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Susan Tebben

Susan Tebben

Susan Tebben is an award-winning journalist with a decade of experience covering Ohio news, including courts and crime, Appalachian social issues, government, education, diversity and culture. She has worked for The Newark Advocate, The Glasgow Daily Times, The Athens Messenger, and WOUB Public Media. She has also had work featured on National Public Radio.

‘Under the circumstances,” Republicans say they came up with best legislative plan

By: - April 5, 2022

The GOP members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission who voted for a slightly reworked version of old legislative maps say they did the best they could “under the circumstances.” The Democratic members of the commission want the court to pick up the rejected plans of two independent mapdrawers instead, while rejecting the maps adopted at […]

Contempt not appropriate in redistricting cases, GOP says

By: - April 5, 2022

The GOP members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission on Monday submitted their arguments against being held in contempt by the Ohio Supreme Court, claiming they did the work that was asked of them. The commissioners, Secretary of State Frank LaRose, Senate President Matt Huffman, House Speaker Bob Cupp, Gov. Mike DeWine and Auditor Keith Faber, […]

Objectors: Changes to legislative maps ‘cosmetic’ at best

By: - April 4, 2022

Yet again asking the Ohio Supreme Court to reject the Ohio Redistricting Commission’s legislative maps, objectors said the fourth plan is merely the third plan in new window dressing. The League of Women Voters of Ohio, the Ohio Organizing Collaborative and a group of Ohio voters represented by the National Redistricting Action Fund, have all […]

Ohio Supreme Court brings contempt back up in redistricting

By: - March 31, 2022

The Ohio Supreme Court has given members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission until Monday to explain why, once again, they shouldn’t be held in contempt of a court order. In a filing on Wednesday, the court brought up the idea of contempt as it had after the ORC missed the deadline for adopting legislative maps […]

Ohio Republicans abandon independent mapmakers to pass slightly modified GOP maps

By: - March 29, 2022

In a 4-3 decision, Republican members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission voted Monday night to pass slightly changed versions of Statehouse district maps previously rejected by the Ohio Supreme Court as unconstitutional. In doing so, they abandoned independent mapmakers they had hired. Commissioners said they did this to fulfill their obligation to send a map […]

Federal court holds off on Ohio redistricting decision, mapmakers continue work

By: - March 26, 2022

A U.S. District Court decided Friday to wait on a decision to implement maps for the May primary election, as Ohio’s new mapmakers started work on the three major cities in the state. A three-judge panel met to talk about a federal lawsuit brought by Republican Ohio voters, in which the panel is being asked […]

Ohio Supreme Court denies Dem request to change primary

By: - March 25, 2022

Democrats weren’t successful in convincing the Ohio Supreme Court to change the May 3 primary date, according to a Thursday afternoon filing. The motion was filed by House Minority Leader Allison Russo and state Sen. Vernon Sykes, both members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission, who said moving the primary date would help the commission be […]

ACLU unhappily files congressional challenge aiming for 2024, instead of 2022

By: - March 25, 2022

“Nobody is happy with where we find ourselves today.” That’s how the ACLU and League of Women Voters feel about filing a lawsuit on congressional maps, but not because they don’t want to fight. The newest lawsuit, unlike the one filed on behalf of Ohio voters by the National Redistricting Action Fund, requests that problems […]

Ohio primary date debate continues

By: - March 24, 2022

The debate over a court’s role in changing the primary date continues in responses submitted to the Ohio Supreme Court. Senate President Matt Huffman and House Speaker Bob Cupp flatly rejected the idea of a primary date change by the supreme court, and advised the court to “deny this baseless motion.” The motion came from […]

Legal mediators added to the Ohio redistricting fold

By: - March 23, 2022

Legal mediators were added to the mapmaking team on Tuesday by the Ohio Redistricting Commission. Two members of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals were approved by the commission to act as mediators as the process of creating a fourth map dictating legislative maps. Catherine C. Geyer and Scott Coburn were chosen after talking […]

Ohio Redistricting Commission adds two new mapmakers

By: - March 22, 2022

The same day that mapmakers were finalized to bring about a fourth version of the legislative redistricting maps, Democratic members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission asked the state’s highest court to move the May 3 primary. Indecision mounted in the Monday evening meeting of the ORC, where they fretted over the hiring of independent mapmakers […]

New congressional suit challenges redistricting map

By: - March 22, 2022

A new lawsuit was filed with the Ohio Supreme Court to challenge the congressional redistricting map in Ohio, restarting the legal battle for federal districts. This comes after the court said a new challenge would need to be filed on the topic of congressional redistricting because it said it did not maintain jurisdiction on the […]