Public corruption, cannabis for autism and GOP rift

Public corruption, cannabis for autism and GOP rift

Ohio’s 2024 race for the U.S. Senate officially got underway this week while Republicans in the Ohio House remained divided over how their election for speaker went down.

We break down what it all means In this week’s episode of Ohio Politics Explained. A podcast created by the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau to catch you up on the state’s political news in 15 minutes or less.

This week, host Anna Staver was joined by statehouse bureau chief Anthony Shoemaker.

1) Off to the races

The race to see whether a Republican can defeat Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in 2024 is already underway.

State Sen. Matt Dolan, R-Chagrin Falls, announced he’s running this week.

“The midterm election showed us nationally that if the Republicans are going to put up folks that are focused on yesterday, running these campaigns of grievances, we’re going to lose,” Dolan told the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau.

Dolan came in a close third in the crowded race for the Republican nomination in 2022 to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Rob Portman. And though he’s the first candidate to jump in for 2024, it’s doubtful he will be the last.

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