Senate President Matt Huffman

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose. Photo by WEWS.

Frank LaRose’s very bad day. Sec. of State dodged press, issued angry statement as Issue 1 failed

BY: - August 11, 2023

It’s unclear whether, going into Tuesday, Frank LaRose anticipated that the measure he was championing was going to fail — even though related issues have gotten trounced in state after state after state. But by Election Day, early voting had been torrid for weeks — especially in big cities where people were likely to vote […]

Ohio’s congressional redistricting case moves back to state supreme court

BY: - June 30, 2023

In an expected move, the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday sent back an Ohio congressional redistricting appeal for reconsideration by the state’s highest court. Following its decision in Moore v. Harper, in which a majority of the court rejected the concept of the independent state legislature theory, the court entered a short order regarding the […]

Analysis: Business tax cuts in Senate budget would overwhelmingly benefit the big boys

BY: - June 23, 2023

In announcing a draft state budget last week, Ohio Senate President Matt Huffman, R-Lima, said the plan “puts $3.1 billion back in the hands of families and small businesses.”  Huffman didn’t mention the state’s big businesses, but that’s who will get the lion’s share of the business cuts in a state where business taxes already […]

Ohio Supreme Court rejects legislative maps, sets fifth redistricting deadline

BY: - April 15, 2022

The Ohio Supreme Court turned away a fourth set of redistricting plans from the Ohio Redistricting Commission in a 4-3 decision on Thursday, but left the responsibility with the commission to redraw the maps yet again. In a separate announcement, the court also denied requests to hold commissioners in contempt of court for violating court […]

Map drawers tell high court why they shouldn’t be held in contempt

BY: - February 24, 2022

(This story has been updated.) Seven of Ohio’s top public officials on Wednesday explained to the Ohio Supreme Court why they shouldn’t be held in contempt for not meeting a deadline last Thursday to submit another set of proposed state legislative maps. Some said they tried to do what the court ordered. Others said the […]

Huffman defends his maps, redistricting process despite no bipartisan support

BY: - September 17, 2021

State Senate President Matt Huffman defended decisions he and Republican members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission made as they moved forward with a partisan, four-year redistricting plan for the state. Just after midnight on Thursday, maps filed under his name passed through the commission on a 5-2 party-line vote. The maps were only slightly different […]