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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A house is also a home district

Even before the new year arrives, people will be reminded that Ohio could lose two congressional districts in a depopulated state. Majority Republicans-elect could do much of the cartography for the Grand Ole Party.
U.S. Reps. Steve LaTourette, R-Bainbridge Township, and Marcia Fudge, D-Warrensville Heights?
The GOP could let him retain most of his district and geographically it a bit.
What if Fudge’s depopulated district is merged within 12 months into few parts of LaTourette’s eastern Cuyahoga County and/or western Geauga and Lake counties to be ready for 2012?
Hmm. What about well-funded Republican and former Geaugan Matt Dolan, who’s a former state representative?
Dolan ran Nov. 2 for Cuyahoga exec and lost in the Democrats’ urban areas. But he won the GOPish eastern and outer Cuyahoga suburbs where he could run again, this time to become U.S. Rep. Dolan.
Hmm again. State Rep. Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights in eastern Cuyahoga, and Lorraine Fende, D-Willowick in western Lake County?
They just got re-elected, but are termed out and can’t run again for an Ohio House seat in 2012. What about the U.S. House?
P.S. Instead of redistricting Congresswoman Fudge’s district as wondered above, what if the GOP simply favors disintegrating the Cleveland district of Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich and makes his turf hers?
Then it could be Democrats Fudge and Kucinich versus each other?

--David W. Jones


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