Skip to comments.Federal judges slam GOP lawmakers over redistricting secrecy
Posted on 02/17/2012 6:29:03 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
Madison - A three-judge panel on Thursday told Republican lawmakers to turn over 84 documents to a group of Democrats in a blistering order that said Republicans had engaged in an "all but shameful" effort to keep its efforts hidden from the public.
The court promptly released the documents that showed, among other things, that Republicans who drew new election maps last year largely orchestrated the public testimony given in support of them.
The three federal judges - two of them appointed by Republicans - were unanimous in their decision. It came after a string of orders against the Republicans and just five days be fore the judges will preside over a trial in Milwaukee to determine whether the maps adhere to the U.S. Constitution.
In recent weeks, as the trial has neared, controversial documents have been released, including legal agreements nearly every Republican in the Legislature signed promising to keep the maps secret and talking points prepared for Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester) telling Republicans to ignore public comments about the maps.
Every 10 years, states must draw new maps to account for population shifts recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau. Wisconsin Republicans were able to establish maps last year that greatly favored their party because they control state government.
The Republicans hired Michael Best & Friedrich and the Troupis Law Office to help create the maps, and legislative aides drew them at Michael Best's offices across the street from the Capitol. Republicans have committed $400,000 in taxpayer money for the legal help.
A group of Democrats sued over the maps even before they were unveiled. Their case argues the maps violate the federal Voting Rights Act and U.S. Constitution because of how they treat minorities and because they move so many people from one district to another.
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Wiscosnin Federal Judge Sames GOP Ping
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Wisconsin Federal Judges Slam GOP Ping
“Republicans were able to establish maps last year that greatly favored their party because they control state government.
...they move so many people from one district to another.”
Of course there’s a big change going from Democrat gerrymandered districting to Republican.
Journal Sentinel covers that fact up and implies some more nefarious explanation- shows why I hate our disgusting media.
Exactly what laws were broken? None? This just media monkeys throwing feces for obama and the unions.
This is what happens when rino pubs appoint democrats who will undermine conservatives at every step. Rinos are such idiots and are guilty of giving weapons to the enemy. Do you have to be an idiot to be a GOP politician nowadays. Cause the democrats only appoint democrat communists as judges and stomp on conservatives. Idiots beget idiocy.
This exposes the racist underbelly of the Democrats. They automatically assume that people can only be fairly represented in government by those who have the same skin color as themselves.
Burn the documents.