Ohio voters have decisively rejected a Republican-backed proposal that aimed to increase the threshold for changing the state’s constitution, making it more difficult to pass future amendments. The defeated Issue 1 would have required a 60% supermajority instead of a simple majority. This outcome maintains the current requirement for passing constitutional amendments. The measure’s supporters argued that the higher threshold would prevent outside interest groups from influencing the state’s foundational document.
The voter opposition to Issue 1 was widespread, extending beyond traditional Republican strongholds. The defeat is seen as a setback for Republicans in Ohio who have sought stricter restrictions on abortion. The referendum took place against the backdrop of a broader debate on abortion rights in the state. While not directly related to abortion, the result is expected to influence the upcoming vote on enshrining abortion rights in Ohio.
President Joe Biden praised the outcome, stating that the measure was an attempt to weaken voters’ voices and women’s healthcare choices. The defeat of Issue 1 marks a victory for abortion rights advocates and a significant rebuke to Ohio Republicans who have held power in the state for over a decade.
Donovan was born and raised in the deep south of South Central Georgia, roughly two hours from the Georgia-Florida line. His father was a guitar player, farmer, and eventually blue color worker for GM. His mother suffered from Scleroderma starting a few years after he was born, so she became a home maker. Growing up as an only child, Donovan’s interest included music (though he really never learned to play anything) and anything dealing with technology, but specifically computers.
He has spent his entire life involved with computer technology either as a hobby or as a career. In his middle to late teens, he ran a BBS (electronic bulletin board system – the precursor to the modern day Internet). He learned about networking computer systems, building computers, and communication technologies as part of his career.
Later in life, he fulfilled his dream of running his own ISP (Internet Service Provider) when he was hired first as the Network Manager and eventually the General Manager of the Telecommunications Department for the City of Tifton, known as CityNet.
Today he runs his own IT business and has been podcasting in some form or fashion since 2011.