I am so ashamed to live in Ohio right now. Between the so-called "Heartbeat Bill" and the new law they just passed allowing concealed carry in day cares, college campuses, etc. (right after the OSU incident, no less), Ohio is going down the toilet fast. It's hard to believe that it happened here, instead of one of the more politically backward southern states.
We owe much of this debacle to the absurd Ohio gerrymandering that actually got us national attention in recent years. In my particular situation, I have a state legislator who is ultra-conservative and beholden to the Tea Party and private interests. While I reside in a mostly Democratic city, the Republicans who dominate the county above us have gerrymandered a penis-like extension into our city that will encapsulate one of the most progressive areas of the city. Effectively disenfranchising us as a minority in that district. The conservative Republican legislators here have totally coopted the minority Democrats. The former are bought, sold, and delivered express to the highest bidder . . . which certainly isn't the voter.
But there's something else going on in Ohio and it deserves to be studied. Besides experiencing a growing rust-belt phenomenon, the rural areas are becoming increasingly conservative and the highest Trump vote was there. We shouldn't have lost Cleveland in this election, but that seemed to be about anti-Clinton sentiment. Yet, Sanders was very popular here. That leaves us to our own conclusions.
We can only hope that Gov. Kasich, who has become a surprising voice of reason compared with the other Republicans in this state, will have the decency to veto these bills. He is a Catholic who occasionally actually votes his conscience.