Capitol riot, school voucher lawsuit and COVID


It’s been a year since rioters stormed the United States Capitol, 100 public school districts sued the state, and Democrats running for Ohio’s next governor have announced their running mates.

We break down those stories and more in this week’s episode of Ohio Politics Explained.

This is a podcast from the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau where we bring you up to date on state political news in 15 minutes or less. This week host Anna Staver was joined by political reporter Haley BeMiller.

1) One year since the January 6 attack

Rioters attacked the United States Capitol a year ago. Five people were killed, including a member of the Capitol Police. Thirty-eight Ohioans have been criminally charged and six have pleaded guilty.

But the fallout for Republican lawmakers in Ohio (current and aspiring) has been more mixed.

2) A lesson in law

A coalition of 100 Ohio public schools sued the state this week, declaring the voucher system known as EdChoice unconstitutional.

The lawsuit claims that the private school tuition scholarships create multiple education systems instead of a “common school system” as required by the Ohio Constitution.

School choice advocates quickly called the schools “heartless” and asked what would happen to the 50,000 children in Ohio who depend on scholarships.

3) Running companions

The two Democrats who hope to be Ohio’s next governor announced their choice for the lieutenant governor this week.

Former Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley has chosen Cuyahoga County Council Vice President Cheryl Stephens.

And former Cincinnati mayor John Cranley chose State Senator Teresa Fedor of Toledo.

4) COVID-19 cases continue to rise

Ohio continues to set records for positive cases and hospitalizations. Governor Mike DeWine has deployed more than 2,300 members of the Ohio National Guard to state hospitals. And even fully vaccinated politicians like US Senator Rob Portman have tested positive.

Listen to “Ohio Politics Explained” on Spotify, Google Podcasts, and TuneIn Radio. The episode is also available by clicking on the link at the top of the article.

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