Via America’s Lawyer: Federal judges in both Michigan and Ohio ruled that the respective state’s congressional maps had been grossly gerrymandered and that they would all have to be redrawn before 2020. Mike Papantonio explains more.

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Last week, federal judges in both Michigan and Ohio ruled that the respective state’s congressional maps had been grossly gerrymandered and that they would all have to be redrawn before 2020. Both states had districts that were drawn by the Republican majorities that control their legislatures, but now they’re going to have to redo these districts and get them approved by the court prior to the next election cycle.

This country’s always functioned best when we have a balance of power between the left and the right, but these gerrymandered maps have made it impossible for that balanced actually occur. Single party control prevents about half the citizens in any area from having a voice in politics and these recent court decisions are a step in the right direction to getting us closer to more evenly balanced representation.

Mike Papantonio is an American attorney and television and radio talk show host. He is past president of The National Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious trial lawyer association in America; and is one of the few living attorneys inducted into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame. He hosts the international television show "America's Lawyer"; and co-hosts Ring of Fire Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program, with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Sam Seder.