Washington Post

Protesting at a justice’s home

The Sept. 16 editorial “Hurting their cause” referenced demonstrators at the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, who lives in Montgomery County. It is against the law in Montgomery County to picket at a person’s home for an issue that is about a person’s work. I wrote the anti-picketing bill back in the 1990s to protect neighborhoods, individuals and their families from protests that have to do with a decision or an activity that occurs at a workplace. People can march on the street that goes by the intended target, but amassing at the home of that target is illegal.
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Maryland redistricting groups drawing new congressional maps

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Maryland’s two redistricting commissions are both working to draw new congressional and legislative maps, but their perceived goals and their potential for success are different. The state’s Republican governor named a nine-member panel evenly shared among Democrats, Republicans, and unaffiliated voters. And at the same time, the state’s Legislature has its own […] The post Maryland redistricting groups drawing new congressional maps appeared first on The Southern Maryland Chronicle.
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CBS Austin

Texas lawmakers preparing for fast-paced redistricting special session

AUSTIN, Texas — After almost nine months of getting public feedback, state lawmakers will be ready to hit the ground running come Monday when the third special session focused on redistricting - the process of redrawing political boundaries in the state based off new Census data - begins. There will...
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Nebraska's 'blue dot' would remain under all current redistricting plans

LINCOLN — Nebraska’s Electoral College “blue dot” still would have cheered Democrats and bedeviled Republicans if any of the congressional redistricting plans introduced by lawmakers had been in effect last year. A World-Herald analysis found that both the Republican and Democratic proposals would have given Democrat Joe Biden a win...

We're watching the implosion of the Supreme Court in real time

The reputation of the Supreme Court is sinking. After decisions like the Texas abortion case, the impartiality of the Court is in doubt. The hyper-partisanship both at and around the Court is to blame. Michael Gordon is a longtime Democratic strategist, a former spokesman for the Justice Department, and the...

Ohio Redistricting Commission fails to produce 10-year map

Republicans blamed the federal government and Democrats blamed Republicans after the Ohio Redistricting Commission failed to pass a new state legislative boundary map that would last for a decade. Instead, the commission passed a four-year map with the group’s two Democrats voting "no" after long hours of negotiations and recesses...

A Democratic House May Depend on Dismantling Minority Districts

Most members of Congress crave political security, and Terri Sewell has it. For more than a decade, she’s represented Alabama’s Seventh District, a 61 percent Black hodgepodge that awkwardly links the bustling cities of Birmingham and Montgomery via the sprawling, agriculturally rich Black Belt (named for the region’s dark topsoil), where more than a quarter of residents still live below the federal poverty line. The Seventh has never given her less than 72 percent of the vote.

Climate festival held in Appleton

APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV)-Pierce Park in Appleton was the site of a gathering in support of a New Green Deal that would address climate change. College professors, politicians, and activists all speaking at the event. An Appleton group called Sunrise Fox Valley organized the event called the Fox Valley Green New Deal Fest. The group is made up almost entirely of college students.

PA Creates Redistricting Advisory Council to Help Prevent Gerrymandering

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A new Redistricting Advisory Council announced last week by Gov. Tom Wolf's office will focus on reducing gerrymandering as new voting-district maps are redrawn. The council is made up of six academics and political experts from throughout the state, each with knowledge of redistricting. They will provide...
Journal Review

Redistricting and the spoils of victory

INDIANAPOLIS — I called it “Frankendistrict,” the old 4th Congressional District that existed between 2001 and 2011. “Frankendistrict” was drawn by Indiana House Democrats, the scraps from the other eight districts stitched to make an ugly ninth that gave the concept of “Gerrymandering” a bad, baaaad name. It straddled western Indiana, stretching from three counties south of Lake Michigan to three counties north of the Ohio River.