Republicans ignoring the will of the people
Here we go again.
Even though Ohio voters overwhelmingly approved a Constitutional amendment in 2015 to prevent partisan gerrymandering in state districts, and another in 2018 for congressional districts, GOP elected officials in our state have managed to drag their feet long enough so that the November election will be for unconstitutional districts.
A bipartisan commission of lawmakers is in control of the process, and so far the Republican majority on that commission has submitted maps so distorted that the Ohio Supreme Court has struck them down seven times, stating they were so unfair they violated the State Constitution.
Ohio is roughly 42% Republican, 40% Democrat, and 18% Independent, according to the Pew Research Center. That shows more balanced representation should be the case. However, Republicans controlled the redistricting process in 2011 and fixed it so they have consistently won 12 of the state’s 16 congressional seats for the past ten years.
Since Republicans benefit from this gerrymandering, they apparently will not give up the stranglehold despite the voters’ directive. The will of the people is ignored once again for their own benefit in November.Why are fair districts such a problem for our state GOP officials? It seems un-American to me to manipulate the playing field for unfair advantages, but it does show the importance of each vote as we aim for a better Ohio that truly reflects our citizens.
Tim Ryan cares about veterans and deserves your vote
Even in a continually divisive political climate, the vast majority of Ohioans and Americans will agree that veterans deserve access to high quality healthcare, benefits and services to help them weather the cost of their sacrifice for our county.
Most of us know that the PACT act, which expands VA health care and benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances, was passed Aug. 2. Not only did Ohio Senate candidate Tim Ryan vote in favor of this bill, he took the House Floor in November with a passionate plea for the leadership to take up the measure. Ryan also traveled the state holding roundtable discussions with veterans impacted by burn pits
In the meantime, his opponent, JD Vance, when asked whether he would support the bipartisan act responded that he “hasn’t followed it closely” and later, when the Senate initially failed to pass the bill, told reporters “I’d be lying if I said I knew anything about it”.
Vance’s disregard and lack of care for the PACT Act is not only shocking but deeply disappointing to veterans, especially considering he is a veteran himself. If he can’t even bother to be aware of national issues affecting veterans, how can I be comfortable with him being a senior leader in Ohio, much less America.
You’ve heard the phrase “Actions speak louder than words?” Tim Ryan’s long history of actions, not words, have demonstrated that he will fight tirelessly for veterans rights and benefits, and I fully support him as our next US Senator from Ohio.
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