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Supreme Court May Decide Ohio's Gerrymandering Fight

David Niven, a professor of political science at the University of Cincinnati holds a map demonstrating a gerrymandered Ohio district, Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Cincinnati.
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David Niven, a professor of political science at the University of Cincinnati holds a map demonstrating a gerrymandered Ohio district, Thursday, April 11, 2019, in Cincinnati.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss gerrymandering and the court order to reconfigure Ohio's congressional districts.  Mark Joseph Stern, who covers the courts and law for Slate, joins the show.

Listen to Snollygoster on the WOSU Public Media mobile app, on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. And make sure to leave a rating and review!

On this week's episode:
Map Maker, Map Maker, Make Me A Map

The Ohio General Assembly has been ordered to draw up a new map of Congressional districts by June 14, now that a panel of federal judges ruled the current map is unconstitutionally gerrymandered.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost filed an emergency stay request to delay the drawing of a new map, but that request was denied. But he plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is currently considering challenges to two other congressional maps.

Snollygoster Of The Week

The plan to change Ohio’s energy policy would revoke the state's green energy standards and bail out unprofitable nuclear power plants. A major utility company, FirstEnergy, has been strongly lobbying for the plan, contibuting millions to politicians through its PAC.  

Do you have a suggestion for Snollygoster? Send emails to snollygoster@wosu.org.

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.
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.
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