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  • Supreme Court case based in Md. could have wide impact

    09/07/2015 11:46:17 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 33 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | September 6, 2015 | By John Fritze
    A little-noticed lawsuit brought by a Maryland man challenging the state's contorted congressional districts will be heard this fall by the Supreme Court — where it has the potential to open a new line of constitutional attack for opponents of gerrymandering. Stephen M. Shapiro, a former federal worker from Bethesda, argues that the political map drawn by state Democrats after the 2010 census violated the First Amendment rights of Republicans by placing them in districts in which they were in the minority, marginalizing them based solely on their political views. The issue before the Supreme Court is whether a lower...
  • Liberal donors eye new long-term investments in states and new voters to boost Democrats

    05/05/2014 7:42:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    Washington post ^ | 5/4/2014 | Matea Gold,
    A group of wealthy liberal donors who helped bankroll the Center for American Progress and other major advocacy groups on the left is developing a new big-money strategy that could boost state-level Democratic candidates and mobilize core party voters. The plan, being crafted in private by a group of about 100 donors that includes billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros and San Francisco venture capitalist Rob McKay, seeks to give Democrats a stronger hand in the redrawing of district lines for state legislatures and the U.S. House.
  • Party of the rich: In Congress, it's the Democrats [6 richest Congressional districts all voted Dem]

    03/31/2014 3:49:45 AM PDT · by grundle · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 31, 2014 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    Republicans are the party of the rich, right? It's a label that has stuck for decades, and you're hearing it again as Democrats complain about GOP opposition to raising the minimum wage and extending unemployment benefits. But in Congress, the wealthiest among us are more likely to be represented by a Democrat than a Republican. Of the 10 richest House districts, only two have Republican congressmen. Democrats claim the top six, sprinkled along the East and West coasts. Most are in overwhelmingly Democratic states like New York and California.
  • Ohio, Virginia eye proposals for more proportional split of electoral votes

    12/09/2012 4:20:26 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 8, 2012 | David Sherfinski
    Officials in Virginia and Ohio, once reliably red states that have gone for President Obama in the past two elections, have discussed the idea of apportioning their electoral votes by congressional district — a system some say would more accurately reflect the will of the states’ voters but one that others dismiss as an unnecessary political ploy. The talks come as demographic shifts have pushed the GOP’s reliable bastions to more exurban and rural areas, allowing Democrats to win such states by sufficiently running up their margins in a comparatively small number of densely-populated cities and counties. To that end,...
  • Justice Department Greenlights New North Carolina Congressional Map

    11/02/2011 3:59:17 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 10 replies
    Roll Call ^ | November 2, 2011 | Joshua Miller
    The Department of Justice pre-cleared North Carolina’s redrawn Congressional map today, solidifying this cycle’s most detrimental gerrymander for House Democrats. Four Democrats — Reps. Larry Kissell, Mike McIntyre, Heath Shuler and Brad Miller — are in more danger of losing their seat next year under the new lines.
  • Utah Dems threaten lawsuit if new congressional map doesn't change (Crybaby City)

    10/01/2011 8:07:22 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 3 replies
    Deseret News ^ | 9/28/11 | Lisa Riley Roche
    Utah State Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis said Wednesday the party will take the state to court unless Republicans back away from a controversial new congressional map. "If the outrageous insult to the people of Utah stands that is the Republican power bosses' map, the Democratic Party will be suing, no question about it," Dabakis told the Deseret News. A memo from the Utah Democratic Lawyers Council obtained by the News states "Utah could become a prime candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court to establish its new judicial test for partisan gerrymandering," depending on the outcome of redistricting.
  • California schools to turn away children without whooping cough vaccine

    09/18/2011 10:40:55 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 108 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1:08 AM on 18th September 2011 | By Associated Press
    Some California schools are turning away middle and high school students who have not received a required whooping cough vaccine while others are defying a law passed last year after a historic spike in cases of the potentially fatal disease. The law approved last September initially required all students entering grades seven through 12 to get vaccinated by the start of the 2011-2012 school year. Lawmakers passed a 30-day extension this summer as districts worried many students wouldn't meet the deadline.
  • States get new leeway to tally prisoners in census

    02/11/2010 3:54:57 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 2 replies · 206+ views
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | February 11, 2010 | Hope Yen
    WASHINGTON – States are getting new leeway in tallying their prisoners in the 2010 census — a move that could reshape the political map, increasing urban population numbers while reducing the figures for rural voting districts where inmates are incarcerated. The Census Bureau said this week it would release data on prison populations to states when they redraw legislative boundaries next year. Previously, the agency provided the breakdowns on group quarters, like prisons, after states finished their high-stakes redistricting. That resulted in districts with prisons getting extra representation in their legislatures, despite laws in some states that say a prison...
  • Will Unions Take Over Redistricting?

    11/23/2009 10:17:21 PM PST · by hoguenews · 2 replies · 295+ views
    Hogue News ^ | November 23, 2009 | Eric Hogue
    Could the Public Employee Unions commandeer the Citizens Redistricting Commission? Coming December 15th, the California State Auditor’s Office will begin receiving applications for the new “Rock Star Commission”, a group of normal citizens who will be selected to re-draw the lines of California’s State Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization Districts starting with the elections in 2012. In a previous HOGUE NEWS exclusive piece, I revealed the importance of this commission and the power they will be handed in determining California’s future. I am excited that California will remove the politicians from the census process of drawing district lines for...
  • Millions of real stimulus dollars go to 'phantom' House districts in Minnesota

    11/18/2009 1:25:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1,115+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 11/18/09 | Bob Von Sternberg
    Minnesota's 27th Congressional District has snared just over $3 million in federal stimulus money, five times as much as the 57th District has gotten. One problem: Neither district exists -- except on, the Obama administration's website that tracks the flow of stimulus cash. Beyond Minnesota's eight actual congressional districts, which have gotten the lion's share of the money, the website list 11 phantom districts that supposedly have been awarded more than $7 million in grants.
  • HR2454 - An interesting find

    06/29/2009 7:47:12 PM PDT · by GISPatriot · 338+ views
    Seven members of the board of Catholic Charities announced their resignations. They were protesting the effort by Massachusetts bishops to prohibit gays from adopting children from their Catholic social service agencies. The seven who quit said prohibition ''threatens the very essence of our Christian mission." Church doctrine states that allowing children to be adopted by same-sex couples ''would actually mean doing violence to these children...gravely immoral." If you agree with those principles, according to the Vatican, a Catholic in good standing. If you don't, you're not. Liberals raised as Catholics refuse to accept this reality. We think we can be...
  • In twist, GOP candidates eye California's Democratic districts

    01/20/2008 9:25:43 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 79+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 1/20/08 | Michael R. Blood - ap
    California's 33rd Congressional District is hard-core Democrat. Ethnically diverse, cutting a swath from Hollywood through the city's historic black heartland, it's so thick with Democrats that John Kerry won 83 percent of the vote during the 2004 presidential election. Republicans didn't even bother to field a candidate in the last U.S. House race. So why would Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney be interested in voters here? In a twist on political logic, heavily Democratic patches in California are being fiercely contested by some Republican presidential candidates because of a change in state election rules. For the first time in a...
  • The "Trojan Horse Primary"

    03/09/2007 4:24:46 PM PST · by Amerigomag · 3 replies · 359+ views
    New West Notes ^ | 03-08-2007 | Bill Bradley
    So, what about what’s “hiding” inside what some conservatives have taken to calling “the Trojan Horse primary,” i.e., California’s early presidential primary? It may not be all that fearsome. The great fear on the right is that California’s term limits law would be altered by voters next February 5th, when the state will all but certainly hold Democratic and Republican presidential primaries. (The bill has passed both houses of the Legislature and awaits the signature of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who proposed the idea.) Presumably the right wing fear is that the vote to alter term limits would be unfair, due...
  • Fire maps tag homes to skip ( Defensible Spaces : fire buffer )

    06/11/2006 6:46:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 40 replies · 800+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | June 10, 2006 | Todd Hartman
    Wildfire triage helps districts decide which properties to protect... Increasingly wary of powerful forest fires..mountain fire districts are mapping out which vulnerable homes might be sacrificed to avoid putting firefighters in harm's way and make best use of limited resources... Since [ the ] disastrous fire season of 2002, fire districts and departments...are rapidly assembling data to assist in hard decisions about what neighborhoods are defensible and which ones may be left to burn. But should a fast-rising fire force districts with too few resources to make deployment decisions fast, new maps and software give firefighters instant access to the...
  • Remains Of Past Emerge From The Dark - Ancient Buddhist Stupas Discovered In Bihar

    05/08/2006 2:50:38 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 702+ views
    Telegraph India ^ | 5-7-2006 | Santosh Singh
    Remains of past emerge from the dark - Ancient buddhist stupas discovered in bihar districts SANTOSH SINGH A mound discovered recently at Turki in Bihar’s Vaishali district. Telegraph picture Patna, May 7: A forgotten chapter of ancient history is emerging, slowly and silently, in Bihar with Patna’s KP Jaiswal Research Institute identifying as many as 70 Buddhist stupas, 50 of which remain buried underground. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) approved project plans to document all the stupas by September this year, said director of the institute Vijay Chaudhary. Buddhist texts indicate that when the Buddha died, he was cremated...
  • CA: Millions to repair schools untapped - Districts may fear they won't be repaid for work

    04/20/2006 9:08:10 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 313+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 4/20/06 | Ed Mendel
    SACRAMENTO – The settlement of a landmark lawsuit two years ago created a $200 million state fund for emergency repairs in low-performing schools throughout California, but little of the money has been spent. Leaky roofs, broken toilets and other problems requiring urgent repair were cited in the suit. Only $247,000 has been spent from the fund – far less than the $30 million paid to attorneys in the suit. Some lawmakers think the fund, which is scheduled to grow by $200 million a year and reach $800 million by 2008, is not being used because school districts with tight budgets...
  • CA: Jobs stay as schools shrink - Administrators fare better than teachers as districts cut back

    11/25/2005 9:05:41 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 451+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 11/25/05 | Phillip Reese
    Enrollment drops, teachers leave, but administrators stay. That's the story at most of the 25 school districts with declining enrollment in the Sacramento region, according to a Bee analysis of state education data. Just eight of those districts reported to the state that they had cut administrators between the school years 1999-2000 and 2004-2005, even though the districts lost about 5,000 students during that period. Five of the 25 districts added administrators. And although most of those districts aren't cutting administrator positions, they are employing fewer teachers. Twenty-two of the 25 districts have fewer teachers today than they did five...
  • Voting law should apply nationwide

    11/15/2005 1:47:16 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies · 956+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | November 15, 2005 | Jim Wooten
    The question of how much longer a handful of states — most in the South, including Georgia — will be relegated to second-class status in our own country is pending before the U.S. Congress. At issue is extension of expiring provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 — specifically, Section 5, that 40 years later continues, without any basis whatsoever — to punish living Georgians for the sins of the dead. The irony, in fact, is that not only are most of the offenders dead, but their party has been ousted from power and many of those who govern...
  • CA: Corrupting influence (politicians create safe districts and still squeeze special interests)

    08/15/2005 10:00:38 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 267+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 8/15/05 | Editorial
    Why is it that Southern California residents continually get ripped off when it comes to the distribution of federal funds, but their congressmen the people charged with distributing those funds continually get re-elected? It's all about money. Southland lawmakers have some of the biggest campaign war chests in the country, thanks to countless special interests all too happy to purchase their favor. Of seven Golden State lawmakers going into the campaign season with more than $1 million as of June 30, six are from Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino and Orange counties. Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora, has the third-largest congressional...
  • Let's start counting citizens

    06/26/2005 3:45:54 PM PDT · by Founding Father · 65 replies · 1,227+ views
    Pittsburgh Live ^ | June 26, 2005 | Dimitri Vassilaros
    Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., wants to change one word in the U.S. Constitution. Replacing "persons" with "citizens" in the 14th Amendment would force the Census Bureau to discount foreigners -- legals and illegals -- to ensure that every American finally would be properly represented in the House. Michigan would gain a seat, as would Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Montana and Utah, according to Ms. Miller. "It is almost ridiculously simple" she said.
  • How to End Gerrymandering -- A Simple Plan

    02/28/2005 11:13:52 AM PST · by hinterlander · 29 replies · 1,281+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | February 28, 2005 | Mac Johnson
    Elections without choice are Democracy how, exactly?In 1812, Elbridge Gerry, the Governor of Massachusetts, redrew the legislative districts in his state to favor his party in the upcoming election. Looking at the sinuous and contorted shape of one district, which projected protuberances into dispersed pockets of voters across half the state, one observer noted that it looked rather like a salamander. "No," another commentator replied, "it looks more like a Gerry-mander." Thus, one of America's oldest and most-questionable political practices was born and named, surprisingly in Massachusetts. Gerrymandering is a political trick that parties in power use to stay in...
  • CA: (School) Districts ask for funding boost - Parcel tax proposals sought across (Silicon) valley

    08/15/2004 9:15:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 383+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 8/15/04 | Dana Hull
    Small class sizes in kindergarten through third grade are a big hit with parents and teachers alike. Some school districts need added security measures. And students don't want to give up electives such as art and music. But with the state facing an $8 billion to $10 billion budget deficit in the next year, at least half a dozen Silicon Valley school districts are asking residents to tax themselves in the November election to help their schools avoid drastic cuts that directly affect learning. The parcel tax initiatives range from $50 a parcel annually in the East Side Union High...
  • Conservatives in catbird seat

    03/21/2004 6:10:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies · 127+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | March 21, 2004 | Jim Wooten
    Not in more than 40 years has the face of Georgia politics so dramatically changed so quickly. In one redistricting map, delivered last week by a special master working for a three-judge federal panel, the brutalization of Georgia by incumbent politicians determined to maintain party domination fell asunder. Whoosh. Gone. An era ended. The drawing of a fair map that treats voters equally, regardless of where they live, is as significant as the 1962 Supreme Court decision that ended the county-unit system in Georgia politics. The county-unit system, passed into law in 1917, decided elections on a county voting basis....
  • KY, IN, & OH, Mark your Calendars for . . .

    03/12/2004 11:00:34 PM PST · by CourtneyLeigh · 13 replies · 538+ views
    03/13/04 | CourtneyLeigh
    All who are from Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio who would like to meet with other Freepers to discuss issues, bills, proposals of both, and likewise topics please mark your calendars for Saturday June 12th, around 5:30pm in Covington, KY (right off I-75 5th St. exit). There will be a private room, at an affordable yet quality restaurant. Willies Sports Cafe! It's not a bar,however they do have a full bar, a secluded game room, and large tv's throughout the dining area. I am not sure about the private room details. Please contact me soon if you feel you know of...
  • CA: Districts feel pain of school closings (Santa Clara County)

    05/08/2003 10:21:22 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 270+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 5/8/03 | Joelle Tessler
    <p>Across Santa Clara County, a number of school districts are making the painful decision to shutter schools in the face of falling enrollments and the state budget crisis.</p> <p>As families leave the area to escape the economic slump and the high cost of living, and as districts brace for a projected $2 billion cut in state aid, many district officials say they have few other options to balance their budgets.</p>
  • CA: School districts puzzle over budget cut

    12/22/2002 4:51:45 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 210+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 12/22/02 | Jennifer Coleman - AP
    <p>POLLOCK PINES, Calif.(AP) - The Pollock Pines school district has three schools, but soon it may have only two principals to cover them. The district may scale back on custodians. Or it could trim its summer school schedules.</p> <p>Like most school districts across the state, Pollock Pines is looking to cut more than 3.6 percent from its budget halfway through the year. The across-the-board cuts were proposed by Gov. Gray Davis earlier this month as part of $10.2 billion in reductions to this and next year's budgets.</p>
  • AP: GOP Shifted Billions to Districts

    08/05/2002 1:56:16 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 35 replies · 414+ views
    AP | 8-05-02 | David Pace
    AP: GOP Shifted Billions to Districts By DAVID PACE Associated Press Writer AP/J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE [16K] BREAKING -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WASHINGTON (AP) — The 1994 revolution that gave Republicans control of the House of Representatives produced a seismic shift in federal spending, moving tens of billions of dollars from Democratic to GOP districts, an Associated Press analysis shows. Rather than pork barrel projects for new GOP districts, the change was driven mostly by Republican policies that moved spending from poor rural and urban areas to the more affluent suburbs and GOP-leaning farm country, the computer analysis showed. The result was an average...