June 13, 2024

New text messages show that Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, left, and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, second from right, lobbied hard for the bailout of two nuclear power plants.

Text messages confirmed how hard the DeWine administration lobbied for two nuclear bailouts at the center of Ohio’s largest public corruption scandal. New numbers show a rise in mental health issues for children, and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan tries a run down the middle.

We break down what it all means on this week’s episode of Ohio Politics Explained.

It’s a podcast from the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau where we catch you up on the state’s political news in 15 minutes or less. This week, host Anna Staver was joined by reporter Laura Bischoff.

1) Support for First Energy

New text messages released this week confirmed Gov. Mike DeWine is “State Official 1” in the FirstEnergy’s deferred prosecution agreement and “State Official 2” is Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.

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