors in Criminal Complaint Against Householder

By Susan Tebben The criminal complaint against Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four political operatives lays out alleged bribes made to signature collectors for a voter referendum on a nuclear bailout, along with a comprehensive campaign to hire signature collection companies, just so those companies couldn’t work against the bailout effort, House Bill 6. Householder […]

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‘Representative 7’ Gave FBI Texts, Testimony Against Ohio House Speaker in Bribery Case

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal ‘Representative 7’ Gave FBI Texts, Testimony Against Ohio House Speaker in Bribery Case

By Jake Zuckerman The state representative wanted to explain his opposition to bailing out two failing nuclear power plants owned by FirstEnergy Solutions. A high-powered lobbyist, who federal prosecutors allege was involved in a $61 million racketeering scheme operated by the Speaker of the House and others in his “enterprise” to pass the bailout, wasn’t having it. “No […]

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Ohio House Speaker, Others Charged with Racketeering Amid Dark-Money Allegations

Ohio Capital Journal Ohio Capital Journal Ohio House Speaker, Others Charged with Racketeering Amid Dark-Money Allegations

By Marty Schladen Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, four political operatives and a dark-money group were charged Tuesday in a criminal complaint that an Ohio energy company paid them $61 million to get a $1.5 billion nuclear bailout from taxpayers. Charged along with Householder were Matt Borges, a lobbyist who was formerly chairman of the Ohio […]

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