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Examining the impact of term limits on Ohio politics

The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus on March 26, 2020.
Ryan Hitchcock

Ohio House Speaker Jason Stephens floated the idea of eliminating term limits for the state's lawmakers last week. Host Mike Thompson takes a closer look at term limits with Democratic strategist and lobbyist Derrick Clay.

They discuss the impact of term limits on the state legislature, the challenges faced by new lawmakers and the potential for compromise on extending term limits.

Expanding or eliminating term limits was the second part of former
Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder's nuclear bailout scheme. WOSU's The Power Grab podcast covers that in its sixth and final episode.

Householder's plans were derailed after he was indicted, tossed out of the legislature, put on trial, convicted of bribery and sent to prison for 20 years.

The conversation with Clay also touches on the influence of gerrymandering and how it compares to term limits in shaping Ohio politics.

Snollygoster of the Week

This week's award goes to U.S. Senate candidate Bernie Moreno, who this week secured the coveted endorsement of former President Donald Trump. Now if you’ve been watching Moreno's ads for the past two months, you’d think this is old news.

The ads made it look like Trump had already endorsed the Cleveland businessman. But the cut was shrewdly taken out of context. Now, Moreno can run the ad over and over again and it will be completely accurate.

It’s a little surprising that Trump made his pick so early.

State Senator Matt Dolan was not going to get it. However, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose was angling for it. We’ll see if Trump’s endorsement leads to a Moreno victory like it did for J.D. Vance last year.

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.
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