Ohio residents renewed their calls for police reforms following another deadly shooting. A 10-year-old boy from Ohio made national news and Republicans debated the removal of the chief justice of the state Supreme Court.
Let’s break down what it all means in this week’s episode of Ohio Politics Explained.
It is a podcast from the USA TODAY Ohio Bureau network where we update you on state political news in 15 minutes or less. This week, presenter Anna Staver joined journalist Haley BeMiller.
1) Jayland Walker
The death of Jayland Walker at the hands of Akron police officers has sparked new calls for police reform in Ohio.
Walker, 25, had more than 60 injuries to his body, according to local forensics, after eight officers opened fire after a high-speed chase.
Republican Gov. Mike DeWine called the shooting a tragedy and called on state lawmakers to finally move forward on a set of reforms he introduced after the assassination of George Floyd in 2020.
2) The Ohio boy makes national news
An unnamed 10-year-old girl made national news after the Indianapolis Star reported that she crossed state borders to have an abortion.
The girl was reportedly six weeks and three days pregnant, which advanced her too far for a legal abortion in Ohio since the cancellation of Roe vs. Wade.
DeWine also called the situation a tragedy, but declined to discuss how the law he signed in 2019 to ban almost all abortions after six weeks affected that particular family.
3) Dismiss O’Connor
A group of Republican lawmakers sent text messages earlier this year about the possibility of ousting Ohio Justice President Maureen O’Connor.
The Republican leader of the state Supreme Court has sided with the three Democratic judges and rejected multiple sets of new district maps of the State House and Senate as unconstitutional. A move that has upset some people in his party.
4) August primary
Ohio has a second primary for its state districts in the House and Senate scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 2.
This unusual move to split Ohio’s primaries into two separate dates is the product of the state’s current problems with district redistribution. And it has left candidates without districts, costing the state at least $ 20 million and sowing a lot of public confusion.
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