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July 20, 2015

The Washington Post: The Gerrymandering Jig Should Be up

By Editorial Board
The Washington Post
 
The 3rd congressional districts in Maryland and Virginia are roughly 200 miles apart — depending on which part of their ungainly boundaries one takes as a starting point — and, on the surface, seem to have little in common. Virginia’s 3rd stretches from Norfolk to Richmond. Maryland’s 3rd, with contours often likened to a blood spatter, incorporates parts of…

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July 18, 2015

Tallahassee Democrat: Court’s Redistricting Ruling Ripples Into The Panhandle

By Bill Cortterell
Tallahassee Democrat
 
 
Her Big Bend district was not one of the eight cited by the Florida Supreme Court in ordering the Legislature to redraw congressional boundaries, but Rep. Gwen Graham has a huge stake in the redistricting process.
The ruling last week hinged on the serpentine district of U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, a Jacksonville Democrat who, in 1992, was one of the first three…

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July 16, 2015

The Washington Post: The 2020 Redistricting War Is (Already) On

By Amber Phillips
The Washington Post
 
There’s a hundred-million-dollar battle brewing for control of Congress, but it’s not going to be resolved for seven more years, and the battles will take place in lands far away from Washington.
Both Democrats and Republicans think controlling state legislatures in 2020 is one of the most important political battles to fight, mostly for one reason: The power…

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July 13, 2015

The Wall Street Journal: How Court Rulings Could Kickstart Redistricting Reform Efforts

By Linda Killian
The Wall Street Journal
 
It’s a good bet that recent court rulings on redistricting will embolden residents in other states to emulate Florida, Arizona, and California in adopting oversight measures and rules for redistricting or creating independent commissions to oversee the process.
A Florida Supreme Court ruling last week ordering parts of the state’s congressional map to be redrawn…

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July 10, 2015

The Washington Post: One Of America’s Weirdest Congressional Districts Has Just Been Trashed By The Florida Supreme Court

By Michael E. Miller and Nick Kirkpatrick
The Washington Post
 
Destroyed records. Shadowy projects with names like “Sputnik” and “Frankenstein.” And a college student whose identity was stolen to provide cover for political operatives.
Welcome to Florida, where the tentacles of gerrymandering are as tightly coiled around the statehouse as an invasive Burmese python.
Take Florida’s infamous 5th…

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July 8, 2015

The Washington Times: Group Of Wisconsin Democrats Sue Over 2011 Redistricting

By Associated Press
The Washington Times
 
 
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A group of Democrats is asking a federal court to throw out Wisconsin’s legislative Assembly district map, claiming the 2011 lines were drawn to the advantage of Republicans and therefore are unconstitutional.
Twelve plaintiffs filed the complaint Wednesday, calling the redistricting map “partisan gerrymandering” at its…

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July 5, 2015

Bowling Green Daily News: Ruling Could Alter Maps

By Katie Brandenburg
Bowling Green Daily News
 
Some Kentuckians contend a U.S. Supreme Court decision last week will help them change the state’s redistricting procedure.
Richard Beliles, state chairman of the organization Common Cause Kentucky, has lobbied the state legislature for about 20 years to have it appoint a nonpartisan commission, including geographers and population experts, to draw lines for…

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July 5, 2015

Associated Press: Michigan Groups Eye Redistricting Ballot Drive After Ruling

By David Eggert
Associated Press
 
LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Buoyed by a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, advocates of overhauling how Michigan draws legislative and congressional seats plan to raise public awareness about redistricting in preparation for a potential 2016 ballot initiative.
The ruling, issued in the last week, upheld the authority of states to strip lawmakers’ authority to set…

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July 1, 2015

The Herald Bulletin: SCOTUS Ruling Paves Way For Possible Indiana Redistricting Commission

By Zach Osowski
The Herald Bulletin
 
ANDERSON — As an Indiana special interim study committee on redistricting gets ready to meet this summer, a United States Supreme Court decision paved the way for an independent Indiana redistricting committee to become a reality.
The Supreme Court ruling stated redistricting commissions independent of a state legislature were constitutional. Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson,…

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June 29, 2015

National Journal: Independent Redistricting Commissions Remain Legal, But They’re Not Democrats’ Silver Bullet

By Jack Fitzpatrick
National Journal
 
After Monday’s Supreme Court rulings, it remains legally possible for advocates to push for more state commissions to take redistricting powers out of the hands of partisan legislators. But it also remains very difficult—both for good-government advocates and for Democrats seeking to repair their structural disadvantage in the House of Representatives.
The Court…

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