8th Circuit to Consider Whether to Limit Election Lawsuits
Law
8th Circuit to Consider Whether to Limit Election Lawsuits
2023-01-11 16:46:11
by Dan McCue

ST. LOUIS — The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a case that could see the court sharply restrict lawsuits challenging redistricting decisions and state election rules on the basis of racial discrimination. The... Read More

Supreme Court to Hear Case on State Authority Over Elections
Redistricting
Supreme Court to Hear Case on State Authority Over Elections
2022-06-30 19:25:46
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear an appeal from North Carolina Republicans that could ultimately remove state court authority over congressional redistricting.  If they decide for the petitioners in Moore v. Harper, the justices would dramatically... Read More

Judge Tosses Congressional Map in Louisiana Citing Racial Gerrymander
Redistricting
Judge Tosses Congressional Map in Louisiana Citing Racial Gerrymander
2022-06-07 15:25:23
by Dan McCue

BATON ROUGE, La. — A federal judge struck down Louisiana’s newly adopted congressional district map, ruling it must be redrawn to include a second district that gives Black voters the opportunity to elect a candidate of their choice. U.S. District... Read More

Demographics and Redrawn Boundaries Could Net Dems Big Win in California
Elections
Demographics and Redrawn Boundaries Could Net Dems Big Win in California
2022-05-31 23:16:40
by Brock Blasdell

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Increasing Asian and Latino populations across California have reshaped the state’s voter demographics heading into the 2022 midterms. Amid congressional redistricting, it could create the perfect opportunity for Democrats to win seats in the 2022 primary... Read More

New Hampshire Supreme Court Steps In to End Redistricting Drama
Redistricting
New Hampshire Supreme Court Steps In to End Redistricting Drama
2022-05-31 21:12:40
by Dan McCue

CONCORD, N.H. — The New Hampshire Supreme Court on Tuesday formally approved a congressional district map drawn by a special master, effectively putting an end to the stalemate between the Republicans who control the state Legislature and Republican Gov. Chris... Read More

State Court Approves Controversial CD Map for New York
Redistricting
State Court Approves Controversial CD Map for New York
2022-05-23 20:26:22
by Dan McCue

ALBANY, N.Y. — A state court judge formally approved a controversial new congressional map Friday night, ratifying a map that could prove costly to Democrats while forcing two of the state’s most prominent House members to square off against each... Read More

New York’s State of Mind: BAM! BANG! KRUNCH! KAPOW!
Redistricting
New York’s State of Mind: BAM! BANG! KRUNCH! KAPOW!
2022-05-19 18:37:20
by Dan McCue

NEW YORK — It wasn’t supposed to be this way. In reliably blue New York State, where more than 53% of registered voters identify as Democrats, a newly drawn district map was supposed to serve as a bulwark against Republicans... Read More

Missouri Governor Ratifies State’s New Congressional Districts
Redistricting
Missouri Governor Ratifies State’s New Congressional Districts
2022-05-19 13:33:36
by Dan McCue

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday signed a bill formally revising the boundaries of the state’s eight congressional districts, ending one of the more bitter standoffs of the entire redistricting “season.” "Today, we signed into law... Read More

Kansas Supreme Court Upholds Controversial Redistricting Maps
Redistricting
Kansas Supreme Court Upholds Controversial Redistricting Maps
2022-05-18 18:30:20
by Dan McCue

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Republican-drawn congressional map that divides a racially diverse portion of the Kansas City metropolitan area, despite concerns the new district lines will dilute the minority vote. As previously reported... Read More

Florida Judge Declares DeSantis Map Unconstitutional
Redistricting
Florida Judge Declares DeSantis Map Unconstitutional
2022-05-11 23:44:10
by Dan McCue

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida judge declared a congressional district map approved by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis unconstitutional Wednesday because it intentionally “Diminishes African Americans’ ability to elect the representative of their choice.” Leon County Circuit Court Judge Layne Smith... Read More

Ohio Redistricting Panel Resubmits Rejected Map to Court
Redistricting
Ohio Redistricting Panel Resubmits Rejected Map to Court
2022-05-06 18:17:32
by Dan McCue

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As a strategy, it probably falls into the category of “Maybe they won’t notice.” On Thursday, the Ohio Redistricting Commission voted 4-2 to resubmit state legislative district maps to the Ohio Supreme Court that the court has... Read More

Democrat Expert Offers Her Perspective on Redistricting and What it Portends for 2022
Redistricting
Democrat Expert Offers Her Perspective on Redistricting and What it Portends for 2022
2022-04-29 20:36:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Last week, The Well News spoke with Adam Kincaid, president and executive director of the National Republican Redistricting Trust, to get his take on how the decennial redistricting process has gone, where things stand now, and the long... Read More

Kansas Court Strikes Down Gerrymandered Congressional Map 
Redistricting
Kansas Court Strikes Down Gerrymandered Congressional Map 
2022-04-25 19:41:00
by Dan McCue

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Kansas judge on Monday tossed out a congressional district map drawn by the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature, holding that it was an unlawful partisan gerrymander aimed at diluting the power of Black and Hispanic voters in... Read More

GOP Expert Offers His Perspective on Redistricting and What it Portends for 2022
Redistricting
GOP Expert Offers His Perspective on Redistricting and What it Portends for 2022
2022-04-22 21:57:12
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — With just two states, New Hampshire and Missouri, left to finalize congressional district maps ahead of the 2022 midterms, attention is now shifting to primary contests and the inevitable litigation that the decennially-drawn maps inspire. On Friday, The... Read More

Florida Legislature Advances Congressional District Map Proposed by DeSantis
Redistricting
Florida Legislature Advances Congressional District Map Proposed by DeSantis
2022-04-21 17:49:08
by Dan McCue

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida House of Representatives on Thursday voted to advance a redistricting plan proposed by Gov. Ron DeSantis that will likely place the state’s representation on Capitol Hill further into the Republican column while eliminating a district... Read More

DeSantis Pushing Controversial District Map Ahead of Special Session
Redistricting
DeSantis Pushing Controversial District Map Ahead of Special Session
2022-04-18 16:03:03
by Dan McCue

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Legislature was supposed to take up congressional redistricting during a special session that begins Tuesday, but the Republican leaders of both chambers have already punted the process back to the governor’s office. The back and... Read More

Wisconsin Supreme Court Approves GOP-Drawn State Maps
Redistricting
Wisconsin Supreme Court Approves GOP-Drawn State Maps
2022-04-18 16:01:26
by Dan McCue

MADISON, Wis. — A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday approved new state legislative district maps drawn by Republicans in the state Legislature, tossing its earlier approval of maps submitted by the state’s Democratic governor. The decision is the latest... Read More

Ohio Supreme Court Rejects Fourth Set of Redistricting Plans
In The States
Ohio Supreme Court Rejects Fourth Set of Redistricting Plans
2022-04-15 14:32:21
by Dan McCue

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a fourth set of redistricting plans drafted by the state’s redistricting commission, but left the panel with the responsibility of redrawing the maps at least one more time. In its... Read More

From ‘Sister’ to Rival: Dem Rising Stars Fight for Ga. Seat
Redistricting
From 'Sister' to Rival: Dem Rising Stars Fight for Ga. Seat

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Reps. Lucy McBath and Carolyn Bourdeaux flipped two longtime Republican congressional districts in Atlanta's northern suburbs by running against then-President Donald Trump and his divisive brand of politics. But as they fight to keep their House seats this year, they're... Read More

Judicial Panel Allowing Ohio Congressional Races to Proceed
In The States
Judicial Panel Allowing Ohio Congressional Races to Proceed
2022-04-13 17:21:33
by Dan McCue

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Despite ongoing litigation over whether a new congressional district map in Ohio dilutes the minority vote, a three-judge federal panel on Tuesday said it won’t block the certification of votes in the state’s May 3 primary. In... Read More

Maryland Gets New Congressional District Map
Redistricting
Maryland Gets New Congressional District Map
2022-04-05 13:38:21
by Dan McCue

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Republican Gov. Larry Hogan put an end to more than six months of political and legal wrangling Monday by giving his approval to a new Congressional district map drafted by General Assembly Democrats. Hogan said at a... Read More

New York Redistricting Plan Tossed on Trash Heap
Redistricting
New York Redistricting Plan Tossed on Trash Heap
2022-04-01 12:45:38
by Dan McCue

ALBANY, N.Y. — A state supreme court on Thursday tossed out New York State’s proposed redistricting plan, holding that new districts drafted for state and congressional races were unlawfully partisan in nature. Justice Patrick McAllister of New York’s Steuben County... Read More

Maryland Democrats Approve New Congressional Map
Redistricting
Maryland Democrats Approve New Congressional Map
2022-03-31 00:04:21
by Dan McCue

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Democrat-controlled Maryland General Assembly on Wednesday night approved a new congressional district just five days after a state court judge ruled their previous attempt at a map violated the voting rights of Republicans. The redrawn map... Read More

Ohio Redistricting Panel Approves Work-In-Progress District Maps
Redistricting
Ohio Redistricting Panel Approves Work-In-Progress District Maps
2022-03-29 15:43:06
by Dan McCue

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A divided Ohio Redistricting Commission approved maps for state legislative districts on Monday night despite the fact independent mapmakers hired to draw them had not yet finished their work. The majority in the 4-3 vote explained their... Read More

Maryland Judge Throws Out Congressional District Map
Redistricting
Maryland Judge Throws Out Congressional District Map
2022-03-25 21:07:09
by Dan McCue

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. — A Maryland Circuit Court judge on Friday struck down the state’s new congressional district map, calling it an “extreme gerrymander” that blatantly ignored requirements that voting districts be compact and respect communities of interest and... Read More

Ohio Supreme Court Denies Bid to Postpone May 3 Primary
In The States
Ohio Supreme Court Denies Bid to Postpone May 3 Primary
2022-03-25 15:56:41
by Dan McCue

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Redistricting Commission will have to get on with its work and finish replacements of previously rejected district maps in time for their use in the state’s May 3 primary, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled on... Read More

Supreme Court Sides With Republicans in Wisconsin Redistricting Case
Supreme Court
Supreme Court Sides With Republicans in Wisconsin Redistricting Case
2022-03-23 18:45:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Wisconsin Supreme Court erred in not sufficiently considering the actual requirements of the Voting Rights Act when it imposed a map drawn by Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers over other proposals, the U.S. Supreme Court said on... Read More

GOP Appeal Seeks to Curb State Court Power Over US House Map
Redistricting
GOP Appeal Seeks to Curb State Court Power Over US House Map

North Carolina's Republican legislative leaders have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to curtail state courts' powers to intervene in the drawing of congressional districts as part of an ongoing battle over electoral maps. The renewed effort is not expected to... Read More

Ohio Supreme Court Tosses Maps, Throws State Primary Into Chaos
Redistricting
Ohio Supreme Court Tosses Maps, Throws State Primary Into Chaos
2022-03-18 16:13:36
by Dan McCue

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Supreme Court rejected a third set of state House and Senate maps on Wednesday, potentially throwing plans for the state’s upcoming May 3 primary election into chaos. In response to the ruling, Ohio Secretary of... Read More

<strong>GOP Lawmakers Ask Ohio Court to Allow Midterms to Proceed Without New Maps</strong>
Redistricting
GOP Lawmakers Ask Ohio Court to Allow Midterms to Proceed Without New Maps
2022-03-11 22:30:43
by Dan McCue

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Attorneys for the Republican leaders of the Ohio Legislature have asked the Ohio Supreme Court to "defer any action" on new congressional district maps until after the 2022 election. Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp and Senate President... Read More

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