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.
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.
Florida lawmakers adjourned their special session without drawing new congressional districts, which likely will leave the task to the courts.
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.
The mathematics of power may be about to change in a way that could shift political clout away from fast-growing Latino communities in states such as California, Texas and Florida, and move it to the suburbs and rural areas.
In the 2010 election, many Democrats lost their re-election campaign because of their support for health care reform. However, in 2012, Massachusetts Congressman Stephen Lynch may defy that trend and become a rare Democrat to lose re-election because he opposed President Obama’s health care reform plan. Massachusetts will lose one seat in Congress due to […]
The first public hearing on Florida redistricting will be Monday, but the Redistricting Committee is not scheduled to begin drawing new district maps until January of next year. This has some in the state worried that they will finish redistricting in time for the 2012 primary elections. Under the current schedule, they said, final approval […]
It might not be a “$20 billion shakedown,” as Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton once called the agreement between the federal government and British Petroleum to set up a compensation fund for oil spill victims, but the latest Texas redistricting map sure has gotten Rep. Joe Barton upset. Barton represents Texas’s 6th district, which currently […]
It’s something of a prisoner’s dilemma, and the surest sign yet that the independent California Citizens Redistricting Committee didn’t take into account politics when deciding on new district boundaries. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman, two long-serving Jewish Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee (Berman is the ranking minority member), have been drawn into the […]