Fed judge intervenes, permits use of ‘Republican friendly’ congressional map in Ohio

In March, the Ohio Supreme Court struck down what’s called “Map 3,” which was a redrawn congressional district map that favored Republican candidates.

According to the Washington Examiner, Republicans received a huge gift from a federal panel this week as it ordered Map 3 to be used after all, after a deadline passed for officials to have a new map in place.

Judge Amul Thapar of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the court that intervened after the state blew past the deadline, issued a statement explaining the decision to use Map 3.

“We chose the best of our bad options. Given the factual record before us, two reasons justified our approach. First, no map had won the approval of both the Commission and the Ohio Supreme Court. And second, Map 3 gave the State the most time to fix its own problem. That broke the tie,” the judge wrote.

Legal battles

The battle over the congressional district maps was so intense in the Buckeye State between the Republican-led Ohio Redistricting Commission and the state’s high court that it caused the “primary date for state House and state Senate races to be postponed from May 3 to Aug. 2,” the Examiner noted.

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor expressed her displeasure with the situation in an opinion written last week.

“[T]he federal court did not ‘stay [its] hand until May 28,’ as it stated it would, and leave the state to fix the crisis created by the commission’s own actions,” the chief justice wrote.

She added: “Instead, the federal court provided the Republican commission members not only a road map of how to avoid discharging their duties but also a green light to further delay these proceedings by stating its intention to implement ‘Map 3.'”

Tough fight ahead

Democrats, thanks to the disaster unfolding in President Joe Biden’s White House, already faced an uphill battle to gain any ground in the 2022 midterms.

Now, with Republicans making unprecedented headway with regard to redistricting maps, plus the prediction that they would do exceedingly well anyway, thanks to the failures of the Dem Party, November is looking quite nice for GOP candidates across the country.

At this point, it’s amazing that there are even Dem candidates still left who want to run, as they’re all but guaranteed to lose.

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