Public documents obtained by Ohio voter advocates show a key representative of U.S. House Speaker John Boehner was central in drawing the state's disputed congressional map.
Records released today by the Ohio Campaign for Accountable Redistricting show Tom Whatman, executive director of Team Boehner, participated in the process with legislative leaders, mapmaking consultants and the National Republican Congressional Committee. The correspondence includes a pledge by GOP Senate President Tom Niehaus to deliver "a map that Speaker Boehner fully supports."
Candidates who want to run for one of Ohio’s 16 Congressional seats have to file petitions today, even though the primary they’d run in isn’t set till June. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports that’s because there’s still talk about merging that primary with the ones set for March into some other springtime date.
Right now, there are two primaries scheduled in Ohio next year. A group of Democratic elections workers is pleading for state lawmakers to merge next year’s two primaries back into a single event. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports the situation is still fluid, with a key filing deadline just hours away.
Emily McCord speaks to Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles, who has been covering the latest over the congressional redistricting map. Democrats have started a referendum drive on this GOP passed map. Republicans are negotiating with Democrats to pass another map through an emergency clause, but so far, those talks haven't been successful. Ingles reports on the latest proposal.
In this week's PoliticsOhio, Emily McCord speaks to Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler. She interviewed the Ohio Democratic Party leader, Chris Redfern, and the Republican leader, Kevin DeWine. They discussed their views on Issue 2, the ballot referendum on collective bargaining in the state. DeWine and Redfern touch on the Republican proposed congressional district map and the Democrats effort to repeal it on next year's ballot. Kasler also reports on the campaign finance report released this week regarding spending on Issue 2 and what the numbers mean.