I decided to start the Ohio thread. Here we should discuss Ohio politics, industry, commerce, events, and holding leaders to their word.
Ohio is no longer a swing state in the classic sense; the state is solidly red with supermajorites in house and senate while electing President Trump by wide margins in 2016 and 2020. However, this state has major issues. For example, the state GOP and it’s old-money industrial financiers (Rockefeller money out of Cleveland etc.) is stuck in its ways, preferring “moderate” RINO candidates such as Gov. Mike DeWine, John Kasich, Sen. Rob Portman, and now Jane Timken for Portmans Senate seat. This does not reflect the state’s citizens populist appetite in the Trumpian sense. Additionally, Columbus and GOP insiders are still reeling from the largest corruption scandal in Ohio history involving First Energy and former Speaker of the house Larry Householder and former GOP chair (and Kasich fanboy) Matt Borges. This cannot happen and we need a massive insurgency to drain the GOP ran swamp in Columbus.
Ohio has a little bit of everything, and is a sample of the country as a whole - with 3 large metro areas with world class companies and universities, rural farming communities, and forgotten manufacturing and mining towns destroyed by opioids and globalization. This state is great no doubt, but we need to get it right!