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.
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 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.