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  • Should convicted former House speaker get his pension back? [MA; Finneran]

    12/04/2016 10:19:35 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2016 12:33 AM EST | Denise Lavoie
    The highest court in Massachusetts is set to hear arguments in a long-running legal battle over whether former House speaker Thomas Finneran should be able to collect his $34,000 annual pension despite his conviction on an obstruction of justice charge. Finneran’s fall from grace began in 2003 when he lied about his role in a legislative redistricting plan. …
  • Supreme Court rules in redistricting case: Illegal immigrants, other non-citizens can be counted

    04/04/2016 8:45:59 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 102 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 4, 2016 | Stephan Dinan
    A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that illegal immigrants and other non-citizens can be counted when states draw their legislative districts, shooting down a challenge by Texas residents who said their own voting power was being diluted. The ruling does not grant non-citizens power to vote, but says the principle of “one person, one vote” doesn’t require localities to only count those who are actually eligible to vote. Justice Ruth Baden Ginsburg, writing for the court, said even though only eligible voters are supposed to cast ballots, elected officials represent all people within their districts, and it is that act...
  • Strip the Courts of Power over Redistricting

    03/21/2016 7:48:53 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 4 replies
    Connservative Review ^ | 21 Mar, 2016 | Daniel Horowitz
    Earlier today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Virginia redistricting case on appeal from a lower court decision to completely redraw the map in the middle of an election. Once again, the most important political questions of our time are all decided by the unelected branch of government – the one that was to have “neither force nor will.” The practice of gerrymandering, drawing congressional district boundaries to benefit those in power, is as old as it is unfair. After all, this odious practice was named after one of its earliest practitioners, Elbridge Gerry, one of the top...
  • Arizona Hispanics worried over Texas redistricting case

    12/09/2015 12:18:56 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | December 9, 2015 | HOWARD FISCHER
    WASHINGTON -- A separate redistricting case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday has a Hispanic congressmen worried it could lead to giving the majority Anglo population a new tool to maintain political control despite changing demographics. The case challenges the practice in Texas to use census population to divide up the state into different legislative districts. That system, the same as used in Arizona, is based on a head count done every decade by the U.S. Census. But challengers contend that's not fair, as population does not equate with ability to vote. So they are asking the justices to...
  • The Dark Money Behind Florida Redistricting Plaintiffs' Extraordinary Coup

    10/23/2015 5:39:28 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 7 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | Oct 23, 2015 | Nancy Smith
    Doesn't anyone else think it's time the public found out who funded the coalition of groups suing the Legislature over its redistricting maps? Who paid plaintiff attorney David King?God knows, it wasn't the League of Women Voters of Florida. So, how does a group with such a tiny budget wrangle a team of high-priced, Gucci-shoed lawyers, arguing every one of the redistricting lawsuits in court?
  • Make Redistricting Better By Making It Color-Blind

    10/21/2015 9:23:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | October 21, 2015 | Jeff Jacoby
    HILLARY CLINTON played the race card in Alabama last week, telling Democrats that plans to close 31 underused satellite offices of the state's Department of Motor Vehicles are evidence of Republican racism. The closings were compelled by spending cuts enacted by a GOP-majority legislature facing a budget crisis, but Clinton slammed it as "a blast from the Jim Crow past," since most of the branch offices are in predominantly black rural towns and Alabamans have to show photo identification when they vote. "Fifty years after Rosa Parks sat and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched and John Lewis bled," Clinton...
  • Florida Redistricting

    10/19/2015 6:40:36 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 21 replies
    The Florida House and Senate meet today to discuss redistricting. Maps of proposed districts and other documents available:
  • Judge's ruling upends Florida's political landscape

    10/10/2015 8:55:16 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 55 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | October 10, 2015 | Gary Fineout
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The political careers of several members of Congress — including a Republican seeking to become the next U.S. House speaker — could come to an abrupt halt under a sweeping overhaul of Florida's electoral map. Florida Circuit Judge Terry Lewis on Friday recommended new boundaries for the state's 27 congressional districts, some of which would make it nearly impossible for U.S. Rep. Dan Webster — one of the hard-line conservatives who pushed John Boehner to resign as speaker and then turned on Boehner's No. 2, Kevin McCarthy — to win re-election from his current central Florida...
  • House OKs congressional redistricting plan (Florida)

    08/31/2015 9:19:52 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 9 replies
    A plan to redraw Florida's 27 congressional districts overwhelmingly passed the state House on Tuesday, inching closer to a potential faceoff with the Senate. The map approved would require major changes to several districts, including U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown's 5th Congressional District. Brown has filed a federal lawsuit to overturn the state court's decision to redraw the districts. Brown said it's not about her, but about black voters being able to elect someone to represent them.
  • Democratic governors focus on congressional redistricting

    08/04/2015 3:54:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 4, 2015 6:27 PM EDT | Alan Suderman
    The Democratic Governors Association is looking to give its members a greater say in drawing congressional boundaries during the 2020 redistricting process. The group announced Tuesday that Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock would lead fundraising and other efforts in a new initiative aimed at helping Democrats in 18 targeted states. McAuliffe, a major fundraiser who is close friends with Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton, said the initiative “is about ensuring more Democratic governors can be at the table in 2020 to prevent the kind of far-right gerrymandering we saw in 2010.” …
  • Democrats sue state election officials over 2011 redistricting

    07/08/2015 11:28:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7-8-15 | Patrick Marley & Meg Jones
    A group of Democrats sued state election officials Wednesday over election maps Republicans drew in 2011 that helped give them a firm grip on the Legislature. The lawsuit comes two years after a panel of three federal judges in separate litigation redrew two Assembly districts and blasted GOP lawmakers for drawing the maps in secret. That panel found the two districts on Milwaukee's south side violated the voting rights of Latinos, but it upheld all the other legislative maps, allowing Republicans to keep their advantage in elections. The new lawsuit seeks to change that by arguing the maps are so...
  • Supreme Court Upholds Creation of Arizona Redistricting Commission

    06/29/2015 8:21:22 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 27 replies
    NYT ^ | 07/29/2015 | Adam Liptak
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Arizona’s voters were entitled to try to make the process of drawing congressional district lines less partisan. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the majority opinion in the 5-to-4 decision. She was joined by Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. The case, Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, No. 13-1314, concerned an independent commission created by Arizona voters in 2000. About a dozen states have experimented with redistricting commissions that have varying degrees of independence from the state legislatures, which ordinarily draw election maps. Arizona’s commission is most...
  • Supreme Court to Hear Texas Senate Districts Case

    05/26/2015 7:52:50 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 11 replies
    ABC News ^ | 05/26/2015 | Mark Sherman
    The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear an important case about whether states must count only those who are eligible to vote, rather than the total population, when drawing electoral districts for their legislatures. The case from Texas could be significant for states with large immigrant populations, including Latinos who are children or not citizens. The plaintiffs claim that redrawing electoral districts based on the population of citizens and non-citizens alike violates the constitutional requirement of one person, one vote. The challengers claim that taking account of total population can lead to vast differences in the number of voters in...
  • LOL: Lizz Winstead Blames Wendy Davis Defeat on . . . 'Redistricting'

    10/31/2014 12:49:01 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 47 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    As the co-founder of the Daily Show, Lizz Winstead might be a funny lady. But what she came up with today was surely an unintentional laugh line. Appearing on Joy Reid's MSNBC show this afternoon, Winstead blamed Wendy Davis' impending thrashing in her race for Governor of Texas on . . . "redistricting." Lizz, last time we looked, there is no districting—"re" or otherwise—when it comes to statewide races. The entire state is one big district that gets to vote for Governor. Oh, and for good measure, Lizz laid the rest of the blame on "the media." Right. In a...
  • Virginia’s black-majority district map rejected

    10/08/2014 12:20:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 7, 2014 6:57 PM EDT | Larry O’Dell
    Virginia legislators packed too many black voters into one congressional district in order to make adjacent districts safer for Republican incumbents, a federal court ruled Tuesday. The 2-1 ruling by a panel of judges left the state’s congressional districts intact for November’s elections but ordered the General Assembly to draw new boundaries by April 1 next year correcting the flawed 2012 redistricting plan. […] With Democratic-backing, two voters from the 3rd District filed a lawsuit challenging the district map. The plaintiffs claimed that the lawmakers who drew it could have shifted a large number of black voters from (Bobby) Scott’s...
  • Tom DeLay Conviction Overturned By Texas Appellate Court (Tom DeLay for Speaker)

    06/10/2014 7:01:36 PM PDT · by Eccl 10:2 · 100 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 09/19/2013 10:53 am EDT
    A Texas court ruled Thursday to overturn the conviction of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), who was found guilty of money laundering in 2010. According to KHOU 11 and the Associated Press, the Third Court of Appeals in Austin said the case's evidence was "legally insufficient to sustain DeLay's convictions," formally acquitting the former congressman on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
  • Supreme Court to hear Alabama redistricting challenge

    06/02/2014 9:44:25 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 10 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | 06/02/2014
    The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider a challenge from Alabama Democrats who say a Republican-drawn legislative map intentionally packs black Democrats into a few voting districts, giving them too little influence in the Legislature. The justices agreed to hear a pair of appeals from the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus and other Democratic lawmakers who contend the new map created in 2012 illegally limits black voting strength and makes it harder to elect Democrats outside the majority-black districts. A panel of three federal judges had ruled 2-1 last year that the new districts were not discriminatory and did not...
  • GOP redistricting skills may hurt immigration push

    07/09/2013 6:16:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 9, 2013 3:19 PM EDT | Charles Babington
    Republicans’ knack for congressional redistricting helps them control the U.S. House, but it may be working against them on immigration changes that national GOP leaders see as critical to the next presidential election. House Republicans generally represent far fewer Hispanics than Democrats do. And that leaves many GOP members representing white conservatives, many of whom oppose a path to citizenship for immigrants living here illegally. The combination poses a high hurdle for passage of a comprehensive immigration overhaul in the Republican-controlled House. The Senate has passed such a measure, which includes an eventual pathway to citizenship, accompanied by greater border...
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson: ‘We’ve bled too much’

    06/25/2013 6:24:04 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 37 replies ^ | June 25, 2013 | BREANNA EDWARDS
    Rev. Jesse Jackson slammed the Supreme Court’s decision on the Voting Rights Act saying that civil rights activists have “bled too much” to be “stabbed in the heart” this way. “The right to vote is too precious. We’ve bled too much, we’ve died too young, the price has been too great to now watch it be stabbed in the heart by the Supreme Court today,” the civil rights leader told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Tuesday. Jackson urged President Obama to use his executive power to convene Congress and make a case to set the record straight on the court’s ruling...
  • Kentucky House Democrats Pass New Redistricting Maps Over GOP Protests

    03/07/2013 9:18:39 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 20 replies
    AP via WKU-FM ^ | 3/7/2013 | AP wire
    Democratic leaders in the Kentucky House won passage Wednesday of a legislative redistricting plan that could strengthen their majority by forcing 11 Republicans to run against each other next year. The Democratic-controlled House voted 53-46 along party lines for the measure, which now moves to the GOP-led Senate, where it faces an uncertain future. House Republicans made emotional pleas not to pass the legislation, saying it was born out of "purely partisan politics." "Nobody did it to be punitive to anybody in this chamber; I can assure you of that," House Speaker Greg Stumbo said in his pitch for the...
  • Friend versus friend: House Republicans brace for running against colleagues

    03/05/2013 8:42:20 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    CN|2 Pure Politics ^ | 3/5/2013 | Nick Storm
    Given the political nature of redistricting, House Republicans were frustrated but not surprised when they found out Tuesday that a dozen of them would have to fight against another sitting lawmaker to return in 2015. The House Democratic majority drew six districts that pitted incumbent Republicans against another incumbent. In all but one of them, it places two Republicans against each other potentially in a primary. (However, state law requires a state House candidate to live in the district for one year before the election, which would give some of them time to move to another district before the 2014...
  • Sudden Redistricting Vote Surprises Virginia Democrats

    01/22/2013 6:56:55 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Newsplex ^ | 1/22/13
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A day after Virginia Senate Republicans staged a surprise reapportionment of all 40 Senate districts, it was met by ominous warnings from Democrats and nervous dismay by the state's Republican governor and House Republicans. On a party-line power play Monday, the Senate's 20 Republicans struck with one of the 20 Senate Democrats absent and abruptly amended a House bill that previously made minor technical adjustments to House districts. Sen. John Watkins' amendment - never vetted by a committee - adds a sixth majority-black district but substantially strengthens the number of GOP districts.
  • [AZ] IRC seeks exemption from legal review [Redistricting Map]

    12/27/2012 5:40:11 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 3 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | December 27, 2012 | Howard Fisher
    PHOENIX -- Members of the Independent Redistricting Commission want a federal court to block them from being questioned about the legislative maps they drew. In legal papers filed in U.S. District Court, attorneys for the five commissioners said their actions are protected by "legislative privilege," a legal concept that generally prevents lawmakers from being questioned or sued about how they reached a decision. And they want a three-judge panel hearing the case to preclude lawyers for the challengers, from being allowed to ask them about it in pretrial depositions. But Joe Kanefield, one of the commission's attorneys, said this is...
  • California Republicans say McCarthy endorsed gerrymandering that lost them 4 seats

    11/20/2012 7:46:18 AM PST · by old school · 43 replies
    Human Events ^ | 11/19/2012 | John Gizzi
    “Kevin McCarthy was a staunch defender of these new lines, reassuring everyone that Republicans would fare just fine under them,” said Jon Fleischman of the Flash Report, the much-read online newsletter on California politics. “Clearly, this turned out not to be the case– although he was easily re-elected to the safe seat drawn for him. Had he drawn a competitive district, I wonder if he would have been so enthusiastic about the lines he helped stopped others from trying to stop.”
  • Democrats reach across aisle to oppose Maryland redistricting

    10/15/2012 5:53:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 14, 2012 | David Hill
    Maryland Republicans are driving efforts to overturn the state’s newly drawn congressional map in a referendum next month, but they are joined by a number of Democrats who say their own party has gone too far in crafting districts for political gain. Numerous Montgomery County Democrats are scheduled to hold a news conference Monday in Rockville during which they are expected to urge a “no” vote on ballot Question 5, which would reject the district map drawn last year by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley and approved by the General Assembly. Critics have accused the map’s makers of lumping disparate communities...

    10/13/2012 4:13:11 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    Big Government ^ | October 13, 2012
    In 2010, GOP candidates for federal office had a banner year in Illinois. The GOP picked up 4 House seats and a U.S. Senate seat in President Obama's adopted home-state. State party GOP candidates, fared less well, however. The state party picked up a handful of legislative seats and lost the Governor's office to Democrat Pat Quinn, Rod Blagojevich's former running-mate. As a result, Democrats controlled all levers for last year's redistricting process. They vowed to use it to reverse the GOP gains in the U.S. House. It isn't working out as planned. Years of Democrat control have taken a...
  • 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.
  • Tom on the California 2012 Propositions (McClintock recommendations)

    09/24/2012 12:28:54 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 49 replies ^ | 20 September 2012 | Tom McClintock
    Prop 30: Your Wallet or Your Kids. NO Either approve $36 billion in higher sales and income taxes or else Gov. Brown threatens to shoot the schools. Don't worry, the income taxes are only on the "very wealthy," but it turns out the "very wealthy" include many small businesses filing under sub-chapter S, meaning lower wages, higher prices and fewer jobs. California already has one of the highest overall tax burdens in the country and yet has just approved a budget to spend $8 billion dollars more than it's taking in. Moral of the story: it's the spending stupid. Prop...
  • Federal court rejects voting districts drawn by Texas Legislature, finds maps discriminatory

    08/28/2012 1:01:40 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 28, 2012 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal court rejects voting districts drawn by Texas Legislature, finds maps discriminatory.
  • Md. court rejects lawsuit challenging redistricting referendum

    08/19/2012 5:41:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 17, 2012 | David Hill
    Maryland’s highest court rejected an appeal Friday by state Democrats who were hoping to block a referendum on the state’s new congressional map. The Maryland Court of Appeals filed an order upholding the state Board of Elections‘ decision to hold a November referendum on the map after it received signatures from more than 59,000 registered voters hoping to get it put on the ballot. The Maryland Democratic Party sued the board this summer, alleging that it erroneously validated thousands of signatures that were collected using the website Read more: Md. court rejects lawsuit challenging redistricting referendum - Washington Times
  • California: November 2012 Statewide Ballot Measures

    07/09/2012 7:07:43 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 22 replies
    November 2012 Statewide Ballot Measures Proposition 30 Initiative Constitutional Amendment 1578. (12-0009) - Final Random Sample Update - 06/20/12 Temporary Taxes to Fund Education. Guaranteed Local Public Safety Funding. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. Qualified: 06/20/12 Proponent: Thomas A. Willis c/o Karen Getman (510) 346-6200 Increases personal income tax on annual earnings over $250,000 for seven years. Increases sales and use tax by Ľ cent for four years. Allocates temporary tax revenues 89 percent to K-12 schools and 11 percent to community colleges. Bars use of funds for administrative costs, but provides local school governing boards discretion to decide, in open meetings...
  • COMMENTARY: All that for nothing

    07/03/2012 6:44:18 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 7-2-12 | Kevin Binversie
    What do you make of an attorney who gets 98.6 percent of everything he wants in a lawsuit — and then sues again to get that last 1.4 percent? What if I tell you that, months after filing the appeal, the attorney drops the lawsuit — and sticks his client with the bill? “Wasted effort” comes to mind. “Wasted taxpayer dollars” does as well. That is exactly what Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen did after he made a big deal about appealing a decision, in which a panel of federal judges for the U.S. District Court for Wisconsin’s Eastern...
  • Same-sex marriage question will be on Maryland ballot

    06/08/2012 10:08:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 7, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Organizers of a petition against Maryland’s same-sex marriage law have collected enough valid voter signatures to send the law to a November referendum, state election officials said Thursday. The state Board of Elections announced that local elections boards have verified 70,039 signatures on the petition to force a statewide vote on the law — exceeding the 55,736 signatures that were required to be turned in by June 30. The Maryland Marriage Alliance has led the petition effort against the law, which was passed in February by the General Assembly. The group says it submitted more than 122,000 signatures...
  • Redistricting process draws to a close as last state gets its map

    06/08/2012 1:43:34 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 8, 2012 | By Josh Lederman
    A federal court imposed a new congressional map for Kansas on Friday, bringing the national once-per-decade process to redraw political lines to a close. ... Republicans and Democrats have squabbled over which party more effectively shored up their members and opened up new pickup opportunities through redistricting, but most observers have said that redistricting on a national level was essentially a wash.
  • Redistricting Wars: The hidden story of the 2012 elections

    05/24/2012 1:00:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2012 | Steven Malanga
    Every ten years, after the U.S. Census releases its latest population reports, most of the 50 states begin the complicated process of drawing new election districts. As you might expect, partisan bickering and maneuvering inevitably distort things. So a decade ago, Arizona voters decided to end the partisanship by removing the redistricting process from the state legislature and placing it in the hands of an independent commission. Last year, the new commission, consisting of two Democrats, two Republicans, and a nonpartisan chair, got to work on its first set of maps after the 2010 census. Unfortunately, the results were...
  • Maryland GOP gives voters the last word

    05/08/2012 9:11:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 7, 2012 | David Hill
    When Marylanders go to the polls in November, the most interesting races might not involve political candidates. The state’s voters will elect eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives and one U.S. senator, and will help choose a president, but an unprecedented slate of ballot initiatives is expected to set the state’s course on social issues, including same-sex marriage and illegal immigration, and potentially on gambling and congressional redistricting. This will be the first time in 20 years that a voter-petitioned referendum makes the state’s ballot, and as many as three could appear. All were initiated by Republicans who...
  • Displaced Wisconsin Dems want to Elbow Their Way into Minority Districts

    04/22/2012 4:54:26 PM PDT · by sgtyork · 15 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | 4/19/2012 | Brian Sikma
    With Wisconsin’s new legislative district maps nearly finalized, up to four incumbent Democrat lawmakers are preparing to move into newly redrawn majority-minority districts to insure they can retain their power in the state capitol. Mapmakers have updated or created several districts in the cities of Milwaukee and Racine that contain majority populations of minority ethnic and racial groups. The Federal Voting Rights Act requires states to insure that minorities have proportional representation in state legislative bodies. Compliance with this mandate means states must create legislative districts where the majority demographic is comprised of racial minorities. Democrat lawmakers Rep. Cory Mason...

    03/22/2012 12:28:38 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 14 replies · 1+ views
    MacIver Institute/Facebook ^ | 3/22/2012 | JB Van Hollen
    MADISON — This morning, the three-judge panel from the Eastern District of Wisconsin (Diane P. Wood, Justice-Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, J.P. Stadtmueller, District Court Judge-Eastern District of Wisconsin, and Robert M. Dow, Jr., District Court Judge-Northern District of Illinois) issued its decision in Baldus, et al. v. Brennan, et al., Case No. 11 CV 562, and Voces de la Frontera, Inc. et al. v. Brennan, Case No. 11 CV 1011, which involved challenges to 2011 Wisconsin Acts 43 and 44. Act 44 established the congressional districts within the State of Wisconsin based on 2010 census data and Act 43...
  • DOJ clears Virginia's redrawn congressional districts

    03/15/2012 7:20:55 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 3 replies
    COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA Office of the Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II Attorney General 900 East Main Street Richmond, Virginia 23219 804-786-2071 FAX 804-786-1991 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Brian Gottstein, Director of Communication (best contact method) 804-786-5874 US Justice Department clears Virginia's redrawn congressional districts - Congressional primaries can proceed on time in June - RICHMOND (March 14, 2012) -- Today, the United States Department of Justice informed the office of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli that it had no objection to Virginia's newly redrawn congressional districts, which were drawn by the General Assembly earlier this year. Virginia is one...
  • Redistricting, top-two primary change California's election game

    03/09/2012 8:10:28 AM PST · by SmithL · 16 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/9/12 | Dan Walters
    California's most noteworthy congressional race this year is the high-dollar shootout between Democratic Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. Berman and Sherman were thrown together in the 30th Congressional District when the independent redistricting commission drew new maps for the state's 53 congressional districts. The two rivals have spent a collective 45 years in Congress and are spending millions of dollars in their duel for political survival, with policy on Israel and Iran potent issues in the heavily Jewish district. It could even be a year-long struggle. Democrats have a 2-to-1...
  • The Great Texas Redistricting Nonsense Has Been Resolved

    03/04/2012 10:44:10 PM PST · by RitaOK · 14 replies ^ | March 4, 2012 | Moe Lane
    A San Antonio court threw out the old maps, and put in redrawn ones that just happen to heavily favor the Democrats;and then the Supreme Court reached down from DC and mightily spanked the San Antonio court for that (although a 9-0 reversal is perversely impressive).
  • 18-term Rep. Norm Dicks says he will not seek re-election

    03/02/2012 3:41:01 PM PST · by Baynative · 42 replies
    KOMOnews ^ | 3/2/12 | Twitter staff (whatever that is)
    WASHINGTON - Democratic Rep. Norm Dicks, a former UW football player who cast a giant presence over state and national politics for decades, announced Friday he'll retire at the end of the year after 18 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • David Dreier (R-San Dimas) announces he will not seek reelection. (Rules committee chairman)

    02/29/2012 3:01:53 PM PST · by Smogger · 30 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Bulletin ^ | 02/29/2012 | Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
    Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas, announced today he will not seek reelection The rules committee chairman made the announcement on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. "Mr. Speaker, I have chosen to leave Congress at the end of this term," Dreier said. "I take the unusual step of announcing this from the floor of Congress for two reasons. First, this is where my fellow Californians sent me to represent them. Second, I am a proud institutionalist, and I believe that this institution is as great as it has ever been." Dreier currently represents the 26th District, which has...
  • Court releases new set of redistricting maps

    02/28/2012 7:09:48 PM PST · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    Houston Chronicler ^ | February 28, 2012 | By Nolan Hicks
    After a months-long set of legal battles spanning three courtrooms in two cities, Texas may finally have a set of interim redistricting maps that could keep the primary election on May 29. The new maps, released by the San Antonio federal court today, appear to be nearly identical to the compromise maps negotiated between Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and the Latino Redistricting Task Force, which were rejected by other minority and Democratic groups.
  • Week in review: WI redistricting on trial, recall decision on hold

    02/25/2012 11:27:42 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 2-24-12 | Kirsten Adshead
    MADISON — A new poll highlighted potential problems for Democrats and Republicans this year in Wisconsin, according to one political expert. Around the state, the state Senate recall elections process is on hold, a federal lawsuit against the GOP-drawn redistricting maps proceeded, and a flurry of bills have moved through the Legislature as the scheduled end to the spring session approaches. Survey says … Former Gov. Tommy Thompson bests U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin in a head-to-head matchup between the two candidates, who are vying to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl, according to a new poll of Wisconsin voters by...
  • Judicial panel says GOP should consider new election maps

    02/22/2012 4:56:21 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies · 1+ views
    JS Online ^ | 2-21-12 | Patrick Marley
    Lawmakers say they lack power to change them Republican lawmakers said Tuesday that they think they have no power to make changes to election maps they approved last summer, inserting new questions into fast-changing litigation over those maps. A trial over those maps began with a surprise Tuesday, when the presiding judge told the attorneys to confer with top legislative leaders and others to consider redrawing the maps taking into account legal challenges from Democrats and Latinos. After a day of consultation, an attorney for the state told the three federal judges that top Republicans were willing to consider making...
  • Redistricting California Style – Bad Idea Gone Bad (Part 2)

    02/20/2012 4:55:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | February 20, 2012 | Bruce Bialosky
    This is the second of a three-part series on the redistricting process that was dictated by a Proposition voted by the residents of California to take the politics out of the process.Republicans believe that they were hoodwinked by the Democrats in the new redistricting process in California – principally because the Republicans played by the rules specified in the initiative. What they obviously didn’t understand was that the process itself – specifically, how the commission’s members were selected – undermined the Republicans from the outset. The first problem facing the Republicans was finding people willing to sit on the commission,...
  • Federal judges slam GOP lawmakers over redistricting secrecy

    02/17/2012 6:29:03 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    JS Online ^ | 2-17-12 | Patrick Marley
    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...
  • Court approves U.S. House map (CT) -- and map maker's fee

    02/10/2012 4:32:12 PM PST · by matt04 · 1 replies
    The Connecticut Supreme Court today adopted a congressional redistricting plan that makes minimal changes in the state's five U.S. House districts, and it ordered the legislature to pay the court-appointed special master who produced it a fee of $36,400. The only news was the fee charged by Nathaniel Persily, the Columbia law professor chosen as special master in December after legislators failed to draw new districts. He precisely followed the court's instructions in producing the new map, leaving no doubt as to the court's acceptance. "The Supreme Court's adoption of the congressional reapportionment plan comes as no surprise, given the...
  • Redistricting fuels high N.C. political turnover (RATS dropping like flies - Hussein coattails?)

    02/09/2012 4:33:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 2/09/12 | Jim Morrill
    Redistricting fuels high N.C. political turnoverU.S. Rep. Watt said he's also considering whether to retire By Jim Morrill Modified: Thursday, Feb. 09, 2012 One governor. Three members of Congress. Thirty state lawmakers. And counting. That's how many North Carolina elected officials have announced they're not running for re-election. Before candidate filing ends Feb. 29, there are certain to be more in what's shaping up to be a year of historic change. Democratic Rep. Mel Watt said Wednesday that he's considering retiring after 20 years in the 12th District - a day after Republican U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick said she won't...