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91% of the prisoners in Ohio are in Republican districts: they aren't allowed to vote, but they are counted in the census, creating winnable districts with tiny voting populations that would otherwise be included with large groups of nearby Democratic voters.
This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Gill v. Whitford case, posing the prospect of a national ruling that could limit partisan gerrymandering for the first time. Though this particular case is about the Wisconsin state assembly, the potential national implications are broad.
Throughout Tuesday’s oral arguments in Gill v. Whitford, Justice Anthony Kennedy and the Supreme Court’s left-leaning justices grilled Wisconsin’s attorneys with tough questions that suggest a majority of the court is prepared to impose constitutional limits on political redistricting.
In the late spring of 2011, Dale Schultz walked the short block in Madison from his State Senate office in the Wisconsin Capitol to the glass-paneled building of Michael Best & Friedrich, a law firm with deep ties to his Republican Party.
If elections for the US House of Representatives were held today, polling averages suggest Democrats would get a little bit over 54 percent of the vote. That would be a big win. For context, Barack Obama won just under 53 percent of the vote in 2008, and George H.W.
The Democratic Party is going all in on Georgia. More than $8 million in outside donations and 7,000 volunteers have come to the aid of Democrat Jon Ossoff, who is hoping to clear the 50 percent mark during Tuesday’s special election in the Atlanta suburbs. Liberals see a lot riding on the race.
"There is understandable concern at the moment about the personalities harming our democracy, but tonight let's talk about one of the major structural problems," John Oliver said on Sunday's Last Week Tonight, and that's the closest he got to mentioning President Trump.
Good evening! Hey y'all I know it's 9:30 on a Friday night but...um...the Federal court has filed a ruling on TX Congressional redistricting. So HEADS UP.
At first, she says, her plans were straightforward and research-oriented — "to put together a team to do some modeling and then maybe consult with state redistricting commissions." But then she got more creative.
This election year we can expect to hear a lot about Congressional district gerrymandering, which is when political parties redraw district boundaries to give themselves an electoral advantage. Gerrymandering is at least partly to blame for the lopsided Republican representation in the House.
In his State of the Union speech, President Obama called on lawmakers and the public to take a number of steps "to change the system to reflect our better selves" for "a better politics.
Brian Klaas is a Fellow in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and author of The Despot’s Accomplice: How the West is Aiding & Abetting the Decline of Democracy. There is an enormous paradox at the heart of American democracy. Congress is deeply and stubbornly unpopular.
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Gerrymandering -- drawing political boundaries to give your party a numeric advantage over an opposing party -- is a difficult process to explain. If you find the notion confusing, check out the chart above -- adapted from one posted to Reddit this weekend -- and wonder no more.
At Daily Kos Elections, one of our foremost concerns is gerrymandering. Yes, it’s true that both sides try to draw maps in their favor, but following the 2010 census and the GOP wave election that same year, Republican map-makers gained control of the process in an overwhelming number of states.