This Week in the CLE

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is going after the corrupt House Bill 6, while the Ohio House and Senate are doing nothing.



a close up of a sign: This Week in the CLE is hosting daily podcasts to discuss the latest news in the coronavirus crisis in Ohio.


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This Week in the CLE is hosting daily podcasts to discuss the latest news in the coronavirus crisis in Ohio.

We’re talking about Yost’s lawsuit against nuclear power plants, as well as a new presidential poll and Cuyahoga County Board of Elections screw-up, on This Week in the CLE.

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Editor Chris Quinn hosts our daily half-hour podcast, with editors Jane Kahoun, Kris Wernowsky and me, answering all sorts of questions from the news.

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Here are the questions we’re answering today:

How is Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost standing up for Ohio residents in the FirstEnergy bribery scandal when the Ohio Legislature will not? Yost on Wednesday filed a civil lawsuit seeking to block the owners of two nuclear power plants from receiving any of the $1.3 billion in public bailout funds approved under House Bill 6.

What does the latest Baldwin Wallace University poll fresh out today say about the presidential race in Ohio, and what are some other highlights? Ohio’s presidential race is tight, Gov. Mike DeWine maintains wide support on his coronavirus response, and reaction to racial justice protests is divided sharply along partisan lines.

What mistake did the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections make this week that could cause peril for Election Day? The board mistakenly emailed hundreds of number of potential poll workers, erroneously stating that no open positions were available. Board Director Anthony Perlatti said he didn’t know how the wrong message was sent out, but that the county still has about 1,000 openings it needs to fill for the November election.

Does Cleveland have a special understanding of what the people of Louisville are feeling this morning, and how are Ohio cities reacting to the news in Louisville? About 100 activists gathered Wednesday at the Free Stamp downtown protesting the decision not to indict any police officers directly in connection with Taylor’s death.

Will Cuyahoga County ever get the chance to enforce its plastic shipping bag ban? Not in the next year. The Ohio House on Wednesday passed a bill blocking Cuyahoga County and other local governments from banning plastic bags and other single-user containers for at least 12 months.

Is the National Guard returning to Cleveland to help keep order during the presidential debate on Tuesday? The Ohio Guard will be here, though Cleveland Public Safety Director Karrie Howard did not say exactly what role they’ll play.

Is it legal again for restaurants to have salad bars, and if it is, will anyone ever want to get food from one again? Ohio loosened several coronavirus restrictions on bars, restaurants and catering facilities on Wednesday, with the state health department allowing self-service food stations, entertainment and other amenities.

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