The trial to overturn the Ohio gerrymandering map continued this week in Cincinnati. The suit has been brought by Democratic organizations, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, and various citizens from gerrymandered districts and asserts that the gerrymander is “an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander that violates the First Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment, and Article I of the United States Constitution.”
Here in Cincinnati, our local paper, The Cincinnati Enquirer, has no local coverage of this trial with national significance. When I asked Carl Weiser, the political editor of the Enquirer, why there was no coverage, he responded that they’re only posting articles from the Associated Press.Response from Cincinnati Enquirer political editor Carl Weiser to my question about coverage of the trial that’s going on down the street.
Since the Enquirer has only posted two terrible AP stories about the issue that literally disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of voters in Cincinnati, I thought I’d put together some of the key takeaways from the trial.