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Federal court voids North Carolina’s GOP-drawn congressional map
Jan 10th, 2018 at 12:02pm
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A federal court on Tuesday ruled that Republicans in North Carolina unconstitutionally gerrymandered congressional districts in 2016 to ensure Republican “domination of the state’s congressional delegation.”
The three-judge panel struck down the map and ordered the state’s General Assembly to come up with a substitute by Jan. 24.
The decision was the first striking down of a congressional map, as opposed to a state legislative map, on the grounds that it was rigged in favor of a particular political party. Redistricting has historically been political and partisan to one degree or another.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/01/10/federal-court-void...
Good move. Gerrymandering allows our Representatives to choose their voters instead of the voters choosing their Representatives.
  

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Re: Federal court voids North Carolina’s GOP-drawn congressional map
Reply #1 - Jan 10th, 2018 at 12:42pm
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Odd how the same people that lust for a flat tax don't seem to mind congressional districts that resemble one half of a Rorschach Test ..

Still  Good to see a judge put a stop to yet another Republican attempt to win by cheating.. (Think Voter ID)

  

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Re: Federal court voids North Carolina’s GOP-drawn congressional map
Reply #2 - Jan 10th, 2018 at 1:10pm
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The North Carolina districts were pretty much text book gerrymandering and violated all kinds of redistricting norms/requirements:



I'm more interested in the Wisconsin case myself, as it deals specifically with partisan gerrymandering and its districts are not obviously out of step with redistricting requirements.
  
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Reply #3 - Jan 10th, 2018 at 1:11pm
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Democrats were elated to learn this week that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up a case that seeks to eliminate partisan gerrymandering. They assume that doing so will eliminate the advantage Republicans have had in the U.S. House of Representatives in the last 25 years where, although Democrats often poll as many votes as Republicans nationwide, the GOP has won majorities in all but two of the last 12 elections.

They assume the reason for these losses can be ascribed to nefarious plots hatched in the majority of state legislatures Republicans control. If Justice Anthony Kennedy joins with the court’s solidly liberal quartet, it’s possible that the result will be a historic decision that will end a practice that dates back to the beginning of the republic.

But Democrats need to be careful about what they wish for. By asking the court to ban gerrymanders, liberals are pitting one of their interests against another. On the one hand, a ban on partisan gerrymanders would potentially hamstring GOP efforts to maximize their current advantage. But it could run headlong up against the way the court’s interpretation of the Voting Rights Act has mandated the creation of majority-minority districts. It’s far from clear that the high court can thread the political needle so as to allow those racial gerrymanders that have helped black and minority politicians without also hurting the Democratic Party that their voters support.

http://thefederalist.com/2017/06/22/democrats-think-twice-seeking-end-gerrymande...
  

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Reply #4 - Jan 10th, 2018 at 1:45pm
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Harrys Sockpuppet4335 wrote on Jan 10th, 2018 at 1:11pm:
Democrats were elated to learn this week that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up a case that seeks to eliminate partisan gerrymandering. They assume that doing so will eliminate the advantage Republicans have had in the U.S. House of Representatives in the last 25 years where, although Democrats often poll as many votes as Republicans nationwide, the GOP has won majorities in all but two of the last 12 elections.

They assume the reason for these losses can be ascribed to nefarious plots hatched in the majority of state legislatures Republicans control. If Justice Anthony Kennedy joins with the court’s solidly liberal quartet, it’s possible that the result will be a historic decision that will end a practice that dates back to the beginning of the republic.

But Democrats need to be careful about what they wish for. By asking the court to ban gerrymanders, liberals are pitting one of their interests against another. On the one hand, a ban on partisan gerrymanders would potentially hamstring GOP efforts to maximize their current advantage. But it could run headlong up against the way the court’s interpretation of the Voting Rights Act has mandated the creation of majority-minority districts. It’s far from clear that the high court can thread the political needle so as to allow those racial gerrymanders that have helped black and minority politicians without also hurting the Democratic Party that their voters support.

http://thefederalist.com/2017/06/22/democrats-think-twice-seeking-end-gerrymande...

Bottom line....Gerrymandering on either side is wrong.
  

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Wadsworth wrote on Jan 10th, 2018 at 1:45pm:
Gerrymandering on either side is wrong.


Yes.. and Harry supports the practice..
  

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Wadsworth wrote on Jan 10th, 2018 at 1:45pm:
Bottom line....Gerrymandering on either side is wrong.


The Supreme Court demands that states gerrymander. Take it up with them.
  

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Harrys Sockpuppet4335 wrote on Jan 10th, 2018 at 1:50pm:
The Supreme Court demands that states gerrymander. .


Assuming they do ..  are they right or wrong to do so?

  

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Reply #8 - Jan 10th, 2018 at 1:59pm
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Harrys Sockpuppet4335 wrote on Jan 10th, 2018 at 1:50pm:
The Supreme Court demands that states gerrymander. Take it up with them.

It has been taken up with them.  The court does not allow gerrymandering for partisan gain
  

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Reply #9 - Jan 10th, 2018 at 2:24pm
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Fiddler wrote on Jan 10th, 2018 at 1:52pm:
Assuming they do ..  are they right or wrong to do so?



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