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February 10, 2017

Washington Post: Gerrymandering Is The Biggest Obstacle To Genuine Democracy In The United States. So Why Is No One Protesting?

By Brian Klaas
The Washington Post
 
There is an enormous paradox at the heart of American democracy. Congress is deeply and stubbornly unpopular. On average, between 10 and 15 percent of Americans approve of Congress – on a par with public support for traffic jams and cockroaches. And yet, in the 2016 election, only eight incumbents – eight out of a body of 435 representatives – were defeated at the…

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February 8, 2017

Inside Elections: Fight Over Congressional Redistricting Begins With Key Gubernatorial Contests

By Stuart Rothenberg
Inside Elections with Nathan Gonzales 
 
While the 2020 census is still three years away, the fight for control of the congressional redistricting process is underway — in developing gubernatorial contests in a handful of key states.
Yes, there are plenty of unknowns about reapportionment and redistricting, since the courts, the Trump Justice Department and state legislators will…

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January 28, 2017

Washington Post: Republican Redistricting Is Taking A Beating In The Courts, Right Now

By Amber Phillips
The Washington Post
 
Recent court decisions in three states are putting carefully carved Republican-drawn state legislative districts at risk — and could even threaten the entire process of partisan map drawing.
 
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December 18, 2016

St. Louis Post Dispatch Editorial: The 2020 Census Is Key To Democrats’ Hopes For A Rebound

By The Editorial Board
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
 
By law, legislative redistricting isn’t supposed to be a partisan process. In practice, it almost always is. This fundamental building block of our democracy is flawed because it has been so badly abused by the people drawing the lines.
Congressional districts must be of nearly equal population; legislative districts must be “substantially” equal in size…

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December 14, 2016

Huffington Post: Rebuilding The Democratic Machine

By Chris Weigant
The Huffington Post
 
The Democratic Party is in pretty dire straights at the moment. Republicans not only control the United States Senate, the House of Representatives, and the White House, but when you take a look down at the state level, things are even more depressing. Republicans have full control (both statehouses and the governor’s office) in 25 states. Democrats only have complete…

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December 8, 2016

Think Progress: The Only Way Democrats Can Win The 2020 Redistricting Fight

By Ian Millhiser
Think Progress
 
Democrats will bring out some big guns to combat the partisan gerrymandering that helps lock in Republican control of the House of Representatives and many state legislatures. Yet, a recent speech by one of these big guns suggests that they have not fully thought through the full extent of the challenges facing their party — or the appropriate solutions to address these…

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December 6, 2016

The Economist: The Justices Tackle Racial Gerrymandering

By S.M.
The Economist
 
The Supreme Court has never taken a stand against gerrymandering, the game in which legislators choose their voters, rather than the other way around. But when states draw electoral district lines using racial considerations, the justices have admonished them not to overdo it. There is no problem with designing “majority-minority” districts to enhance the odds for black and Hispanic…

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December 5, 2016

Huffington Post: Eric Holder To Lead Democrats’ New Redistricting Effort

By Paul Blumenthal
The Huffington Post
 
Former Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that he will be the chairman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, a new organization meant to act as a hub for Democratic Party efforts to gain control of the next redistricting process.
Calling it an “unprecedented new effort,” Holder said that the organization “will set priorities for investing…

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December 5, 2016

NPR: Questions Of Race And Redistricting Return To The Supreme Court

By Nina Totenberg
NPR
 
For more than a quarter century, two legislative districts in North Carolina have been ground zero in a fight over race and redistricting. In the course of that time, Republicans have taken control of the state Legislature, and the two political parties have reversed their legal positions regarding the use of race and drawing district lines.
When these two congressional districts first…

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November 21, 2016

New York Times: Judges Find Wisconsin Redistricting Unfairly Favored Republicans

By Michael Wines
The New York Times
 
A panel of three federal judges said on Monday that the Wisconsin Legislature’s 2011 redrawing of State Assembly districts to favor Republicans was an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander, the first such ruling in three decades of pitched legal battles over the issue.
Federal courts have struck down gerrymanders on racial grounds, but not on grounds that they unfairly…

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