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New Legislative District Maps Unveiled

The Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus on March 26, 2020.
Ryan Hitchcock

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, host Mike Thompson discusses the maps released by the Ohio Redistricting Commission. Jen Miller, executive director for the Ohio League of Women Voters, joins the show.

Back To The Drawing Board

We finally have new state House and state Senate legislative district maps, but it does not look like the Republican-drawn maps will change a whole lot.

The new rules dictate that the redistricting commission must try to draw a map that does not favor a political party with compact districts that correspond to the statewide breakdown of Democratic and Republican voters.

To no one’s surprise, the GOP maps favor the GOP. Early analysis of the maps shows that Republicans would hold on to their supermajorities in both chambers. They would hold on to roughly two-thirds of the seats in the chamber even though Republicans don’t hold the same advantage with actual voters.

Snollygoster Of The Week

This week, Columbus issued a mask mandate despite the fact that Ohio lawmakers passed a law that said the government cannot issue mask mandates. But the law states that local or state health director’s cannot issue the mandates. It doesn't say anything about the mayor issuing a mandate and that’s what Columbus’s Mayor Andrew Ginther did on Wednesday.

Send questions and comments 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.