Lawyers for Former FirstEnergy Executives Re-Identify Ohio Governor’s Office in HB6 Trial Files: Capitol Letter
Twice DeWine: For the second time in a month, former executives of FirstEnergy Corp. identified the Ohio governor’s office in documents involving a lawsuit that focuses on House Bill 6. appearing with dozens of other entities and Statehouse officials in cases in Akron U.S. District Court, where a shareholder lawsuit accuses the company’s board of not monitoring and preventing the scandal. In a set of documents, lawyers say Husted is “supposed to have knowledge of the factual allegations underlying” the lawsuit. In another, the documents seek any correspondence DeWine and Husted, as well as their offices, may have had with two nonprofits at the center of the case. A spokesperson for the governor said DeWine and Husted were not recognized.
Vote early and often: Voting is open for the Sloopys, the Capitol Letter’s irreverent annual awards for everything related to the Ohio Statehouse. This year there are 28 different categories. The ballot boxes close at 5 p.m. Tuesday, so be sure to make your voice heard. We will share the winners in the December 22 edition. And if you want, check out our past winners from 2020, 2019 and 2018.
Riot time: Special Committee to Investigate Jan.6 Attack on U.S. Capitol Want to Talk to Ohio Congressional Candidate Max Miller about His Role in Planning Former President Donald Trump’s Rally which preceded his supporters’ attack on Capitol Hill in an unsuccessful effort to prevent Congress from tallying the electoral votes in the 2020 presidential election, writes Sabrina Eaton. A letter the committee sent to Miller says he attended a meeting with Trump to discuss the speakers for the rally and made representations to the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior about the location of the scene.
Fight against sex trafficking: The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center has received a million dollar grant to help child sex trafficking victims in Cuyahoga and Ashtabula counties, Eaton reports. The grant will be used to improve survivors’ safety, access to justice and self-reliance.
Goodbye, Mr. Jackson: On January 3, Cleveland will have something it hasn’t had in 16 years: a new mayor. Justin Bibb will take over from Mayor Frank Jackson, who announced his retirement last year. Former Cleveland.com and Plain Dealer editor Mark Vosburg wrote a special farewell to Cleveland’s longest-serving mayor, reflecting on his accomplishments and the air of mystery he has retained after so many years in power.
Omicron is coming: The Ohio Department of Health has reported Buckeye State’s first two cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant. Kaylee Remington reports that two men from central Ohio have tested positive for the variant. The health department reported the news on Saturday but did not disclose when the men tested positive. In other COVID-19 news, Jane Morice reports that it has been almost a year since Ohio saw a comparable number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized. As of Saturday, 4,519 patients with COVID-19 were in hospitals in Ohio, including 1,140 in intensive care, according to data from the Ohio Hospital Association. The last time there were more people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ohio was December 29, 2020.
On the ice: The Ohio House has adjourned for the holidays without passing a provision that would require FirstEnergy to purchase wind power from the proposed Icebreaker project on Lake Erie, which would provide the cash needed to build it, reports Peter Krouse. The plan had been to insert an amendment for Icebreaker into House Bill 389, but there was not enough GOP support.
Five things we learned from the May 14, 2021 financial disclosure of State Representative Kris Jordan, a Republican from Delaware County:
- Her full name is Kristopher.
- He works for Trebel, LLC, an energy company in Mansfield. He was paid $ 1,000 to $ 9,999 as a consultant for the company.
- He disclosed three personal investments worth at least $ 1,000: his state pension, his deferred state compensation and precious metals.
- At one point in 2020, he owed Discover Card and Ralph Jordan at least $ 1,000.
- He revealed that he received a branded hat and mask from the Central Ohio Transit Authority valued at $ 28.
Straight from the source
âGov. Beshear and I started the morning together, and he said like wa- – I was watching him on TV talking to him – like all of you did – and he – his comment was, “This looks like a war zone. but worse. ‘”
President Joe Biden in his remarks on a conversation he had Saturday with Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear discussing the devastation caused by a series of tornadoes that ravaged the Midwest. More than 100 people are believed to have died and even more people are missing in Bluegrass State and parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee.
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