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Counter Points is written by WVXU Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson. In it, he shares insights on political news on the local, state and national level that impacts the 2020 election. Counter Points is delivered once a week on Wednesdays and will cease publication soon after the November election is decided.

Timken On Why Judicial Appointments Are ‘Motivating To Voters’

Jane Timken, Ohio Republican Party chair
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Jane Timken, Ohio Republican Party chair

Ohio Republicans are lauding President Donald Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. Supporters of the president say judicial appointments have become a factor that can mobilize voters.

Ohio Republican Party Chair Jane Timken says Barrett is another “superb” nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, noting Barrett’s academic achievements and time as a federal judge. 

Timken says judicial appointments have become a motivating factor because people realize judges make decisions that affect their everyday lives.  

“We all know the Supreme Court decisions in this country whether it’s based on decisions about our constitutional rights, or regulations that are so important to our businesses and our own daily lives,” says Timken. “That is very motivating to voters. And they want to see a reliable Supreme Court that is going to interpret the law and support the constitution that’s written, and not legislate from the bench.” 

Democrats have argued that the U.S. Senate must wait until after the election before appointing a replacement for the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.