The Ohio Supreme Court rejected another Congressional map. Democrats say the attorney general should resign, and Congress moves forward with protections for gay marriage.
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 Jessie Balmert.
1) Portman moves to protect gay marriage
Four Ohio Republican representatives voted with House Democrats to pass legislation Tuesday that would enshrine federal protections for same-sex and interracial marriage.
The bill has a more uncertain future in the U.S. Senate, but Ohio’s Republican Sen. Rob Portman plans to co-sponsor it.
If passed, all marriages deemed valid by a state would be federally recognized.
2) Resignation rejected
Ohio Democrats called on Attorney General Dave Yost to resign over comments he made that cast doubt on the existence of the 10-year-old girl who traveled to Indiana for an abortion.
Yost then said the girl didn’t need to leave Ohio for an abortion, but doctors and lawmakers disagreed with his assessment.
“The Ohio Democratic Party has such little faith in its candidate for attorney general that it is resorting to throwing hail Marys, which will be swatted down by Ohio voters,” Yost campaign spokeswoman Amy Natoce said.
3) Two years after Householder’s arrest
Former Ohio Speaker Larry Householder is still a free man two years after he was arrested on federal bribery and racketeering charges.
The FBI alleges that the Perry County Republican accepted and spent millions of dollars in bribes from FirstEnergy in exchange for favorable legislation. Two other men pleaded guilty and another co-defendant died by suicide.
Householder pleaded not guilty along with Matt Borges, the former Ohio Republican Party chairman.
4) Another redistricting redo
Ohio’s Supreme Court rejected the third Congressional map this week, calling it unconstitutional.
The map will be used for the November election thanks to a federal court ruling, so the court ordered Ohio’s lawmakers to draw a new one for 2024 within 30 days. If they don’t, the Ohio Redistricting Commission will then get 30 days to draw one.
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