AG Dave Yost is doing the right thing on HB6, so why not House Speaker Bob Cupp? This Week in the CLE

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is doing the right thing on the

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is doing the right thing on the corrupt House Bill 6, so why isn’t House Speaker Bob Cupp?

We’re talking about Yost’s push to hold Energy Harbor and FirstEnergy accountable on the need for a $1.3 billion nuclear bailout on This Week in the CLE.

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What is Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s latest step to bring transparency and honesty to the move to repeal HB6, the corrupt bill adopted by the Ohio legislature to make us all pay $1.3 billion to bail out what were then FirstEnergy’s nuclear plants? Yost is urging state lawmakers to have Energy Harbor and FirstEnergy Corp. representatives testify before legislative committees and disclose whether the plants actually need the money.

Do we know anything more about the police officer who gave the finger Tuesday night to protesters who were demonstrating against, you guessed it, police abuse? Shaker Heights is investigating a police officer who flipped off a group of protesters demonstrating outside the presidential debate in Cleveland Tuesday. Adam Ferrise reports the Shaker officer was working in Cleveland as part of the presidential debate detail.

What laws might be getting broken by the people flashing political messages on the side of Terminal Tower? The city prosecutor’s office offered three sections of law that it believes prohibit the light display: a city law related to posting signs or other types of messages on private property without consent, a city law related to criminal mischief, and a state law related to political communications.

How bad were the television ratings for the wrestling match that purported to be a presidential debate in Cleveland Tuesday night? Despite speculation the first debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden could draw Super Bowl-like television ratings, the debate drew about 73.1 million Americans.

As expected, an appellate court slapped down a lower court’s order that the state accept online absentee ballot applications. What was the reasoning? The 10th District Court of Appeals said they agreed that state law doesn’t prohibit elections officials from accepting applications for absentee ballots via email or fax, but that the Ohio Democratic Party didn’t demonstrate a “right” under the law to “unlimited methods for delivery of their applications.”

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is going to sign the prohibition on plastic bags even though he is against it. How does that work? DeWine opposes the ban, but he said that because it expires after 12 months, and because of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, he’s been persuaded to support it.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is considered one of the biggest villains in U.S. history when it comes to harming the election process, so why are Ohio elections officials lining up for Zuckerberg’s millions? Because the bulk of the money is headed to county board of elections, via the Center for Tech and Civic Life, a Chicago-based nonprofit that describes itself as promoting elections modernization and civic engagement.

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