Ohio Appeals Congressional Gerrymandering Decision To U.S. Supreme Court


AS IT STANDS, OHIO LAWMAKERS HAVE FIVE WEEKS TO DRAW NEW CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT MAPS. THE STATE IS APPEALING A FEDERAL COURT DECISION THAT ORDERED THE NEW MAP AFTER FINDING CURRENT CRICKETS ARE EXTREMELY GERRYMANDERED. THE COURT THIS WEEK DENIED A REQUEST TO DELAY THAT ORDER TO DRAW THE MAP UNTIL AT LEAST THE HIGH COURT DECIDES OTHER GERRYMANDERING CASES. IS THERE ANY MOVEMENT AT ALL EVEN QUIETLY AT THE STATE HOUSE TO START DRAWING A MAP JUST IN CASE THE COURT DECISIONS DON’T GO THEIR WAY?>>SHORT ANSWER, NO. DEMOCRATS DID SAY THIS WEEK THAT THEY WANT TO GET GOING. THEY WANT TO GET STARTED. OF COURSE, THE REPUBLICANS ARE THE ONES THAT ARE DEFENDING THE MAPS IN COURT. HOUSE SPEAKER LARRY HOUSEHOLDER SAID HE WOKE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT THINKING ABOUT SQUIGLILY LICENSE. THEY HAVE A LOT OF STUFF ON THEIR PLACE RIGHT NOW. THEY HAVE THE STATE BUDGET GOING ON AND THE HOUSE JUST PASSED THAT AND IT’S MOVING OVER TO THE SENATE. THEY’VE GOT AN ENERGY SUBSIDY BILL THAT’S VERY HIGHLY CONTENTIOUS. THEY HAVE A LOT GOING ON. ALTHOUGH THEY’LL SAY THEY DON’T REALLY NEED THAT MUCH TIME. WE’VE GOT COMPUTERS AND SOFTWARE THAT CAN EASILY DRAW A MAP THAT MEETS CONSTITUTIONAL MUSTER IN A MATTER OF DAYS OR WEEKS.>>A FRIEND OF MINE SUGGESTED JUST TYPE OHIO CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS INTO GOOGLE. DOES THE STATE HOUSE FEEL THE COURTS WILL STEP IN? WHAT’S THE FEELING DOWN THERE ON THE CHANCES OF APPEAL?>>I THINK THE DEMOCRATS ARE REALLY HOPEFUL BUT I THINK THE REPUBLICANS ARE ALSO FEELING PRETTY GOOD THEY CAN EITHER RUN OUT THE CLOCK ON IT OR THEY’RE GOING TO WIN THE NEXT LEVEL UP. BUT TICK TOK. JUNE 14th IS COMING QUICK. JACKIE’S RIGHT THERE. THEY DO HAVE KIND OF A FULL PLATE RIGHT NOW. THAT SOFTWARE IS REALLY POWERFUL. THEY CAN JUST GET STARTED IF THEY ARE SO INCLINED.>>IT’S GOING TO BE CHAOS. STARTING IN PENNSYLVANIA THAT WAS A STATE SUPREME COURT DECISION IN 2019.>>I PREDICT THE SUPREME COURT WILL GRANT OUR STAY AND RULE BY JUNE 30th. THE DISTRICT COURT OR EVEN THE STATE COURT IN PENNSYLVANIA CANNOT FORCE THE LEGISLATOR ON HOW TO DRAW THE LINES. WHY JUNE 14th? WHAT’S TO SPECIAL ABOUT THAT DATE. THIS THREE-JUDGE PANEL IS TRYING TO GET IN BEFORE THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT RULES BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY’RE GOING TO BE OVERRULED. THEIR RULING IS NOT GOING TO BE UPHELD. OUR LINES ARE GOING TO STAY. THE VOTERS VOTED BY A 3-1 MAJORITY TO REDO THIS. WE ARE CONSTITUTIONAL. WE ARE NOT REDRAWING LINES AND THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT IS GOING TO UPHOLD THIS, I GUARANTEE IT.>>TWO DEMOCRAT APPOINTEES AND ONE REPUBLICAN APPOINTEE.>>MICHIGAN HAD A SYSTEM RULING. ARE DEMOCRATS HOPEFUL THEY CAN GET THE MAPS REDRAWN IN 2020?>>ABSOLUTELY. THE VOTERS ARE THE ONES THAT LOSE IN THIS BECAUSE THESE LINES THAT HAVE BEEN DRAWN DISENFRANCHISE VOTERS, BOTTOM LINE.>>I WOULD DISAGREE. I TAKE OFFENSE TO THAT RESPECTFULLY DERRICK BECAUSE THESE LINES WERE CREATED BY A SUPER MAJORITY BIPARTISAN GROUP OF LEGISLATORS EIGHT YEARS AGO, VOTERS HAVE VOTED ON IT THE PAST THREE OR FOUR ELECTIONS. MARCY KAPTUR CAME IN. HER GROUP ASKED FOR THE SNAKE BY THE LAKE. SHE LOVES HER DISTRICT. IT’S NOT DISENFRANCHISING ANYONE. THIS WAS VOTED ON BY DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS.>>YOU’RE TELLING ME YOUR PARTY HAS NOT GERRYMANDERED THESE LINES?>>NO, THEY HAVEN’T. THEY CREATED ONE FOR JOYCE BAITTY, JUST
FOR HER.>>THAT’S GERRYMANDERING.>>WHEN THEY DIVIDED FRANKLIN COUNTY THEY SAID IT’S NOT FAIR. WHEN THEY CREATED ONE JUST FOR FRANKLIN COUNTY THEY SAID –>>THE REASON IT WAS CREATED WAS TO PROTECT CONGRESSMAN TEABERRY. THAT’S THE WHY THAT DISTRICT WAS CREATED.>>PACKING AND CRACKING.>>THE PEOPLE WHO ARE HAPPIEST WITH THESE ARE THE INCUMBENT LAWMAKERS, PLAIN AND SIMPLE. THAT’S WHY JOYCE BAITTY AND MARCY MAY HAVE SUPPORTED THAT PARTICULAR DISTRICT OR JIM JORDAN LOVES HIS DISTRICT OR STIVERS LIKES HIS. IT SATISFIES THE INCUMBENTS. ARE THE POLITICIANS PICKING THEIR CONSTITUENTS OR ARE THE CONSTITUENTS PICKING THE POLITICIANS?>>THAT LITTLE FACT KEEPS GETTING MISSED THAT WE LOST A REPUBLICAN AND THE DEMOCRATS GAINED –>>THE BOTTOM LINE IS THERE ARE 16 SEATS, 12 REPUBLICANS AND FOUR DEMOCRATS EVEN THOUGH THE STATE IS 50-50.>>IT’S 55-65. WHEN YOU GO TO THE GOP –>>THE LARGER POINT IS THE 12-4 SPLINT HASN’T CHANGED. THESE MAPS HAVE BEEN IN PLACE SINCE THE 2012 ELECTION. THEY HAVEN’T CHANGED. YOU’VE HAD ALMOST ALL THE SAME INCUMBENTS STAY IN THEIR SEATS THAT TIME. SO THAT’S KIND OF WHERE THE ARGUMENT — ALSO PLAINTIFFS IN THIS CASE ARE VOTERS WHO LIVE IN EACH OF THOSE DISTRICTS WHO SAY, I GO TO THE POLLS AND VOTE BUT MY VOTE DOESN’T REALLY MATTER BECAUSE MY REPRESENTATIVES HAVE BEEN CHOSEN FOR ME.>>PRE-2012 THERE WAS EVEN REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE. AFTER THE 2012 MAPS WERE DRAWN, IT’S BEEN 12-4 AND IT’S BEEN LIKE THAT BY A 12-4 MARGIN EVER SINCE.

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