In its latest move, the Biden administration announced Wednesday that it’s canceling $1.2 billion in debt for nearly 153,000 people enrolled in Saving on a Valuable Education, or SAVE. In Ohio, 7,540 borrowers will have a combined $60 million forgiven, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
Nearly four years after FirstEnergy admitted to bribing top Ohio Republican officials, Ohio law enforcement authorities filed numerous felony charges against two former First Energy executives and a former top utility regulator in what has been called the biggest bribery, racketeering and money-laundering scandal in Ohio history. All three men pleaded not guilty to the charges, were released from Summit County Jail after each posted 10% of $100,000 bond and are required to wear ankle monitors. Details include how the entire scandal reached Governor Mike DeWine (R) and Lt. Governor Jon Husted (R) universe. Ohio Democrats has tried to repeal HB6 and to have safeguards to prevent future corruption. GOP supermajority continues to block all efforts.
A record 477,793 Ohioans have enrolled in the Affordable Care Act health plan for 2024. Ohio’s increased enrollment is one example of a larger national trend. On January 24, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that 21.3 million people nationwide selected a Marketplace plan during the open enrollment period. Of those, 16 million renewed their coverage, while 5 million were new users. All three of the GOP U.S. Senate candidates have stated they would vote to repeal the ACA while Senate Sherrod Brown has consistently voted against any efforts to repeal it.
Embarrassing. Infuriating. Oppressing. Take your pick. They all describe the performative do-nothings in Columbus and Washington. Dodgy politicians who aspire not to serve the greater good but to grandstand in the extreme for notoriety. It’s not for nothing that Ohio’s General Assembly and the U.S. House of Representatives (both under the loosely defined management of MAGA Republicans) were historically unproductive last year in terms of lawmaking.
Plaintiffs in a civil suit related to the HB6 First Energy massive $61 million bribery and money-laundering scandal have subpoenaed documents from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. In addition, they’re scheduling a sworn deposition with Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose (R) told a GOP group that he allowed several anti-abortion groups to assist in the rewrite of the ballot language of Issue 1. Thus, Ohio’s top elections official invited opponents to write ballot language that mischaracterized the abortion-rights amendment that supporters gathered a half-million registered voters’ signatures to put to on the November General Election ballot.
In addition, HB341 — which would change how Issue 2 revenue funds would be allocated and allow municipalities to ban marijuana dispensaries and home grow. The bill wipes out an entire section of the new law that prohibits municipalities from banning home grow, marijuana use and levying special taxes or fees on marijuana businesses.
COMMENTARY: Ohio voters just took firm positions on abortion and reproductive rights and adult-use recreational marijuana Tuesday, but gerrymandered Ohio lawmakers are already planning to flout, ignore, challenge, and abuse the voters’ wishes. This is what gerrymandering brings. This is why it’s a fundamental poison in the lifeblood of our republic.
YES on Issue 1 – The Right To Reproductive Freedom With Protections For Health And Safety and An Act To Control and YES on Issue 2 – Regulate Adult Use Cannabis both WON as Ohioans made their voices – and votes – heard! Ohioans rejected the extreme republican abortion ban – 6 week ban with no exceptions for rape or incest – that Governor Mike DeWine (R) and the Ohio GOP had put into law. Women and their families with their doctors can now make their own reproductive health care choices.
A campaign pushing to overhaul Ohio’s system of drawing political maps has cleared an initial legal hurdle, after Attorney General Dave Yost gave his OK on Monday to language that will appear on the petitions that the group must circulate to qualify for the ballot.