Re-Districted into Running

Elbridge Gerry would be terribly proud. Proud of the GOP-controlled Ohio Legislature. The gerrymandering by this clutch of righteous politicos exemplifies the state of affairs that presents itself to The People of our nation. The GOP-dominated re-redistricting committee sliced and diced the map of Ohio into oddly-shaped distortions so that their party would be assured of maintaining control of the politics of the state. The ‘spirit’ of re-redistricting was foiled at every twist and turn of the pencil with which  they drew.

The 9th Congressional district came out looking like a giant dog bone, stretching thinly from Toledo all of the way to Cleveland. It put long-serving Democrats, Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich in the same district. Clever. Crafty. Neither Marcy nor Dennis can drive to one another’s home without traveling through District 5 or taking a ferry along Lake Erie.

In doing so, however, a large portion of Lucas County, formerly in Kaptur’s district, was placed in district 5- that of right-winger Bob Latta. Latta believes it is an honor to be rated the 7th most conservative House member. His dad held that seat for years and son Bob exploited his father’s name and won the seat in a special election after the sudden death of Congressman Gilmore in 2007. Latta’s top campaign doners reads like the Fortune 500 with gas, oil coal, banking, electrical and finance groups giving heavily to his war chest. Latta’s latest bill, now in committee, no doubt written by oil lobbyists, blows holes in the EPA and opens up pristine lands in the Arctic tundra for drilling. It is an ecological nightmare. H.R. 1777

Enter Angela Zimmann. The BGSU professor and Lutheran minister was angered that her house was now in Bob Latta’s 5th district after the GOP re-draw.  Me too! As a result, Zimmann decided to run for Congress to replace the doleful Latta. She is bright, articulate and compassionate- three qualities lacking in Latta.

District 5 extends 130 miles from the Michigan border half-way down the state. Latta has enjoyed the support from the more conservative areas away from Toledo, but now he must contend with a large hunk of more bright people up north. Watvch this race closely, friends. It may be one of the hottest congressional races of the year.

Zimmann for Congress

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17 thoughts on “Re-Districted into Running

  1. Hello All,
    As I am sure we all know, it is called a “Freudian Slip” and YES they are VERY revealing. Romney could give a Rat’s Ass about the Middle Class. As far as Romney is concerned, the Middle Class is nothing more than “Sheep to Fleece.”

    But this being said, there will be plenty of the same Middle Class citizens voting for him this November….. because they are Conservative Republicans / Tea Party Patriots. As I type this maybe Romney is right in his thinking….. they are just “Sheep to Fleece.”

  2. It wasn’t that he mis spoke, as I read the statement in context, it was what he meant to say, but what a stupid thing to mean to say.

  3. I was looking at your map and something popped out at me. I noticed that many Ohio counties are cut into two or more districts. The purpose of redistricting was to spread 16 districts evenly over the state base on population. Land-wise, I would say the great majority of Ohio is unincorporated areas.

    Does the census break down population by each county designated land parcel within each county? How do you know where to draw a district line if it’s within an unincorporated area within the county? I know in the county where I live, most of the population resides on the eastern edge. And most of the population is in unincorporated areas. I say unincorporated areas as opposed to incorporated areas (cities, towns, villages) because I assume the incorporated areas are counted as a whole.

    I know Ohio well enough to notice that some (OK, many) areas inhabited by very different types of residents are lumped together. Did all six of the large metropolitan areas get chewed up? I know western Lucas County residents feel lost being thrown into the Fifth District, but I was really afraid I would be thrown into the Ninth District. In my case, I think my township, not in Lucas County, has much more in common with Sylvania, Springfield and Monclova Townships than the city of Toledo.

    1. Did all six of the large metropolitan areas get chewed up?

      Not at all. Look at District 3. It is entirely Columbus.

      The League of Women Voters attempted to have input in the re-redistricting process, but they and other non-partisan groups were shut out of the process. Read the report on the GOP gerrymandering written by Jim Slagle, Manager Ohio Campaign for Accountable Redistricting A project of the League of Women Voters of Ohio and Ohio Citizen Action:

      http://www.lwvohio.igpr.com/assets/attachments/file/Transparency%20Report-%20Ohio%281%29.pdf

    1. Well, yes they are but the dumbed-down, Low Information Voters of Ohio allowed them to take control of my state. Many of these voters only show up at the polls during presidential years; they stay home in the off-year elections, to the delight and the plans of the GOP.

      There it is. And, sadly, they’ll stay home in 2014 too.

  4. can I go on about my comment that Romney’s comment wasn’t a gaffe?
    It might have been a miscalculation on his part, but when Romney gaffes…he gaffes and he doesn’t acknowledge it. In this case he repeated it as if it was a new coded talking point. For the record,it wan’t the first time he made a statement like this in November while stumping in Iowa,”In our country, the people who need the help most are not the poor, who have a safety net, not the rich, who are doing just fine, but the middle class.”
    To further explain the non gaffe, coded talking point of Romney which I am trying to shed light on here, he said:
    “By the way, I’m in this race ’cause I care about Americans. I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich. They’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of the America, the 90, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling. I’ll continue to take that message across the nation.”

    This is dog whisling “lite”. Note that the very poor (and, yes, the very rich) are not, according to Romney, Americans. Romney is codedly implying that a certain Kenyan Muslim socialist Negro with ties to Goldman Sachs and George Soros is, in fact, excessively concerned with the needs of the people at the very top and the very bottom. Maybe it’s not racial dog-whistling precisely, but it’s Beck-like — at the deepest level, it taps into the notion that rootless-cosmopolitan sophisticates like Obama (and Soros) wallow in government-linked high-finance riches and the decadence of the lower orders simultaneously. It’s what you get when you take the overt ethnic stereotyping out of the early-twentieth-century notion of the International Jew foisting rampaging, jazz-inflamed Negroes on poor white Christians down on the farm.
    He continued:

    “I think the challenge right now — we will hear from the Democrat Party the plight of the poor. And there’s no question it’s not good being poor, and we have a safety net to help those that are very poor. But my campaign is focused is on middle-income Americans. My campaign — you can choose where to focus. You can focus on the rich — that’s not my focus. You can focus on the very poor — that’s not my focus. My focus is on middle-income Americans — retirees living on Social Security, people who can’t find work, folks that have kids that are getting ready to go to college. These are the people who’ve been most badly hurt during the Obama years.”
    See? He keeps repeating it. It’s a rehearsed line. It’s a talking point he wants to take into the campaign. He wants to divide and conquer; he wants middle-class people who’ve had the rug pulled out from under them in this recession to feel that their interests are in opposition to the interests of “the very poor.” He wants them to think that President Obama is excessively concerned with “the very poor” at their expense.

    Will this work? I don’t know. But it’s no slip-up. It’s no gaffe.

  5. Yes, I probably should have developed this into an entire post, but, since the meme of Romney’s “gaffe” had been raised here, I woke up this morning and felt compelled to further comment on it.

  6. If you need a “safety net”, aren’t you in a bad place? Shouldn’t our elected government care enough to attempt to help those in the net?

  7. I’m not sure what you are trying to say to me here. I certainly don’t dispute the obligation of a responsible sane society to provide a safety net at the very least for the what you might call the underclass…indeed I believe it is our responsibility and in our own best interest to try to give everyone the opportunity and and access to a better life. By helping the least, we only enoble the whole. It is beyond altruism, it is social survival.
    I just do not think that this has anything to do with what Mittens real message is. It is calculated divisive language. How do we deal with it?

  8. Hello, MD, I thought exactly the same when I heard it repeated on the
    news shows last night and this morning. It isn’t a gaffe; it is who
    Romney is. A mean of wealth for the wealthy. What is telling, it
    seems to me, is the fact that the reactionary media people recognize
    that it was not a mis-speak. Moreover, they are even angry over
    Romney using the term “safety-net”, in that he would perserve the
    safety net that they want to end, and especially not to enlarge it.

  9. I believe this extreme redistricting to create a Ohio congressional caucus split of 12-4 is a form of voting fraud writ large. It will result in about 25% of Ohio voters being denied the opportunity to have an effective vote: that is, to give their consent to how we are governed (See, e.g., Declaration of Independence: “governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”)

    For the numbers analysis, see:
    http://rjw-progressive.blogspot.com/2011/11/real-voter-fraud.html

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