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When It Comes To Voting, Conservatives Want Some People To Count More Than Others

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

The same conservatives who succeeded in getting the Supreme Court to gut the Voting Rights Act last year are now attacking the principle of one person, one vote. The purpose of both maneuvers is the same, to help Republicans win elections by diluting or suppressing Democratic votes, in particular the votes of black and brown people.

Using Race (Again) in the Struggle for Political Mastery

Michael Curtis | Posted 04.05.2015 | Black Voices
Michael Curtis

If they are to be true to the better angels of our nature, courts need to strike down racial quotas when the obvious and intended effect of them to disrupt multiracial political coalitions.

The Two-Mandate Myth: An Ohio Perspective

Peter M. Shane | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

In gerrymandering the state, Ohio's Republican legislature and governor not only gave the party an unearned gift of four congressional seats, but probably made it harder to recruit the strongest Democratic candidates for all contested elections.

Bifurcating PA Primary Is a Waste of Taxpayer Dollars

Sen. Daylin Leach | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Sen. Daylin Leach

The Republican legislative leaders have been saying the same things. Yet if their own, personal, political fortunes are at stake, is taxpayer money suddenly no object? If it takes 25 million dollars to facilitate a Republican gerrymander for 2012, does that money suddenly appear?

Why the ProPublica Remap Yarn Is Nonsense

Phil Trounstine | Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics
Phil Trounstine

The pseudo investigation by Olga Pierce and Jeff Larson of New York-based ProPublica, "How Democrats Fooled California's Redistricting Commission," is misleading at best, dishonest at worst and fatally flawed in any case.

What We Can Lean From the Census About Redistricting

Ray Suarez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Suarez

Luis Gutierrez is proud Puerto Rican congressman. But does he need a district with an overwhelming majority of Latino voters created so he can win? Here's where it gets complicated.

Illinois Loses A House Seat In 2010 Census

WBEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As predicted, Illinois will lose a seat in the U.S. House. Illinois' population grew 3 percent to 12.8 million people. But that wasn't enough to hold ...

New Census Numbers Portend Significant Latino Role

Arturo Vargas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arturo Vargas

The U.S. Census Bureau today releases its official 2010 population figures for the nation, and congressional apportionment totals for each state. The numbers let states know if they gain, lose or maintain their congressional seats.

House Seat Apportionment: Media Gets It Wrong on Partisan Impact

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

Because most Sunbelt states currently are reliably Republican in presidential races, the simplistic interpretation of the shift in House seats is that Republicans will gain an advantage.

Congressional Apportionment Watch

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

Here is some good news for New Yorkers who may have come to believe they will lose a second congressional seat to Florida among the states, and some bad news for Texans who thought they would gain four seats.

The Coming Climate Election

William S. Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
William S. Becker

On November 2, America's attention will focus on the mid-term elections for Congress. But those of us who believe government must act against global c...

Building a Bigger House

Nicholas Stephanopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicholas Stephanopoulos

Will a recent lawsuit result in Congress's most dramatic upheaval in almost a hundred years? Probably not, but that's the quixotic hope of the partie...

Census Pick Illustrates Broader Obama Strategy

Michael J. O'Neil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J. O'Neil

President Obama does not want the political distraction of Republicans screaming that the Democrats have "fixed" the Census to produce a partisan result.