Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) speaks during a news conference to address the Senate's failure to confirm a United States District Court judicial nominee at the Capitol in Washington, Nov. 18, 2013. Senate Republicans on Monday blocked a third consecutive Obama administration nominee to the U.S. District Court and insisted they would not back down, inflaming a bitter debate over a president's right to shape the judiciary. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The New York Times)
Ohio’s congressional maps, drawn every 10 years by the party in power, now include such a racial, economic and social imbalance that experts say it contributes both to gridlock in Congress and to a lack of understanding by elected representatives of the issues that matter to residents across the partisan divide.
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