State Issue 2: For and against redistricting re-do

11:22 PM, Sep 29, 2012   |    comments
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COLUMBUS -- Politicians of both parties and good government groups agree that Ohio's present system of redrawing Congressional and legislative districts is too political and needs to be changed.

The new Republican-drawn map of 16 districts splits communities, gives Cleveland a Congress member from Toledo, and, in many places, looks like the handiwork of an Etch-A-Sketch run amuck.

There are 12 districts that are Republican-friendly and four lean Democratic. That's in a swing state with relative partisan balance.

The League of Women Voters is the face of Issue 2. The bankroll belongs to labor unions.

The proposal was crafted and drafted largely by an Ohio State University professor.

It would involve a panel of Appellate Judges selecting 42 citizen candidates for the panel.

Political parties could eliminate some and the final 12 would be picked by lot.

No lobbyists, big-donor federal or state officeholder,s or family members could be on the panel.

Critics say the panel lacks accountability to voters and would have too much power to set its own pay and write its own rules.

Lawyers' and judges' groups oppose the issue, claiming it injects judges into politics and violates the normal separation of between branches of government.

They argue the cure could be worse than the condition it's trying to correct.

We have both sides of this debate in attached interviews with Democratic Cleveland lawyer Subodh Chandra making the case for Issue 2, a yes vote, and Republican Akron State Senator Frank LaRose arguing against it.

Chandra is speaking for the group Voters First. LaRose speaks for the group Protect Your Vote.

Tom Beres conducted these interviews on Sept. 27 at WKYC Channel 3.


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