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2010 Redistricting

Arizona's GOP Wasn't Happy With How An Independent Commission Drew Districts, So They Sued

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

Lawyers for Arizona's Republican-led state legislature argued Friday that a federal court should invalidate the congressional districts created by an ...

John Celock

States Grapple With Maps

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics

Redistricting fights are springing up nationwide as states grapple with the final stages of redrawing state legislative and congressional district lin...

Federal Court Rejects Texas Redistricting Plans

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

Texas Republicans had a strategy to circumvent the Obama Department of Justice to implement their partisan gerrymanders for Congress and the state legislature. They had a strategy that turns out to have backfired badly.

Illinois Redistricting: Republican Congressmen Sue Over Dems' Map

Posted 09.26.2011 | Chicago

Following the lead of some of the top Republican members of the Illinois General Assembly, who last week filed suit over the state's redrawn House and...

New Map Has City Lawmakers Representing Farmland

AP | By DEANNA BELLANDI | Posted 09.04.2011 | Chicago

ST. ANNE, Ill. -- Surrounded by fields that grow corn, soybeans, melons and potatoes, this tiny rural village is 65 miles from Chicago but light years...

Quinn Signs Illinois Redistricting Law, Making Maps Official

Posted 08.24.2011 | Chicago

Illinois governor Pat Quinn signed off Friday on a redistricting proposal that will sharply undercut the state's newly elected Republican congressmen....

Will Guzzardi

Illinois Dems Raring To Run For Newly Blue Congressional Seats

HuffingtonPost.com | Will Guzzardi | Posted 08.06.2011 | Chicago

The newly redrawn map of Illinois's congressional districts isn't even official yet, sitting as it still does on Governor Pat Quinn's desk. Already, t...

Will Guzzardi

Democrats See Big Gains In Proposed Congressional Maps

HuffingtonPost.com | Will Guzzardi | Posted 07.27.2011 | Chicago

Not only did the Republicans take a majority in the U.S. House in last November's elections, but they also claimed majorities in a historic number of ...

Redistricting Redux: Winners, Losers And Power Players In New Maps

Posted 07.23.2011 | Chicago

Illinois lawmakers are expected to vote this week on one of the most contentious parts of their job: the decennial process of redrawing legislative ma...

Quinn To Sign Redistricting Law: Real Reform Or Window-Dressing?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As the data from the 2010 census comes in, the ever-contentious process of redrawing Illinois's legislative maps will soon be under way. A new law tha...

Redistricting Could Hand Republicans The Next Decade

Mother Jones | Nick Baumann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Not a fan of your new GOP-dominated House of Representatives? You'd better get used to it. After winning almost unprecedented power over the congressi...

Redistricting The Real Prize In Tuesday's Elections

Mother Jones | Nick Baumann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Forget the Senate and House. That's short-term thinking. The real prize in Tuesday's midterm elections is the power to draw congressional seats and de...

Complaints from California: Untangling the Ballot Measures

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

On November 2, 2010, California voters weighed in on nine ballot measures, all initiatives. Their votes sent one very important messages: We don't tru...

States Poised to Make the Decisions of a Decade

David Adkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Adkins

With the midterm over all eyes will soon turn to state capitols for redistricting decisions that will likely echo out for a decade to come.

Gerrymandering: How's it Gonna Be?

Jeff Reichert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Reichert

At the tail end of two weeks of travel, I'm a little too tired to put together coherent thoughts about the trip and the state of things, so I've pasted below some videos I shot along the way with my phone.

Redistricting Battles Spur Wave Of Cash

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans and Democrats, hoping to pick up seats in Congress through redistricting, are pouring money and political muscle into statehouse races in ...

On the Road

Jeff Reichert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Reichert

Part of the allure of making this film was the possibility of traveling the country, meeting different folks, investigating different situations. The film may be called Gerrymandering, but our real subject was America.

Ready for This High-Stakes Process?

Arturo Vargas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arturo Vargas

As the Census Bureau prepares to report the reapportionment count, a new challenge awaits the Latino community: redistricting. Redistricting is the redistribution of power, and power is not given away, it is taken

Texas Democrat Tries To Reverse Tom Delay's Redistricting Power Grab

Mother Jones | Suzy Khimm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Redistricting typically happens every 10 years, to capture the population changes recorded by the US Census. In most of the country, state lawmakers u...

Extremism, the Makeover, and Election 2010

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Not long ago, a passing familiarity with Bible verses, a flair for rhetoric, and hunger for a following could be enough to land someone in a small-tow...

What Is Prison-Based Gerrymandering?

Jeff Reichert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Reichert

Using prison populations to inflate the populations of the districts that contain prisons serves to dilute the political power of everyone else. It's almost the perfect crime.

Redistricting Reforms Worth Watching

Jeff Reichert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Reichert

This is really the moment to be actively involved in redistricting reform. There are battle lines being drawn that will determine what our legislative bodies look like over the course of the next decade.

You Can't Please Everyone

Jeff Reichert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Reichert

In the few months since Gerrymandering premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, "Jeff Reichert Gerrymandering" has rocketed to the top of my most frequently Googled phrases. Like all filmmakers I am a nervous parent.

Go National Locally: The One Thing You Can Do to Really Make a Difference in November

Colin Delany | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Colin Delany

As ugly as the redistricting process can be, this is one year in which the reality of democracy meshes with its rhetoric -- an individual voter/donor/activist can make a difference,

FEC Allows Redistricting Campaigns To Raise Unlimited 'Soft Money'

AP | SHARON THEIMER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Federal election officials said Friday that members of Congress helping their parties finance redistricting fights can raise soft m...