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January 19, 2022

Redistricting

In unusual move, Gov. DeSantis submits redistricting map

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Detroit News – For more and to sign up click here Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has submitted a proposal to reshape the state’s congressional map and carve up districts held by Black Democrats, as the Republican takes the unusual step of inserting himself into the redistricting process.......

Are MyPillow guy, the filibuster and redistricting all threatening democracy?

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Politico.com – For more and to sign up click here Are MyPillow guy, the filibuster and redistricting all threatening democracy? 1 00:00:00,680 –> 00:00:06,070 >> There’s nothing like a good pillow to spread 2 00:00:06,070 –> 00:00:09,840 a good pan. 3 00:00:10,680 –> 00:00:15,900 >> Hey it’s the weekend rap......

Special session scheduled for Louisiana redistricting

USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Victor Skinner | The Center Square The Louisiana Legislature officially has called a special session for February to craft new legislative districts for state and federal offices. State Senate President Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, and House Speaker Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales,......

Court rules North Carolina’s new redistricting maps are constitutional

USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Nyamekye Daniel | The Center Square A three-judge panel ruled Tuesday to uphold the North Carolina General Assembly’s new redistricting maps. The Wake County Circuit Court judges dismissed a case by voting advocates who challenged the maps’ constitutionality. They......

Michigan’s redistricting panel budgets for documentary

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Detroit News – For more and to sign up click here With maps approved and litigation expected, Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission plans to tell its story in a documentary, even over objections from two commissioners who refuse to allow their likenesses to be used.  The commission voted Dec. 16......

Michigan adopts congressional map that pits two incumbent Democrats against each other

USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Monique Beals The redistricting commission for Michigan adopted new congressional districts on Tuesday, a move that will have a significant impact on next year’s midterm elections. Democratic Reps. Andy LevinAndrew (Andy) LevinMcCarthy delays swift passage of spending plan with record-breaking floor......

Low morale and redistricting hand Democrats a growing retirement issue

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here That was captured on Monday when two Democratic members announced they would not seek reelection in November. Then came California Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, who said in a statement Monday night that “after thirty years in the House of Representatives,......

Redistricting panel, in response to lawsuit, argues limits on transparency are necessary

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Detroit News – For more and to sign up click here Lawyers for Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission argued Monday that news outlets suing over its use of private legal memos and a closed session had overinflated the commission’s responsibilities to transparency under the constitution.  The panel argued in a late night legal......

Fate of Ohio Redistricting Maps Now Up to Ohio Supreme Court

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click to enlarge (Photo: Susan Tebben, OCJ) Attorney Phillip Strach speaks before the Ohio Supreme Court, arguing for the constitutionality of legislative district maps. The court heard arguments on three cases asking it to reject the maps approved in September. Three groups challenging district maps for the Ohio House and......

North Carolina court delays primaries amid electoral map dispute

USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Brad Dress North Carolina’s Supreme Court has delayed primary elections in the state by more than two months as litigation plays out over a Republican-drawn political map that critics argue is gerrymandered. The court order issued Wednesday moves primary elections from March......

Why we sued the Michigan redistricting commission

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Detroit News – For more and to sign up click here Back in 2011, an aide who voiced displeasure about possible changes to Rep. Dave Camp’s congressional district around Midland received a conciliatory email in response. “We will accommodate whatever Dave wants in his district,” came the reply. Surprisingly, it came......

Redistricting Makes California a Top House Battlefield for 2022

New York Times
California’s 10th Congressional District, currently represented by Representative Josh Harder, a young, up-and-coming Democrat, will become heavily Republican, most likely sending Mr. Harder in search of a new district. (It was the expected destination of Mr. Nunes.) That could cost the quiet backbench Democrat Jerry McNerney, who might find himself......

Biden-Putin talks, US diplomatic boycott of Olympics, DOJ sues TX over re-districting : Up First

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NPR President Biden and Russian President Putin hold a video summit today with Ukraine high on the agenda, the US has announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics over China’s human rights record, and the Department of Justice will file another lawsuit against the state of Texas — this......

U.S. sues Texas, says discriminatory redistricting dilutes Black, Hispanic vote

Reuters
WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department sued Texas on Monday alleging the state violated the Voting Rights Act by creating redistricting plans that intentionally discriminate against Black and minority voters by minimizing their voting strength. “The complaint we filed today alleges that Texas has violated section two......

GOP Ohio Lawmakers Hire Lawyers Who Defended ‘Largest Racial Gerrymanders Ever Encountered’ in Redistricting Lawsuits

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click to enlarge Photo courtesy of C-SPAN. Thomas Farr during a hearing on Capitol Hill when he was nominated by Donald Trump for U.S. District Court. His nomination did not go through. Defending themselves against accusations of gerrymandering, the Ohio House speaker and Senate president hired a team of lawyers......

Redistricting panel lawyers warn commissioners not to release confidential memos

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Detroit News – For more and to sign up click here Lawyers representing Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission told their clients Tuesday that the public release of confidential memos discussed during a closed door session Oct. 27 would constitute a “direct threat” to the lawyers’ ability to provide candid legal......

Michigan attorney general opinion wrong, redistricting lawyer says

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Detroit News – For more and to sign up click here A lawyer for the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission said Wednesday he disagrees with parts of an attorney general’s opinion that memos discussed in a closed-door session of the group should be made public. During a virtual meeting Wednesday with members......

Ohio Congressional Redistricting Map Sees First Lawsuit, Others Possible

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click to enlarge Susan Tebben State Sen. Rob McColley, R-Napoleon, presents congressional redistricting maps to the House Government Oversight Committee on November 17. The first of what could be a few lawsuits challenging the Ohio congressional district maps was filed this week on behalf of Ohio voters. The Ohio Supreme......

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