Census citizenship question could transform state elections

U.S. 05/31/19, 15:04

Computer files discovered in the home of a Republican operative who died last year contain a blueprint for how the GOP could extend its domination of legislatures in states where growing Latino populations favor Democrats and offer compelling context about a related case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.The files ...

GOP “seawall”? Ohio’s congressional map under fire in court

U.S. 04/27/19, 10:52

The Nagels' home is a house divided. Mindy Nagel usually votes Democratic, while husband Tom usually goes Republican. But that's only part of it — their bedroom is in Ohio's 2nd congressional district, while their garage is in the 1st. They say they've voted in both districts within the last three years. ...

Judges: Michigan must redraw congressional, legislative maps

Politics 04/25/19, 15:25

A three-judge federal panel ruled Thursday that Michigan's congressional and legislative maps were unconstitutionally gerrymandered for partisan gain, ordering the state Legislature to redraw at least 34 districts for the 2020 election. The decision also requires special state Senate elections to be held in 2020, instead of 2022 as scheduled. It ...

Update: High court wary of limiting partisan map drawing

Politics 03/26/19, 11:00

The Latest on Supreme Court arguments over whether the political task of redistricting can be overtly partisan (all times local): 11:55 a.m. The Supreme Court seems wary of getting federal judges involved in determining when electoral district maps are too partisan. A view of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, March 15, 2019. ...

A more skeptical high court to hear redistricting challenge

Politics 03/24/19, 23:17

Last year, proponents of limiting partisan politics in the creation of electoral districts needed to win over Justice Anthony Kennedy. They couldn't. The issue is back before the Supreme Court again, with arguments on Tuesday, and it might be harder than ever to convince the justices to rein in the practice ...

Movement toward less partisan political maps gains momentum

Politics 03/21/19, 14:44

Frustrated by partisan gerrymandering, voters in a growing number of states have taken the pen and computer away from lawmakers who have traditionally drawn U.S. House and state legislative districts and instead entrusted that responsibility to others. In the past decade, eight states have overhauled their redistricting procedures to lessen the ...

Michigan redistricting deal killed by federal judges

U.S. 02/01/19, 19:01

A three-judge panel has thrown out a deal to redraw at least 11 Michigan House districts for the 2020 election, saying the state's new Democratic secretary of state had no authority to make a pact with fellow Democrats who accused Republicans of crafting unconstitutional maps.Friday's decision means the panel of ...

Gerrymandering lawsuits linger as next redistricting nears

U.S. 01/10/19, 13:59

As the 2019 state legislative sessions get underway, a busy year of legal battles also is beginning over lingering allegations that hundreds of electoral districts across the country were illegally drawn to the disadvantage of particular voters or political parties.First up was a court hearing Thursday in Virginia, where a ...

Missouri governor wants repeal of new redistricting law

U.S. 12/23/18, 11:18

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says a new constitutional amendment changing Missouri's legislative redistricting process should be repealed. Parson told The Associated Press that he opposes the "Clean Missouri" initiative approved by voters in November. He specifically cited concerns about a requirement for a state demographer to draw House and Senate maps ...

Missouri turns to math formula to deter gerrymandering

U.S. 12/02/18, 10:31

The votes won't be cast for another four years, yet Democrats already appear likely to gain seats in Missouri's Republican-dominated Legislature in 2022.The reason: A one-of-its kind redistricting initiative approved by voters in the recent midterm elections.Missouri's initiative marks a new frontier in a growing movement against partisan gerrymandering that ...

Supreme Court to hear Virginia GOP’s districting appeal

Politics 11/13/18, 11:24

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear an appeal by Virginia Republicans who are trying to preserve state legislative districts that have been struck down by a lower court as racially discriminatory. The case involves 11 districts in the Virginia House of Delegates. Democratic voters accuse Republicans, who hold the majority, ...

Texas couple helps finance redistricting ballot measures

U.S. 11/01/18, 09:20

A growing movement to curb partisan gerrymandering will be put to the test on Tuesday by several state ballot measures that are intended to overhaul the way congressional and state legislative districts are drawn.The proposals in Colorado, Michigan, Missouri and Utah have been backed by a little-known organization bankrolled by ...

Control of Congress also at stake in state legislative races

U.S. 09/22/18, 10:46

Democrats looking to regain a foothold in state capitols largely led by Republicans had anticipated flipping control of up to a dozen legislative chambers during the last presidential election. It didn't work out that way.As Republicans remain in overwhelming control of state legislatures, Democrats are doubling their spending for this ...

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