Editorials from around Ohio

Associated Press Modified: November 19, 2012 at 7:45 am •  Published: November 19, 2012

In remarks reminiscent of his earlier denunciation of "47 percent" of Americans as freeloaders addicted to government handouts, Mr. Romney told campaign donors that the Obama campaign's strategy was to "give a bunch of money to a group, and guess what, they'll vote for you . Giving away free stuff is a hard thing to compete with."...

Mr. Romney's own proposed "gifts" to the wealthiest and best-connected voters in the form of tax cuts and gutted regulations were, of course, just good public policy. No political payoff there.

Mr. Romney may actually believe his electoral analysis, although it's always hard to tell what he really thinks. But there appears a simpler, less sinister explanation: Mr. Obama was re-elected because more voters concluded that a second term for the President would better serve not just their interests, but also the nation's. Even Republican officials are dissociating themselves from Mr. Romney's narrow world view.

President Obama's campaign assembled a broad coalition of voters who agreed with his agenda and positions on key issues. Mr. Romney lost because he chose to base his campaign more on division and fragmentation than on his positive message of economic growth and opportunity for all Americans.

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The Marietta Times, Nov. 17

Drawing new congressional and legislative districts, as required every 10 years, is controversial in many states. Accusations of gerrymandering are common. So is concern among voters that their wishes have not been considered by state officials.

Many Ohioans are well aware of the need to improve the redistricting process in the Buckeye State. Yet ... voters rejected a ballot measure, Issue 2, that was aimed at doing just that....

Fortunately, legislative and congressional district boundaries will not have to be redrawn again until 2020. That leaves plenty of time for state leaders — with the advice and consent of Ohio residents — to devise a new system.

Legislators and Gov. John Kasich's administration should begin work on proposals for a new redistricting system soon.

A critical concern about the process of doing that involves bipartisanship. Kasich is a Republican. Secretary of State Jon Husted is a Republican. The General Assembly is controlled by Republicans.

Democrat leaders can be pardoned, then, if they view the process with suspicion. That makes it important that Republican leaders do all in their power to ensure changing the redistricting system is a bipartisan effort. Doing otherwise would set any plan for change up for failure.

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