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Ohio's Congressional Map Battle

The chamber of the House of Representatives is seen before convening for the first day of the 116th Congress with Democrats holding the majority, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019.
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The chamber of the House of Representatives is seen before convening for the first day of the 116th Congress with Democrats holding the majority, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, Steve Brown and guest host Ann Fisher discuss the lawsuit to redraw the state's congressional map before the 2020 election. Reporter Nick Evans joins the show.

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In this week's episode:
Gerrymandering 

Ohio voters approved a measure to redraw the state's congressional district map in 2021, after the next census, but the Ohio ACLU and the Ohio League of Women Voters are suing to start the process before the 2020 presidential election.

According to voting rights groups, the current district borders favor Republican and are unconstitutional. Republicans have a slight majority in overall voter registrations in Ohio, but they control three-quarters of the congressional districts.

Snollygoster Of The Week

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson successfully convinced voters that a wage-tax hike was needed for city services. Meanwhile, he was also was secretly courting Amazon's second headquarters by offering a 50 percent wage tax credit over 15 years.

To send us comments or to nominate your candidate for Snollygoster of the Week, email us at snollygoster@wosu.org.

Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.
Ann Fisher joined WOSU in 2009 after nearly 30 years in the newspaper business. A native of Michigan, Ann earned a B.S. in journalism at Michigan State University.
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