Democratic texts, redistricting, conceal carry

From left, Dayton mayor Nan Whaley; Cincinnati mayor John Cranley; Akron mayor Daniel Horrigan; and Columbus mayor Andrew Ginther participate in a panel discussion at the CEOs for Cities National Meeting 2016 on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Express Live in downtown Columbus.

Ohio’s hopes of a complete May 3 primary were dashed this week, conceal carry gun permits became optional and we learned how six of the state’s mayors really feel about a range of issues.

We break down what it all means on this week’s episode of Ohio Politics Explained.

It’s a podcast from the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau where we catch you up on the state’s political news in 15 minutes or less. This week, host Anna Staver was joined by reporter Laura Bischoff. 

1) When the group chat goes public

Six Democratic mayors found their text messages on display this week following a records request from the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau. 

The group chat was between the mayors of Akron, Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Toledo and Youngstown. And they talked about everything from political corruption scandals and the murder of George Floyd to COVID-19 legislation, gun control and Gov. Mike DeWine.






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