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  • U.S. top court hands win to Republicans over Texas voting maps

    09/12/2017 7:59:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 12, 2017 | Lawrence Hurley
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An ideologically divided U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a win to Republicans in Texas by putting on hold rulings that said electoral districts drawn by state lawmakers discriminated against minority voters. On a 5-4 vote, with the court’s conservatives in the majority and the liberal justices dissenting, the court in a brief order blocked two different lower court decisions that found fault with both congressional districts and state legislative districts drawn by the Republican-controlled state legislature. In August, a federal court in Texas struck down two Republican-drawn congressional districts saying they were discriminatory and ordering new...
  • Md. Dems face redistricting mutiny

    10/06/2012 8:13:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | October 5, 2012 | Charles Mahtesian
    As Maryland voters prepare for a November referendum to decide the fate of the state’s new congressional map, Montgomery Gazette columnist Blair Lee chronicles the quandary faced by Democratic Party leaders in strongly Democratic, earnestly liberal and good government-oriented Montgomery County. On one hand, the newly drawn map — one of the most ridiculously gerrymandered in the nation — maximizes Democratic opportunities across the state. On the other, the new congressional lines are an indefensible affront to good government — an issue of concern in the affluent suburb of Washington, D.C., one the nation’s top goo-goo outposts.
  • Breaking News: Liberal Politicians and Now Judges Continue Attacks on Bachmann

    05/18/2012 9:51:41 AM PDT · by Syncro · 25 replies ^ | 5/18/2012 | Michele Bachmann
    Dear Fellow Conservative, I'm reaching out to you today because I need your support to continue fighting in the U.S. House of Representatives against President Obama's big government agenda. A major development has just occurred in my race for the U.S. House of Representatives and I'm asking for your immediate help... ...You see, in retaliation for repeatedly standing up to President Obama on the national stage, liberal judges have redrawn the lines of my Minnesota Congressional District to try and wipe me off of the political map once and for all. Their bias was so obvious they even gerrymandered...
  • Federal court orders May 29 primary date for Texas

    03/01/2012 4:50:05 PM PST · by deport · 18 replies · 4+ views
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The federal court in San Antonio has ordered Texas to hold its primary elections on May 29, resolving for now one of the biggest issues in the state's redistricting battles. The three-judge panel issued the election schedule two days after releasing political maps for Texas to use in the 2012 election. Legal disputes over the maps for congressional and House districts have kept Texas from holding elections. In the primary schedule released Thursday, the filing period for candidates reopens Friday and closes March 9. While the court order clarifies the election schedule, some minority groups...
  • In Pennsylvania, the Gerrymander of the Decade?

    12/15/2011 8:32:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 14, 2011 | Sean Trende
    There have been a lot of good candidates for the "gerrymander of the decade" award this cycle. North Carolina, Illinois and Texas have all dreamed up district lines that have gone... --snip-- Republicans in Pennsylvania, however, took a state that is two or three points more Democratic than the country as a whole, and created 12 districts (out of 18) that are more Republican than the country as a whole. They did so by creating what can only be called a group of Rorschach-inkblot districts in southeastern Pennsylvania. The net result is a map that shores up their vulnerable incumbents,...
  • Colorado Supreme Court strikes down new map of legislative districts (Dems Lose)

    11/16/2011 9:57:49 PM PST · by Red Steel · 5 replies
    kdvr ^ | 8:11 p.m. MST, November 15, 2011 | Eli Stokols
    DENVER -- That 2012 statehouse battle between Reps. Andy Kerr and Ken Summers, their two House districts drawn together by Colorado's Reapportionment Commission, is on hold. For now. On Tuesday, the Colorado Supreme Court rejected the new map of Colorado's House and Senate districts approved by the commission in September. Several state lawmakers saw their seats become a lot more competitive under the new map, drawn by Entravision CEO Mario Carerra, the unaffiliated chairman of -- and swing vote on -- the 11-member commission. Now, after a 4-2 vote by the state's highest court, the Commission will have to reconvene...
  • A model redistricting plan from the Maryland GOP

    10/19/2011 7:03:06 AM PDT · by TBP · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 15 | The Washington Post
    Maryland is home to some of the most gerrymandered congressional districts in the country. But the decennial redistricting getting underway gives Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley and state leaders a chance to remake the partisan, unrepresentative districts created 10 years ago under Gov. Parris Glendening, another Democrat — districts that have harmed Democratic and unaffiliated voters as much as they have Republicans. And the good news is officials don’t have to spend much time reviewing voter rolls and computer data to achieve this good-government outcome. All they have to do is adopt the plan offered by Maryland Republicans. Yes, you read...
  • 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.
  • Gerrymander Endangers Nearly All House GOPers in Illinois

    06/07/2011 9:27:41 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 45 replies
    "The plan that the legislature passed in Springfield and that the governor will likely sign in a few days puts just about all of us in political danger," freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger told HUMAN EVENTS last week, the "us" being himself and the eight other Republican U.S. representatives from Illinois. In what could fairly be labeled the most blatant case of political gerrymandering this year, the Democratic-controlled house and senate in Illinois recently unveiled a redistricting plan for the Prairie State's 17 congressional districts... ...The most dramatic change to come out of the new Democratic plan is to put Representatives...
  • Frank's bid for re-election throws wrench into redistricting

    02/03/2011 12:30:33 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 15 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 2/3/11 | Garrett Quinn
    Barney Frank just threw a big wrench into the the redistricting plans for the Commonwealth. Many were speculating that Frank would retire and solve the politically tense problem of picking a district for elimination, especially after the two western Massachusetts congressmen, Rep. John Olver and Rep. Richard Neal, said they were sticking around. Well(,) that's not the case now and it appears a once tired and ex(h)austed Frank is now more energized than ever. His district is one of the most gerrymandered districts in the country and would have been perfect for other districts to absorb. He's probably insulated from...
  • Selectmen draw the line at 'Gerrymandering'

    11/22/2010 1:00:40 PM PST · by raccoonradio · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Salem News ^ | Allan Burke
    MARBLEHEAD — Abbot Hall will host the new documentary "Gerrymandering" on Dec. 9. What's more, the selectmen agreed to waive the usual $450 fee for use of the hall. The event will be sponsored by the Marblehead Museum and Historical Society. After all, this film, which has already won critical acclaim across the country, is a tribute to the craftiness of Marbleheaders. Patriot, former governor and former vice president Elbridge Gerry is often painted as the originator of the practice of gerrymandering, which involves redrawing legislative district lines — often into bizarre shapes —to maximize the clout of your supporters....
  • Gerrymandering 101

    11/10/2010 4:14:58 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 25 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 10, 2010 | Pseudonym: Zombie
    Gerrymander: It’s a dirty word. Everyone knows it’s a political insult, but not everyone understands exactly what it means. And even many of those who know what gerrymandering is don’t fully grasp how it completely dominates American politics. Welcome to Gerrymandering 101. Pundits across the political spectrum are now noting that the 2010 Republican tsunami was bigger and more significant than it might appear on the surface, because the Republicans not only won a record number of federal races, they also utterly crushed the Democrats in local races, winning at least 675 seats in state legislatures. This spells doom for...
  • The New Black Panther Case: A Conservative Dissent (A Must Read)

    07/06/2010 3:24:38 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 39 replies
    National Review ^ | July 6, 2010 | Abigail Thernstrom
    Forget about the New Black Panther Party case; it is very small potatoes. Perhaps the Panthers should have been prosecuted under section 11 (b) of the Voting Rights Act for their actions of November 2008, but the legal standards that must be met to prove voter intimidation — the charge — are very high. -SNIP-   Get a grip, folks. The New Black Panther Party is a lunatic fringe group that is clearly into racial theater of minor importance. It may dream of a large-scale effort to suppress voting — like the Socialist Workers Party dreams of a national campaign...
  • *PBS's Erbe: Dems Must 'Gerrymander Away', Politicize Upcoming Census*

    03/04/2009 1:54:19 AM PST · by Cyropaedia · 9 replies · 606+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 3, 2009 | Ken Shepherd
    PBS's Erbe: Dems Must 'Gerrymander Away', Politicize Upcoming CensusTaxpayer-subsidized journalist Bonnie Erbe has some advice for Democrats: use the 2010 Census and subsequent redistricting to your maximum advantage to gerrymander and "gender-mander" the Congress chock full of left-wing constituencies. Writes the PBS "To the Contrary" host on a March 3 post at her Jefferson Street blog at US News & World Report (emphasis mine):Depoliticize the Census? Surely they jest! Taking politics out of the Census is like taking milk out of the cow or coal out of Newcastle or diamonds out of Tiffany. Politics is the lifeblood of the Census—without...
  • Perfecting The Theft Of Elections

    02/10/2009 6:22:53 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 9 replies · 865+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | February 10, 2009 | Bob Parks
    Democrat elections, Deception, Voter fraud, and now an outright power grabs Imagine an Obama White House where they could be in charge of the numbers. What numbers, you ask? For example, the population numbers that, among other things, determine how many congressional seats are allocated and to whom. So now it’s been announced that the White House will oversee the Census. Of course, the president has ultimate authority over cabinet officers (that’s the unitary presidency theory that Democrats hated up to but not beyond January 20), and I am not prepared to charge that Rahm Emanuel or anyone else in...
  • Technology, not Politicians

    12/23/2008 8:47:58 PM PST · by manateelibertarian · 6 replies · 269+ views
    Manatee Libertarian ^ | 2008-12-23 | Char-Lez Braden
    Recently I was listening to a political talk show on the radio and the speaker was talking about the evils of gerrymandering congressional districts. I had to laugh a bit because he was attempting to assert that only the GOP does this, and that the DNC was completely innocent of such shenanigans. Lets forget who is at fault for a moment, and focus on the solutions. It should not surprise you that some very elegant solutions exist, technical solutions. Upon investigating this issue one discovers that technology is not the problem, but politicians are. The root problem is that neither...
  • Prop. 11 to shape districts

    11/11/2008 11:31:01 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies · 198+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Tuesday, November 11, 2008. | JAMES RUFUS KOREN
    One looks like a Tyrannosaurus Rex. One is called the "Ribbon of Shame." Some have arms. Some have fingers. Many seem to defy logic. They're California's state Assembly and Senate - but not Congressional - districts, and they will change after the next Census. That's not new, of course. Districts change every 10 years. But because of Proposition 11, which passed narrowly last week, the new legislative districts that will take effect for the 2012 elections will be drawn by an independent commission, rather than by state lawmakers. That could have big implications for the state's balance of power in...
  • New Mexico Lawmaker Floats Re-redistricting Wilson Seat [Heather Wilson being redistricted out]

    12/16/2006 9:28:43 AM PST · by Alter Kaker · 85 replies · 1,752+ views
    Roll Call ^ | 12/14/06 | Josh Kurtz
    New Mexico Democrats, frustrated by their inability to defeat Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.), now are openly talking about redrawing the state’s Congressional district boundaries prior to the 2008 elections.
  • CA: Badda bing! Perfect record for partisan politics

    11/26/2006 10:00:48 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 420+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 11/26/06 | Editorial
    One hundred seats in the California Assembly and Senate were up for grabs on Nov. 7. Not a single one changed party hands. Conceivably, you might think, there'd be one seat that would switch from a Democrat to a Republican, or visa versa. But no. Nada. Not a single seat. The same inertia was seen in the 2004 elections. No seats changed party hands. Until last week, there was a faint chance that Republican Lynn Dauscher would buck the trend and defeat Democrat Lou Correa in the 34th Senate District, a seat vacated by a termed-out Democrat. But Correa's lead...
  • Gerrymander keeps pressure off California politicians

    02/25/2006 8:39:13 PM PST · by Amerigomag · 9 replies · 362+ views
    SHNS ^ | 02-24-06 | JIM BOREN
    Back before the politicians devised a legal way to fix elections, congressional races kept most people interested in politics. It was a time when an election meant something, and incumbents stayed in office only if they earned re-election. That's how Democrat Cal Dooley and Republican George Radanovich got elected to Congress. Both knocked off veteran House members. But that scenario has little chance of playing out today because of a redistricting system in California that protects incumbents in ways that are offensive in a democracy. The only time a congressional seat changes hands now is when an incumbent voluntarily steps...