Cooper becomes latest House Democrat to not seek reelection

Cooper becomes latest House Democrat to not seek reelection

This post was originally published on this siteRep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection this year, citing new congressional district lines that split up his home city of Nashville, which he’s represented in Congress for decades. Cooper…

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How gerrymandering makes the US House intensely partisan

How gerrymandering makes the US House intensely partisan

This post was originally published on this siteThe capital of Texas is a pretty liberal town. But residents who live in this progressive neighborhood are represented in the US House by a Republican congressman, thanks to gerrymandering after the 2010 census.

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Court strikes down Alabama GOP’s racist congressional map

Court strikes down Alabama GOP’s racist congressional map

This post was originally published on this site With the midterm elections just months away, a trio of federal judges late Monday struck down Alabama’s newly drawn congressional districts on the grounds that they discriminated against Black voters, forcing state lawmakers to craft new maps. In its unanimous ruling, the...

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Judges toss out new Alabama congressional map, order state to add a 2nd substantially Black district

Judges toss out new Alabama congressional map, order state to add a 2nd substantially Black district

A panel of three federal judges in Alabama ruled unanimously Monday that Alabama needs to draw a new congressional map that includes “two districts in which Black voters either comprise a voting-age majority or something quite close to it.” The GOP-led state Legislature approved a congressional map last year that retains six majority-white districts and one majority-Black district, even though Alabama’s population is about 27 percent Black. Alabama’s congressional delegation includes six House Republicans and one House Democrat representing the 7th Congressional District. 
The three judges — one appointed by President Bill Clinton and the other two by President Donald Trump — said the plaintiffs in the three consolidated cases are “substantially likely” to prevail in their claim that Alabama’s current congressional map violates the Voting Rights Act.
“Black voters have less opportunity than other Alabamians to elect candidates of their choice to Congress,” the 225-page ruling says. “We find that the plaintiffs will suffer an irreparable harm if they must vote in the 2022 congressional elections based on a redistricting plan that violates federal law.” The judges blocked the current map and pushed back the Jan. 28 deadline for candidate qualification to Feb. 11 to give the Legislature time to approve a remedial map.
If state lawmakers are unable to come up with a new map in two weeks, the judges said they would provide an expert to draw the new districts. But “we are confident that the Legislature can accomplish its task,” the judges said, noting that they drew the now-blocked map “in a matter of days” last year.
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall’s (R) office said it “strongly disagrees with the court’s decision and will be appealing in the coming days.” 

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Ohio Supreme Court Strikes Down Republican Gerrymander of Map

Ohio Supreme Court Strikes Down Republican Gerrymander of Map

This post was originally published on this siteThe congressional map would have given Republicans 12-to-3 advantage in elections for the House of Representatives.

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Pennsylvania Republicans Float A Plan For A Gerrymandering Power Grab

Pennsylvania Republicans Float A Plan For A Gerrymandering Power Grab

This post was originally published on this site New district maps for Pennsylvania’s state legislature have received preliminary approval from a state commission — and prompted outrage from Pennsylvania House Republicans, for whom the maps are not red enough.

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‘Victory’: Ohio Supreme Court strikes down GOP partisan gerrymandering

‘Victory’: Ohio Supreme Court strikes down GOP partisan gerrymandering

This post was originally published on this site Democracy defenders on Wednesday cheered a ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court that invalidated Republican-drawn state legislative district maps, which a majority of the justices found were unconstitutionally gerrymandered against the will of the state’s voters. “The General Assembly maps entrenched a...

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‘Success stories’: Michigan, Virginia adopt new maps after creating redistricting commissions

‘Success stories’: Michigan, Virginia adopt new maps after creating redistricting commissions

This post was originally published on this siteResidents of Michigan and Virginia voted to overhaul the redistricting process. Here’s how their new maps shape up.

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State lawmakers get to work on new congressional districts — for themselves

State lawmakers get to work on new congressional districts — for themselves

This post was originally published on this siteAndrea Salinas helped Oregon Democrats muscle through a favorable new congressional map this fall as the chair of her state House’s redistricting committee. Then, just weeks later, she declared a run for one of the new seats she helped create — a maneuver...

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Independent redistricting panels aim to draw fairer maps but still invite controversy

Independent redistricting panels aim to draw fairer maps but still invite controversy

This post was originally published on this siteAs the 14 commissioners of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission drew the state’s new congressional districts over the past week, they pored over maps on Zoom sessions that often stretched late into the night, scooping up census tracts as building blocks to create...

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