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Perhaps there is no better example than a corner of Republican Rep. Jim Jordan's 4th congressional district. Jordan, from Urbana west of Columbus, represents a district that weaves from near the Indiana border to Elyria. The most unusual spot may be a hook-shaped area in eastern Lorain County.
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.
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A brief overview of crimes against geography in the 113th Congress.
It would be easy enough to do. The only thing lacking is the political will.
The beast that ate American democracy.
Ever since the contested 2000 presidential election, the way that American elections are run has become increasingly partisan and contentious.
By simplifying gerrymandering we see how problematic it really is.
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.