In this two part episode, Former Chair of the Ohio Democratic Party David Pepper joins Ron Steslow to discuss his book, Laboratories of Autocracy, and how state legislatures have contributed to the erosion of democracy—and why Ohio is emblematic of what’s happening around the country.
(01:34) Why Ohio is emblematic of what’s going on throughout the country
(05:57) How state legislatures fly under the radar
(08:31) The unintended consequences of term limits
(14:53) How gerrymandering shaped Ohio elections since 2011
(21:08) The dual problem of proportionality and competitiveness in gerrymandering