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June 24, 2024

Biden is gonna come out

all juiced up! Hyper caffeinated according to Hannity

I hope he comes out juiced up!

June 24, 2024


June 23, 2024

Birds in flight

Landscape is not my strong suit but trying.
June 22, 2024

Can't believe the idiots

you meet in at a bar. Went to an upscale winery tonight that a Democratic friend of mine owns.

The guy next to me started up a conversation telling me Trump is a great business man and I choked on my wine. Needless to say I turned my chair so I didn't have to look at this jackass.

The owner was having a conversation with us as he knows that I follow politics very closely. I'm very active in my county.

Another patron overheard him and I talking and he started with the same old shit. All politicians are alike and then finally it got down to the fact that he indeed was a Trumper and he ended up calling me stupid and all hundred pounds of me wanted to punch this jackass in the face, I told him don't call me stupid when the guy you voted for told all of America to drink bleach. I'm telling you ywould not believe the amount of idiots there are out there.

June 21, 2024


June 19, 2024

Dewine deflects questions about texts and indicted First Energy

BY: MORGAN TRAU - JUNE 18, 2024 5:00 AM

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine responds to questions about texts he sent a First Energy executive. (Photo by Morgan Trau, WEWS.)
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine deflected questions Monday about his relationship with former FirstEnergy executives after text messages revealed he asked for money ahead of his first gubernatorial campaign. He also seemed frustrated with our questions about him allegedly being informed about half a million dollars that the now-indicted CEO put into a dark money PAC for him.

For years, the governor downplayed any financial connection to FirstEnergy and its embattled executives. But a records request filed by a group of news organizations, including WEWS’ media partner the Ohio Capital Journal, paints a different picture. Cleveland.com was the first to report the text messages.

Texts between the governor and former FirstEnergy CEO Chuck Jones show a relationship between the pair during DeWine’s first run for governor.

“Chuck. Can you call me?” DeWine wrote on October 13, 2018 — less than a month before he faced off against Democrat Rich Cordray in the governor’s race. “OEA put in million yesterday for Cordray.”

“OK,” Jones responded. “I’ll call at 2:30.”

Jones and former FirstEnergy Senior Vice President Michael Dowling were hit with state bribery charges earlier this year. They pleaded not guilty during their joint arraignment in mid-February. They are accused of masterminding the corruption scheme.

FirstEnergy has already admitted to bribing public officials to help the company behind the scenes — in one way — by pushing and helping to create H.B. 6. Back in 2019, Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder took a $61 million bribe in exchange for legislation to give FirstEnergy a $1 billion bailout, named H.B. 6, all at the expense of utility ratepayers.

This landed Householder in federal prison for 20 years, and he is now facing state charges, as well.

But texts came out during the Householder trial and in the indictment that show FirstEnergy was communicating with DeWine — and about him and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.

New records showing DeWine’s text interaction don’t look good for the governor, said Case Western Reserve University law professor Mike Benza.

“What you have with DeWine and DeWine’s family is a connection with money coming out of FirstEnergy, going to their political — either proxies or affiliates — in furtherance of that, which again adds to the bad optics of what’s going on,” Benza said.

In text messages, Dowling says, “Chuck — go ahead and call Mike DeWine on the $500k. It’s going to RGA’s C(4) called state solutions. All set.”

Jones responds, “OK. I’ll call him around 5.”

DeWine was confronted by this story’s author, WEWS Statehouse reporter Morgan Trau, about these messages during an unrelated press conference Monday. He was not pleased with the interest from reporters.

“I don’t remember,” the governor said about a conversation between Jones and himself.

“We were very mindful of no coordination between any independent expenditure,” the governor continued. “And we followed the law.”

DeWine has been subpoenaed for documents in a civil case, but he has not been accused of any wrongdoing.

The governor continued to defend himself, using the “politics as usual” argument.

“I’m making a lot of calls to a lot of people asking for money,” DeWine said. “And if that call was made, I have no doubt it was made.”

This is a legitimate argument, Benza said, although it doesn’t look great to use.

“At least in the public documents — nothing shows that same type of quid pro quo going to Jon Husted or Governor DeWine,” the professor said. “It certainly has the appearance of it, but there’s no smoking gun in this type of a case yet… but I think they have to be worried.”

Trau exclusively obtained a speech given by Chuck Jones, seemingly at his house, during a DeWine/Husted fundraiser on August 14, 2018.

“(DeWine and Husted’s) vision, experience and strong leadership will be great for our state, our communities, our company and our shareholders,” Jones said.

When this was read out loud to DeWine, he seemed to nod or tilt his head from side to side. He was also read a portion about his second-in-command.

“Jon has always been very accessible and great to work with, and I can say without question, he is a good friend of FirstEnergy,” Jones continued in his speech.

The former CEO then went on to say that DeWine and Husted joining together for a campaign “saved us some money… Otherwise, we would’ve had to contribute to two rival campaigns with candidates we supported.”

The governor didn’t address this part of the question. The Lt. Gov.’s team pointed us back to Jones and other FirstEnergy executives.

“These are people talking about him; not with him. So, we can’t comment on their conversations, you would have to ask them,” Husted’s spokesperson Hayley Carducci responded when asked about it.

Not only are there the texts, but the DeWine administration has been wrapped up with another scandal-ridden individual: Sam Randazzo, the man DeWine selected to be the state’s top utility regulator.

Randazzo was charged the past December with dozens of crimes related to bribery and embezzlement. He allegedly received more than $4.3 million in bribes from FirstEnergy, according to Department of Justice officials and Attorney General Dave Yost — and FirstEnergy admitted it themselves in a deferred prosecution agreement.

Back in February, DeWine defended one of his top advisors after a criminal indictment alleged she knew about millions going to Randazzo from FirstEnergy, right before he was appointed to power by the governor. She helped vet the former chair of the Public Utilities Commission, the supposed watchdog of utilities after her family had already received a $10,000 loan from him. She is now a witness in the criminal trial against Jones and Dowling, DeWine spokesperson Dan Tierney confirmed.

Randazzo died by suicide in April after he was indicted in both state and federal court. He is the second man, out of eight, to take his own life due to being connected to the scandal. Neil Clark, a lobbyist accused of bribery, died by suicide after pleading not guilty in 2021.

Based on all of the above information, Trau asked DeWine why anyone should believe what he was saying.

“Why should ratepayers believe you — that you didn’t have anything to do with this?” she asked.

“Didn’t have anything to do with what?” the governor responded.

“The corruption scheme,” she said.

He was silent for a significant moment.

“I’m trying to count the years — 45 years in public office, 45 years of trying to do the best that I can do, 45 years without any kind of personal scandal,” the governor said. “That’s why.”

“There are text messages saying that there’s $500,000 that was going to a dark money PAC and that they were gonna call you about it,” WEWS Statehouse reporter Morgan Trau responded. “Do you understand how that concerns people?”

“I think I’ve answered the question,” DeWine said, adding that his reputation is important to him.

Questions were cut off shortly after.

Follow WEWS statehouse reporter Morgan Trau on Twitter and Facebook.

This article was originally published on News5Cleveland.com and is published in the Ohio Capital Journal under a content-sharing agreement. Unlike other OCJ articles, it is not available for free republication by other news outlets as it is owned by WEWS in Cleveland.
June 14, 2024

Blue bayou

June 11, 2024

My mother is rolling in her grave

She had a strong religious backround
But she was a staunch democrat!
She hated Both Bush's.

June 10, 2024

I painted our red headed woodpecker

That keeps landing on our feeder.

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