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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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