Parties Target Control of State Legislatures, Redistricting
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Parties Target Control of State Legislatures, Redistricting

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Drowned out by the coronavirus and national politics, Republican and Democratic operatives are quietly preparing for a battle of state legislative supremacy later this year that could have a profound effect on political power for... Read More

Census Delay Could Put Off New Voting Districts, Primaries
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Census Delay Could Put Off New Voting Districts, Primaries

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau needs more time to wrap up the once-a-decade count because of the coronavirus, opening the possibility of delays in drawing new legislative districts that could help determine what political party is... Read More

Census Delays Pose Risks for Legislative Map Drawing
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Census Delays Pose Risks for Legislative Map Drawing

WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau’s new plan for a delayed 2020 census — if the agency can pull it off — could mean chaos for states drawing new legislative maps next year. Hamstrung by the coronavirus pandemic, the Census Bureau... Read More

Federal Appeals Panel Upholds Michigan Redistricting Commission
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Federal Appeals Panel Upholds Michigan Redistricting Commission

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court upheld the creation of Michigan’s independent redistricting commission in a decision issued Wednesday that rejected an appeal by state Republicans that the commission violated their constitutional rights. More than a dozen states have some... Read More

As Redistricting Approaches, Democrats Boost National Fundraising for State Legislatures
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As Redistricting Approaches, Democrats Boost National Fundraising for State Legislatures

WASHINGTON — After nearly a decade of virtually ceding state legislative races to Republicans, the Democratic Party organization dedicated to winning those seats and other allied groups nationally are ramping up fundraising in a bid to win control of state... Read More

Va. Senate Advances Bipartisan Redistricting Commission Plan
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Va. Senate Advances Bipartisan Redistricting Commission Plan
2020-02-06 18:47:17
by Dan McCue

A Virginia senate panel has endorsed a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would create a bipartisan commission to draw the Commonwealth's political map following the 2020 census. The Senate Privileges and Elections Committee voted 13-1 to approve the... Read More

Census Estimates: Redistricting Ahead for California, New York and Texas
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Census Estimates: Redistricting Ahead for California, New York and Texas

WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau gave a peek at a coming battle within states nationwide over the shape of the country’s congressional district map, with its latest population estimates hinting at fights within Texas, New York, California, Alabama and other... Read More

Pa. Governor’s Redistricting Commission Calls for Mapmaking Makeover
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Pa. Governor’s Redistricting Commission Calls for Mapmaking Makeover

PHILADELPHIA — Exposing anew the deep divides over how Pennsylvania’s political maps are drawn, a state commission formed by Gov. Tom Wolf released a report Thursday calling for overhauling the mapmaking process — and was immediately met with pushback from... Read More

More Than 10,300 Apply To Serve On California 2020 Redistricting Commission
State News
More Than 10,300 Apply To Serve On California 2020 Redistricting Commission
2019-08-02 20:39:15
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - With a week to go before the filing deadline, more than 10,300 Californians have applied to serve on the state's 14-member Citizens Redistricting Commission. "This is great news for direct democracy," said Elaine M. Howle, California's state auditor,... Read More

Federal Judges Deny Request to Place Texas Back Under Redistricting Supervision
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Federal Judges Deny Request to Place Texas Back Under Redistricting Supervision

DALLAS — Federal judges on Wednesday denied a request by minority voters, voting rights organizations and Democratic lawmakers to place the state back under federal supervision for the next redistricting cycle, ending a protracted voting rights legal battle that spanned... Read More

Holder Vows to Shift Partisan Gerrymandering Fight to the States
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Holder Vows to Shift Partisan Gerrymandering Fight to the States
2019-06-28 20:27:14
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Thursday that federal judges have no role in settling disputes over partisan gerrymandering appears likely only to intensify efforts in the states to end the practice that allows both political parties to put... Read More

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