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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Danziger: GOP Elephant Becomes A Sinister Beast

Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven […]

February 16, 2018

What The Democrats Need To Do To Retake The House In 2018

For most of this decade, Democrats have not understood why they keep losing the U.S. House and state legislatures to Republican super-majorities. It’s not because American voters have moved to the right. The biggest single reason the GOP has that outsized grip on power is because they outsmarted Democrats when drawing political maps in 2011 for U.S. House races and state legislatures.

July 15, 2017
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In Chicago Obama Urges Activism, Promises To Fight Gerrymandering [VIDEO]

The former president mentioned an issue that really may make a difference: political gerrymandering. The Supreme Court will hear arguments this spring about gerrymandering — and Obama, along with his former attorney general, Eric Holder, have made it clear that they are going to stay active in the issue.

April 24, 2017
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In A True Democracy, The Popular Majority Must Count

Endorsing the National Popular Vote would be a critical first step toward reshaping our electoral system. Reform from the top will encourage future Presidents, all elected by majority, to address the other distortions to our democracy, including gerrymandering, voter suppression laws, and the unfettered flow of money into politics.

December 8, 2016

Supreme Court On Gerrymandering: ‘Is It Politics Or Race?’

A divided Supreme Court questioned whether race or politics was the main factor used in drawing the controversial legislative districts in Virginia and North Carolina.

December 6, 2016
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North Carolina Redistricting Case Reaches Supreme Court

The central question in the case is whether North Carolina’s Republican-controlled legislature approved oddly shaped congressional districts that were drawn illegally to pack minority voters in the 1st and 12th Congressional Districts.

November 29, 2016

Unconstitutional: Court Strikes Down Republican Gerrymandering In Wisconsin

The case hinged on a new way to measure the discriminatory effect of gerrymandering. The “efficiency gap” measure found the redistricting in Wisconsin caused Democrats to waste more votes than Republicans.

November 22, 2016

How The GOP Gamed The Voting System To Dominate And Why Elections Are An Anti-Democratic Mess

It may be an historic election, an election in which many states will be operating under rules adopted only in the last half dozen years. These rules affect the value of one’s vote and the ease of voting. All of this is occurring in a setting where fewer and fewer federal races are even competitive.

September 10, 2016
Security guards walk the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington in this file photo dated October 1, 2010. REUTERS/Larry Downing

U.S. Justices Rule Against Virginia Republicans In Black Voters Case

The voters who sued in 2013 said Scott’s district was racially “gerrymandered” by state legislators in 2012 to cram black voters into it and reduce black influence in neighboring districts in violation of the U.S. Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law.

May 24, 2016
Speaker of the House John Boehner addresses the members of the 114th Congress after being re-elected as the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives at the start of the 114th Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 6, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Fixing Gerrymandering Could Fix Congress

One root cause of the mutiny is the Great Republican Gerrymander of 2011, which helped elect and now protects the 45 ideological insurgents in the House.

October 18, 2015

Florida Legislature Leaves Town Without Drawing New Congressional Districts

Florida lawmakers adjourned their special session without drawing new congressional districts, which likely will leave the task to the courts.

August 22, 2015

Supreme Court Upholds Power Of Independent Commissions To Draw Districts

The 5-4 decision bolsters an increasingly popular political reform adopted by voters in California and other states to transfer authority to draw districts from state legislators to a nonpartisan citizen panel.

June 29, 2015

U.S. High Court Orders Race-Bias Review Of North Carolina Voting Lines

In its decision, the Supreme Court referred to another ruling it made in late March that found Alabama had not properly investigated whether the state’s redrawing of voting districts was motivated by race.

April 21, 2015

Supreme Court May Say Gerrymandering Protected By Constitution

The Supreme Court appears ready to stand up for gerrymandering.

March 3, 2015
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Republicans Aren’t Rigging The Electoral College

Republicans could rig elections to keep themselves in power indefinitely. But they won’t.

November 13, 2014

Supreme Court To Hear Racial Gerrymandering Claim From Alabama

Have Alabama Republicans finally gone too far?

November 12, 2014

Gerrymandering Rigged The 2014 Elections For Republican Advantage

Democrats blew plenty of races in 2014 — but the deck was stacked against them from the start.

November 6, 2014

Endorse This: Here’s Why You’re Stuck With Your Terrible Congressman

[jwplayer player=”1″ mediaid=”65038″] Even though congressional approval is at historic lows, over 90 percent of incumbents will likely be re-elected in November. That’s no accident; it’s the system working. Click above to find out how politicians have rigged elections in their favor – then share this video! Video via Vox. Get more to Endorse delivered to […]

September 3, 2014