Sunday, March 22, 2009

NOW GOP Wants Redistricting Reform

After doing nothing during 16 years of complete control over Ohio's state government, Ohio GOP leaders now are all about the cause of redistricting reform. Why? Do you think maybe it might have a little something to do with the fact that Democratic control of the apportionment board that will redraw our state legislative districts after the 2010 census is a distinct possiblity?

GOP State Senators "Slick Jonny" Husted and Kevin Coughlin have introduced their own redistricting reform measures. Since Ohio's current apportionment board makeup is written into our state constitution, any proposal to reform or change the makeup of the apportionment board would require a vote at the ballot box in either November 2009 or 2010.

However, I just can't help but ask: where were these reform proposals in 1999, when the GOP was assured of controlling the apprtionmnet board? If redistricting reform was of such an importance to you, why didn't you support the Reform Ohio Now proposals back in 2005? 

I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning. Anyone who thinks these proposals are anything except ways to gear up for a run for Secretary of State, and a run against Jennifer Brunner's work in that office, is crazy.

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