- community – keeping counties, townships and cities within one district,
- competitiveness – keeping the lean towards one party in a district to 5% or less,
- representational fairness – keeping the ratio of districts leaning towards a party to that of recent election results, and
- compactness – no leggy, meandering shapes.
UPDATE 2012-08-06 11:30 PM: The Ohio Secretary of State validated enough signatures today, and the anti-gerrymandering issue will go on the November ballot.
Sources and Notes
said Professor Richard Gunther "Professor: New Ohio Congressional district lines are ‘grotesque’" By Andi Hendrickson; The Lantern; October 3, 2011
Ohio's new congressional district map "Ohio congressional district map 2012: find your district" By Rich Exner; The Plain Dealer; December 15, 2011
75% of the congressional seats "Op Ed: With a little thought, it’s obvious these things make no sense" by Joe Hallett; The Columbus Dispatch; 01/29/2012
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner of West Chester told Politico last week that he thought Republicans had gerrymandered enough congressional districts around the country to retain control of the House through 2020.
Certainly Boehner and fellow GOP map-makers did their part in Ohio. Of the 16 new districts they drew, 12 are so ironclad Republican that even Mo, Larry or Curly could win with an R behind his name. ...
rise of the gerrymander "Ohio GOP made 2002 congressional redistricting work to its advantage through 2010 election" By Rich Exner; The Plain Dealer; November 16, 2010
abusers of power "Let’s just say it: The Republicans are the problem." By Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein; April 27, 2012
... The filibuster, once relegated to a handful of major national issues in a given Congress, became a routine weapon of obstruction, applied even to widely supported bills or presidential nominations. And Republicans in the Senate have abused the confirmation process to block any and every nominee to posts such as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, solely to keep laws that were legitimately enacted from being implemented.
brink of default "United States of America Long-Term Rating Lowered To 'AA+' Due To Political Risks, Rising Debt Burden; Outlook Negative" - Standard and Poor's; 05-Aug-2011
The political brinksmanship of recent months highlights what we see as America's governance and policymaking becoming less stable, less effective, and less predictable than what we previously believed. The statutory debt ceiling and the threat of default have become political bargaining chips in the debate over fiscal policy. Despite this year's wide-ranging debate, in our view, the differences between political parties have proven to be extraordinarily difficult to bridge, and, as we see it, the resulting agreement fell well short of the comprehensive fiscal consolidation program that some proponents had envisaged until quite recently.
citizens' backlash "Redistricting plan will be on ballot for Ohio voters, group says" By Marc Kovac; Record Courier Capital Bureau; July 31, 2012
The issue Summary of the Proposed Amendment - Ohio Citizens Independent Redistricting Commission Amendment
one more map Draw the Line Ohio - Congressional Competition Winners
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