Because it's redistricting season again, the time when legislators redraw district boundaries based on new census data, and Republicans in Ohio are holding the pen. The Ohio GOP won the governor's seat and took over the state legislature in the midterms, part of a nationwide statehouse surge that has placed Republicans in charge of redrawing congressional-district lines in 17 states, which account for a full 193 out of 435 seats in the House of Representatives, including all the seats from the swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Come 2011, the GOP will control more state legislatures than at any time since 1928. Democrats, by contrast, have maintained control of the redistricting process in six states and will have sole say over 44 districts (that will rise to seven states and 72 districts if Democrats end up holding the New York state Senate).
If anyone has missed one of the key shifts of the last election, and the importance of state legislatures, this is it.