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  • A Census That Divides and ‘Nudges’ (Trump should reject proposal)

    03/13/2017 11:13:47 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | March 12 2017 | Mike Gonzalez‏
    In its waning days the Obama administration proposed two new wrinkles for the 2020 census: creating a brand new pan-ethnic category for people of Middle Eastern heritage and classifying Hispanics as a race.
  • Supreme Court renders split decision on Va. redistricting case

    03/01/2017 8:14:23 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 7 replies
    WTOP News ^ | March 1, 2017 10:52 am | Max Smith | @amaxsmith
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court sent parts of a race-based challenge to Virginia’s state House districts back to a lower court for further review Wednesday, while upholding the lower court panel’s findings that one majority black district was legally drawn. In an 8-0 decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court found a three-judge District Court panel followed an incorrect legal standard in its analysis of 11 of the 12 districts challenged in the case. The lower court had required those challenging the districts to show an actual conflict between the plan that was adopted following the 2010...
  • They misspelled Demoncratic

    02/25/2017 2:28:58 PM PST · by antidemoncrat · 6 replies
    Fow News Politics ^ | 2/25/2017 | Joseph Weber
    Joseph Weber By Joseph Weber Published February 25, 2017 Facebook Twitter livefyre Email Print Now Playing Spicer sparks uproar by excluding some media from briefing Former President Obama and other top Democrats are focusing efforts on state-level races and ending the reconfiguring of voting districts through the politically-laden process known as gerrymandering -- a combined effort to end “Trump-ism” and help their party regain control of Congress and legislatures across the country. Obama indicated before leaving the White House last fall that his short-term, post-presidency focus will be on General Assembly races and redistricting after the 2020 Census.
  • Federal court orders Wisconsin Legislature to redraw maps

    01/30/2017 9:28:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    AP via WITI, Fox 6, Milwaukee ^ | 12:42 PM, January 27, 2017
    A panel of federal judges has ordered the Wisconsin Legislature to redraw legislative boundaries by November, rejecting calls from those challenging the maps to have the judges do the work. The three-judge panel released its decision in the redistricting case Friday. The state is expected to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case. State attorneys had asked for the Republican-controlled Legislature to be allowed to draw the maps if the Supreme Court orders them redone. Democrats who sued over the boundaries wanted the judges to do that. …
  • North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy

    12/23/2016 11:48:39 AM PST · by RKV · 66 replies
    News and Observer ^ | 22 December 2016 | Andrew Reynolds
    In the just released EIP report, North Carolina’s overall electoral integrity score of 58/100 for the 2016 election places us alongside authoritarian states and pseudo-democracies like Cuba, Indonesia and Sierra Leone. If it were a nation state, North Carolina would rank right in the middle of the global league table – a deeply flawed, partly free democracy that is only slightly ahead of the failed democracies that constitute much of the developing world.
  • Maryland Gerrymandering Case Against Dems Moves Forwards

    08/26/2016 6:41:52 AM PDT · by Taipei · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 25, 2016 | Jason Hopkins
    Gerrymandering is something Democrats usually whine about. It’s easy for them to do with Republicans controlling an unprecedented amount of state legislatures and gubernatorial seats in modern history – these entities deciding how congressional districts are drawn after the U.S. census is completed every ten years. However, there are undoubtedly cases of gerrymandering taking place in Democrat-controlled states. Maryland is one such example and a law school student has taken their antics to court. Steve Shapiro, an American University student, has challenged the districts drawn by former Governor Martin O’Malley and the blue legislature on first amendment grounds. The case...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • CONFESSION: Liberals Admit CO House Gerrymandered to Favor Dems

    03/24/2015 7:35:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | March 23, 2015
    After last election cycle, when Colorado House Republicans received 189,000 more votes than House Democrats, we began to highlight how grossly gerrymandered the statehouse has become. Now, even the liberals at the Daily Kos blog are acknowledging that the Colorado House is the Democrats’ “best chamber” in the entire nation. It favors Democrats even more than California’s general assembly. The reapportionment process is obviously deeply flawed ... Democrat obstructionists in the House should be careful. While they may think they’re the party of the people, they’re not actually representing the majority of people who voted in the last election. And...
  • Perspective: The roots of rage

    01/09/2015 8:13:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times / The Washington Post ^ | November 28, 2014 | Professor Carol Anderson
    When we look back on what happened in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014, it will be easy to think of it as yet one more episode of black rage ignited by yet another police killing of an unarmed African-American male. But that has it precisely backward. What we've actually seen is the latest outbreak of white rage. Sure, it is cloaked in the niceties of law and order, but it is rage nonetheless. Protests and looting naturally capture attention. But the real rage smolders in meetings where officials redraw precincts to dilute African-American voting strength or seek to slash the government...
  • GOP Leaders Say They Won't Appeal Ruling That Found Florida Congressional Map Unconstitutional

    07/15/2014 7:32:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    ABC ^ | 7/15/14
    GOP leaders say they won't appeal ruling that found Florida congressional map unconstitutional.
  • A Florida Judge Just Voided the State’s Congressional Districts. Here’s What You Need to Know

    07/12/2014 2:06:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 96 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 11 | Christopher Ingraham
    Last night a circuit court judge in Florida voided the state's congressional map, citing a "secret, organized campaign" by Republican operatives that "made a mockery of the Legislature's transparent and open process of redistricting." The ruling concluded that District 5, held by Democrat Corrine Brown, and District 10, held by Republican Dan Webster, will need to be redrawn. From a purely practical standpoint, this means redrawing any surrounding districts as well, and possibly many of the state's 27 districts overall. "If one or more districts do not meet constitutional muster, then the entire act is unconstitutional," Judge Terry Lewis wrote....
  • 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.
  • Rebutting a letter to editor

    09/16/2013 8:43:59 AM PDT · by a.c.t.32 · 7 replies
    Lansing State Journal | Sept. 15, 2013 | self
    I am writing a reply to a letter to the editor that appeared in the Lansing State Journal on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. In the 9/15 letter, the author cites "gerrymandering & vigilant denial of voter rights in some districts" as proof of Republicans' racist agenda. As I look at Congressional district maps, districts that appear gerrymandered (TX 15 & 28 NC 9 & 13), as I understand the word, appear to primarily favor democrats. Do you all think this is correct, or am I uninformed. I am unaware of proven cases of vigilant denial of voters rights. Does anyone...
  • 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...
  • Racial Tensions Flare at Queens Redistricting Hearing

    01/15/2013 3:12:05 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 4 replies
    Observer.Com ^ | 1/15/2013
    Unlike Teddy Roosevelt, the president he quoted at last night’s Queens redistricting hearing, Republican Councilman Dan Halloran spoke loudly and did not carry a big stick. Mr. Halloran’s bruising 2009 City Council race in northeast Queens cast a long shadow over the hearing in Long Island City- the third of its kind in front of a commission tasked with the decennial redrawing of districts to reflect demographic changes in the city- where he and allied civic groups clashed with Asian advocacy organizations about whether a neighborhood, Oakland Gardens, should be incorporated into Mr. Halloran’s 19th District. The heavily Asian neighborhood,...
  • Rep. Barney Frank’s claim about a should-be Democratic House majority

    11/14/2012 8:09:27 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 14, 2012 | Josh Hicks
    The 2012 election certainly didn’t end as planned for the GOP, which failed to win the presidency and lost seats in both chambers of Congress. Nonetheless, Republicans found a silver lining in the fact that they maintained control of the House, having won at least 233 seats as of Tuesday — 218 are needed for a majority. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) argued on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” that the election was a clean sweep for Democrats. He said the GOP wouldn’t have retained control of the House if it wasn’t for questionable redistricting by Republicans. The Brennan Center for Justice...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Steve Israel:: Cuomo, legislators lied to us, cut deal

    03/16/2012 4:13:32 PM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Times Herald-Record ^ | 03/16/12 | Steve Israel
    Governor Cuomo caved. Our lawmakers lied. After more than a year of fresh air in Albany — led by a governor who passed gay marriage, reformed ethics laws and capped property taxes — the state capitol again stinks. After midnight on Thursday, and behind closed doors, the proverbial three men in a room — Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos — cut a deal carving legislative election districts that virtually assures the lawmakers who approved it will be running things for years. Instead of forming an independent panel to create districts that actually represent the...
  • CALIFORNIA: Supreme Court validation of maps could give Democrats two-thirds Senate majority

    01/28/2012 9:10:10 AM PST · by SmithL · 42 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/28/12 | Jim Sanders
    A California Supreme Court ruling Friday significantly raised Democratic Party prospects of gaining the supermajority needed in the state Senate to pass tax or fee increases. The high court decided that Senate maps drawn recently by a 14-member citizens commission will be used for this year's legislative elections, even if a pending referendum qualifies for the ballot. The decision brought certainty for dozens of prospective Senate candidates awaiting final adoption of the maps as they begin their campaigns. And it offered the commission at least temporary validation that it performed its job as the voters intended. Political analysts of both...
  • California Democrats secretly influenced drawing of new political district boundaries

    12/22/2011 5:18:57 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 13 replies ^ | 12/21/2011 | Lisa Vorderbrueggen
    California's congressional Democrats ran a secret effort this year to manipulate the work of the independent citizens panel that drew the state's new political districts, foiling the intent of reformers who sought to remove the redistricting process from the control of party bosses. Democrats met behind closed doors at the party's Washington, D.C., headquarters, hired consultants, drew their ideal districts and presented maps to the panel through proxies who never disclosed their party ties or "public interest" groups created specifically for the purpose. In many cases, the panel responded by doing just what the Democrats wanted. The New York-based nonprofit...
  • 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,...
  • Why your vote for Congress might not matter (RATS don't like redistricting - this time)

    11/20/2011 1:52:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/18/11 | James Polk
    Why your vote for Congress might not matterBy James Polk, CNN updated 10:19 AM EST, Fri November 18, 2011 **SNIP** Gerrymandering is the term for the way politicians draw boundary lines for legislative districts in a way designed to keep one party or the other in power in that particular district. In the last 10 years, 78% of the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives -- almost four out of every five members of Congress -- did not change party hands even once. In California, with 53 seats -- the most in the nation -- incumbents were kept so...
  • Court will draw new Texan congressional map in boon to Democrats

    11/08/2011 4:55:23 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/08/2011 | Aaron Blake
    In a boost to Democrats’ chances of retaking the House next year, federal judges in Texas will draw a map for the state’s 2012 congressional races. A Washington, D.C., federal court on Tuesday declined to sign off on redistricting plan spearheaded by the state Republican Party. The D.C. court ruled that the Republican line-drawers “used an improper standard or methodology to determine which districts afford minority voters the ability to elect their preferred candidates of choice.” The decision means the issue is headed for a lengthy court battle, which, in turn, means the map won’t be ready in time for...
  • 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.
  • Howie Carr thread week of Oct. 23, 2011

    10/22/2011 9:27:09 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 4 replies ^ | 10/23/11 | raccoonradio
    Howie thread for the week starting with his Sunday Herald column
  • Maryland House approves redistricting map

    10/20/2011 8:08:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2011 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland House of Delegates on Wednesday approved a new congressional map expected to give Democrats a better shot at winning one of state Republicans’ two congressional seats, clearing a final hurdle for Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley’s stamp of approval. The Senate overwhelmingly approved the map on Tuesday, just two days into the General Assembly’s special session, held to consider the map submitted by Mr. O'Malley. Critics said it would split districts and slight minority voters to take the Western Maryland district held since 1993 by GOPRep. Roscoe G. Bartlett. Senate lawmakers must return to Annapolis on Thursday...
  • CALIFORNIA: New political boundaries released

    08/15/2011 3:12:41 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/15/11 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer
    For the first time in state history, an independent group of citizens has redrawn California's political districts, approving a set of maps this morning that are expected to help Democrats garner more power in the solidly blue state. The 14-member Citizens Redistricting Commission approved new district boundaries for the state Assembly, Senate and Board of Equalization on a 13-1 vote, with one Republican - Michael Ward of Anaheim - opposing the lines. Another Republican member, Jodie Filkins Webber of Norco, joined Weber to vote against the Congressional boundaries. In a written statement, Weber charged that the commission broke the law...
  • New Calif. political maps to favor Democrats

    07/29/2011 10:38:06 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 29, 2011 | JUDY LIN
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The citizens commission established by voters to create an independent process for drawing California's legislative and congressional districts has delivered on its first set of maps, voting to adopt new boundaries that appear to increase the reach of majority Democrats. The 14-member California Citizens Redistricting Commission voted Friday on final draft versions of district maps for Congress, the state Legislature and the state Board of Equalization, which administers sales and use taxes.
  • Congratulations Speaker Perez – But Watch Out For That Referendum

    07/14/2011 2:42:30 PM PDT · by americanophile · 2 replies
    Fox & Hounds Daily ^ | July 13th, 2011 | Tony Quinn
    Congratulations are in order to Assembly Speaker John Perez. The Redistricting Commission has now delivered the 54th seat necessary for Speaker Perez to achieve two-thirds Democratic rule in the Assembly, (an accomplishment the Democrats never achieved on their own). With a two-thirds vote, Perez and his friends can pass tax increases to their heart’s delight. They need not spend money trying to elect more Democratic members; the Redistricting Commission has done it for them. It is all a matter of having friends in high places. Their friends are not just the 14 commissioners, who feign ignorance of the partisan seats...
  • California redistricting could imperil GOP House seats

    06/28/2011 8:31:40 AM PDT · by SmithL · 32 replies
    AP via CoCo Times ^ | 6/28/11 | KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- Democrats hoping to regain the majority in the House in 2012 might get a strong head start in California, where voters have handed the authority for drawing political boundaries to an independent citizens' commission. Analysts studying the panel's work are predicting that three to five seats now in Republican hands will move into the Democratic camp in next year's general election. Such a swing could give Democrats an edge toward the magic number 24 -- the number of GOP-held seats they'll need to win if they are to regain the House majority. Republicans account for roughly 31 percent...
  • Hundreds turn out to save the 6th District (MA gerrymander)

    06/21/2011 4:59:45 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 10 replies
    Salem (MA) News ^ | 6/21/11 | Matthew Roy
    Leaders and citizens make cases before redistricting committee LYNN — Hundreds of people last night filled the Lynn City Hall auditorium in support of saving the 6th Congressional District. An array of speakers, from elected officials, community and business leaders to concerned citizens, argued before state lawmakers on the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting that the district was growing, geographically coherent, and made up of communities that have a shared history and work well together. It has been around for more than 150 years, and Democratic Congressman John Tierney said its "core" should be preserved and expanded. "The core of...
  • California Citizens Redistricting Commission - Maps: First Draft

    06/10/2011 2:51:52 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 16 replies
    June 10, 2011, Commission Votes 14-0 to Approve 1st Draft District Maps With four 14-0 votes, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission has released its first round of draft maps for Congressional, State Assembly, State Senate and Board of Equalization districts. The Commission is now soliciting public comment on the draft districts. Testimony can be submitted online to, by mail to the Citizens Redistricting Commission, 901 P Street, Suite 154-A, Sacramento, CA 95814 or by FAX at 916-651-5711. The Commission will be holding 11 public input hearings in June on the draft maps. The hearing schedule and the draft maps...
  • California Democrats hope new district maps produce budget votes

    06/07/2011 8:23:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/7/11 | Kevin Yamamura and Jim Sanders
    To secure Republican votes for the state budget, Democrats have enlisted business leaders, police officers and teachers. Now they're hoping for a boost from cartographers. An independent mapping panel will release its first draft of new legislative boundaries Friday, shuffling incumbents into new districts and threatening some members' best-laid political plans. Democrats hope the redistricting maps will help shake free the necessary Republican votes for a budget that relies on taxes to bridge the remaining $9.6 billion deficit. They suggest the maps could place key Republicans in more competitive districts and reduce the influence of anti-tax conservatives. At the least,...
  • Black House Districts Work To Republicans' Advantage

    06/04/2011 7:02:26 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 40 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 06/04/2011 | Cynthia Tucker
    WASHINGTON -- I won't procrastinate; I'll get the most difficult part of this column over right now: I was wrong. I was shortsighted, naive and narrow-minded to endorse the concept of drawing congressional districts to take racial demographics into account. In 1982, the Voting Rights Act, with its emphasis on Southern states, was amended to encourage the creation of awkwardly named "majority-minority" districts in order to give black voters the strength of a bloc. I believed that drawing such districts was a progressive political tactic, a benign form of affirmative action that would usher more black members into a Congress...
  • Illinois Democrats redrawing district maps, State Senate 16 of 24 Republicans in with another R

    05/19/2011 9:34:41 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 25 replies · 1+ views
    ABC 7 News -WLS ^ | May 19, 2011 | Charles Thomas
    May 19, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Top-secret plans to redraw Illinois' legislative and congressional districts could lead to big changes in the districts of three of the area's African-American congressmen, ABC7 News has learned. This is the first time under the current state constitution that one party has controlled redrawing the state's legislative and congressional district maps. Realizing the controversy their proposed boundaries will stir, Illinois Democrats are keeping much of their plan top secret. Even party VIPs can't get a peek. Davis is one of three black congressmen -- Bobby Rush and Jesse Jackson, Jr. are the others --...
  • Redistricting plan sets off fireworks in Louisiana delegation

    04/08/2011 3:00:04 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 15 replies
    The New Orleans Times Piscayne ^ | April 7, 2011 | Jonathan Tilove
    Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden, on Thursday accused Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, of actively backing a redistricting plan that could hand Fleming's seat to a Democrat in order to make Boustany's already safe district even more "perfect." Rep. Charles Boustany, left, and Rep. John Fleming are in a sparring match over state redistricting. The verbal fireworks are a very public display of what has become a tense effort to shrink the state's current seven congressional districts into six while balancing racial, regional, partisan and incumbent interests. It also reveals a surprising rift among the six Republican members of the House delegation,...
  • The Census: GOP Winning Seats, Losing the Future

    03/24/2011 6:14:42 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 31 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 03-24-11 | Zazu
    The census data is in and it is startling. Large demographic shifts are happening around our nation, and once again America is in a state of flux. The center of AmericaÂ’s population is moving further and further away from New York and closer to California and Texas, and while the North East and East Central regions continue to stagnate the Southwest and Florida are experiencing a population boom courtesy of immigration. New York and Ohio both lost 2 house seats, a continuation of long periods of decline. New York now holds 27 seats, a decline of almost 20 from...
  • The Top Ten Most Gerrymandered Congressional Districts in the United States

    11/11/2010 6:08:16 PM PST · by ocr1 · 11 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 11, 2010 | Zombie
    (In the first half of this essay, Gerrymandering 101, I explained how gerrymandering works and why it’s so ubiquitous. Here in the exciting conclusion I name and shame the ten most gerrymandered districts of the current 111th Congress — plus 20 bizarre bonus districts not mentioned in the title.)(10.) North Carolina-12 This is what most people imagine when they think of a gerrymandered district — what I call “Gerrymander Classic.” NC-12 looks very much like the gerrymandered districts of the 19th century, but taken to extremes. As bad as it is, NC-12 at least looks like a congressional district, with...
  • New Feature: Dumb Things Libs Say!

    11/10/2010 3:45:05 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    ResistNet ^ | November 9, 2010 | Admin. II, Dee
    As we all know, Libs say the darnest things be it in blogs, posts, discussions or on TV. So we want you to scour the net and post the dumbest quote you can find from a Liberal/Progressive...or whatever they are calling themselves today! I'll start the thread with one of the most ridiculous ones I've seen today: You've seen the video, you know how silly it is: “Are things in our country so bad that it might actually be time for revolution?” Dylan Radigan asked yesterday on his MSNBC show. His unequivocal reply: “The answer is obviously ‘yes.’ The only...
  • What To Do in Ward 2: A Conversation With Enrique Perez

    11/09/2010 5:23:44 PM PST · by chitownguy
    Chicago Elections 2011 ^ | 11/08/2010 | Michael Volpe
    Ask Enrique Perez, candidate for 2nd Ward Alderman, what the problems are in the ward and he believes their zenith starts with this map.That's a map of the 2nd ward and even Mr. Elbridge Gerry, the man for whom the term Gerrymandering is named , couldn't have dreamed of designing a map so perverse as this. Gerrymandering is one of those terms that most people are familiar with but very few understand how it affects them.
  • Dan Walters: Voters keep redistricting reform { CALIFORNIA }

    11/05/2010 12:36:40 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/5/10 | Dan Walters
    California legislators of both parties, then-Gov. Gray Davis and the George W. Bush White House made a pact with the political devil nine years ago by fixing outcomes of legislative and congressional elections for a decade. They agreed to redraw the boundaries of 120 legislative and 53 congressional districts to declare party ownership of each, lock in the partisan status quo and lock out real choice for voters. Since then, through five election cycles, there have been 765 legislative and congressional elections in California and in only about 15 of them have voters managed to overcome the intent of the...
  • Most gerrymandered district?

    11/03/2010 7:28:15 AM PDT · by Renfield · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Which district is our most gerrymandered? Here are a few possibilities: Illinois 17 California 23 Arizona 2 NC 12
  • Redistricting Trends Favor GOP: Why You Should Care

    11/02/2010 7:37:12 AM PDT · by facedodge · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/02/2010 | HUMA KHAN
    Ever wonder why Congressional District 23 in California has the moniker "Ribbon of Shame," or why Illinois' 17th Congressional District has been dubbed "Rabbit on a Skateboard?" The two districts are among hundreds in the country that have garnered national fame -- and often ridicule -- for their odd shapes, a result of a controversial process called redistricting. At least once every decade, state legislatures in 44 states draw up lines for congressional districts in a process that results in much partisan bickering, and one that critics charge is less scientific than political. It is one of the most important...
  • A Reform the Tea Party Should Embrace

    10/14/2010 11:32:50 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 13, 2010 | Bruce Walker
    One of the greatest delights of the Tea Party is disdain for traditional partisan affiliations. The grand theme of the movement is reduction: cut taxes, reduce deficits, limit regulation, and remove the concentration of power in Washington which creates a Never-Never Land for entrenched politicians of both political parties. In fact, the heart of many Tea Party concerns is the plague of unaccountable and self-serving elected officials in Washington. What is true in our nation's capital is true, on a smaller scale, in our state capitals.  Soon after the November elections, legislators all over the nation will engage in one...
  • Census Still ‘Struggling’ With IT Problems That May Affect Count’s Accuracy

    04/30/2010 3:36:19 AM PDT · by Man50D · 62 replies · 1,244+ views ^ | April 30, 2010 | Edwin Mora
    The U.S. Census Bureau is still having problems with its computer system that handles the data for households that did not return a census form. However, the Census Bureau director said the system has successfully printed out the assignments for the enumerators who will conduct in-person interviews with households that did not mail in their forms. “We continue to struggle with the software system called the paper-based operation control system, but we passed, just amazingly, a wonderful threshold last week where we printed out assignments for all these enumerators,” said Census Bureau Director Robert Groves. “It worked.” The Census director...
  • Please DO NOT encourage anyone to run against Dem Congresswoman Corrine Brown in Florida

    03/26/2010 9:33:09 AM PDT · by MindBender26 · 55 replies · 1,767+ views
    I kow it sounds strange, but Please, Please, Please, do not encourage ANYONE to go against Congresswoman Corrine Brown. This is Practical Politics 101: No Republican has ever defeated a Black Dem in a Minority-Majority district such as Brown’s FL-3. In fact, since these M-M districts were formed, no one, anywhere, nationwide, has even beaten a Black Dem. The districts were designed to be permanently Black. Brown's FL-3 starts in the Black section of Palatka, runs up a sliver of land to the Black section of Jacksonville, then down to the Black sections of Deland and Orange City, down to...
  • Did Scott Brown win (in part) because of Teddymandering?

    01/22/2010 2:56:08 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 5 replies · 739+ views
    Rush ^ | January 21st | George in Jacksonville
    RUSH: We'll start in Jacksonville, Florida, with George. Great to have you on the program today, sir. Hello. CALLER: Hey, Rush, it's an honor to be speaking with you. RUSH: Thank you. CALLER: I will tell you after monumental events like the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts, I sometimes wonder "what if." And I remember when Senator Kennedy, on his death bed, sent a letter to Deval Patrick and said, (paraphrasing) "No, no, no, can't follow the law, let's change the law and immediately appoint somebody because health care is that important." My teenaged daughter sometimes says, "Karma is...