While Ohio republicans need ‘guidance’ on how to redraw a fair and balanced congressional district map, they have hired a Raleigh, NC law firm to represent the Ohio House and Senate at a rate of $375.00 per hour – paid so far $1.13 million of Ohio taxpayers dollars working against us for fair districts – to keep gerrymandered map. Ohio GOP Attorney General Dave Yost has filed a stay with the SCOTUS. The issue is now before Justice Sonia Sotomayor who should have a decision within next two weeks. Links to important articles about this suit are provided.
The Supreme Court on Friday set aside two lower court rulings tossing out congressional maps in Michigan and Ohio, putting the process of redrawing district lines on hold while it prepares to rule on whether or not partisan gerrymandering is constitutional.
Republican lawmakers and the state solicitor say a federal court hasn’t given much guidance on how to draw a new, constitutional congressional map. Considering GOP has gerrymandered state and congressional districts for so long, not a surprise they would need ‘guidance on how to draw a new, constitutional congressional map.’ In the meantime, a law firm from Raleigh, N.C., has been paid $1.13 million to represent the House and Senate in the case at a rate of $375 per hour. Ohio taxpayers dollars working against us for fair districts. Really.
The advocates who filed a lawsuit that overturned Ohio’s congressional districts have a week to respond to the state of Ohio’s request that the U.S. Supreme Court put on hold a court order to remap the districts by June 14.