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…
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.
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…
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…
By Ian Millhiser
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…
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…
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…
By Nina Totenberg
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…
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…
By Ed Kilgore
New York Magazine
Barack Obama has often been accused of being insufficiently partisan — or at least insufficiently devoted to the particular interests of the Democratic Party. So, it’s interesting he’s signaling that he will make a new Democratic redistricting project headed up by former Attorney General Eric Holder “the main focus of his political activity once he leaves…