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.
2.08.19 – One of the last ‘acts’ that Mike DeWine did as Ohio Attorney General was to file a motion to dismiss the gerrymandering lawsuit that is in front of a three-judge panel in federal court in Cincinnati. DeWine continued his penchant for wasting Ohioans tax dollars. Fortunately, late today the same three-judge panel dismissed DeWine’s request. Thus, the lawsuit will continue as scheduled on March 4 moving forward to fairer congressional districts.
As a reminder: The ODCCA Winter Meeting and Joint ODCCA/ODP Board of Elections Reception will be held on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Additional information is available at this time.