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The California Redistricting Commission Will Soon Be Toast

This may be the last version of the California redistricting commission. That may sound like a surprising prediction. After all, many commentators, including Joel Fox in this space, have argued that redistricting commissions may become more important as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court decision in late June. The logic of those commentators goes…

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Redistricting: How Will Alameda County Be Represented?

ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA — Citizens concerned about how redistricting can impact election results take notice: On June 10, California State Auditor Elaine M. Howle announced that online applications were officially open for qualified Californians to apply for the 2020 Citizens Redistricting Commission. Applications are still being sought—the deadline to apply is August 9, 2019—and some…

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The Supreme Court Determines the Fate of Political Representation

On Thursday, June 27 the Supreme Court made its final legal decisions regarding the future of political representation nationwide. From partisan gerrymandering to citizenship status in the census, the two legal cases were decided in 5 to 4 rulings. In regards to citizenship status in the national census, the Supreme Court has ruled that the citizenship question…

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Gerrymandering Decision Could Energize California Model Around the U.S.

By a 5-4 vote, the United States Supreme Court turned back challenges to partisan re-districting, claiming the issue of gerrymandering was a political question outside the purview of the court. For those activists around the country who feel the drawing of electoral districts offer unfair representation as created by the party in power in state…

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Capitol Weekly Podcast: Elaine Howle on redistricting

The U.S. Supreme Court’s split decision Thursday on the states’ gerrymandering of political districts was the perfect set-up for today’s episode of the Capitol Weekly Podcast: State Auditor Elaine Howle sat down with Capitol Weekly’s John Howard and Tim Foster to talk about the process for choosing the 14 members of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.   That panel…

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What the Supreme Court’s gerrymandering decision means for 2020

The Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday that federal courts cannot determine whether election maps are too partisan has raised the stakes for the 2020 election, leaving room for both parties to draw gerrymandered district lines with little fear of a high court legal challenge. Critics had hoped that the Supreme Court would deal a blow to…

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California Democrats unveil redistricting reform bill after Supreme Court partisan gerrymandering ruling

A group of California Democrats unveiled legislation Friday to place new requirements on how congressional districts are redrawn a day after the Supreme Court ruled that courts can’t resolve partisan gerrymandering claims. The bill, led by House Rules Committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) along with Reps. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) and Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), would require…

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Capitol Weekly Podcast: Elaine Howle on redistricting

The U.S. Supreme Court’s split decision Thursday on the states’ gerrymandering of political districts was the perfect set-up for today’s episode of the Capitol Weekly Podcast: State Auditor Elaine Howle sat down with Capitol Weekly’s John Howard and Tim Foster to talk about the process for choosing the 14 members of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. That panel will…

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Gerrymandering Decision Could Energize California Model Around the U.S.

By a 5-4 vote, the United States Supreme Court turned back challenges to partisan re-districting, claiming the issue of gerrymandering was a political question outside the purview of the court. For those activists around the country who feel the drawing of electoral districts offer unfair representation as created by the party in power in state…

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What is gerrymandering? Breaking down the impact of the Supreme Court’s latest decision

WASHINGTON — What is gerrymandering and what did the Supreme Court decide about it on Thursday? That’s the question a lot of people are asking right now. ABC7 News spoke to a political expert to break it all down and explain why it matters to you. What is gerrymandering? It’s a process where the boundaries of legislative…

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Partisan Gerrymandering: Courts Should Keep Out of the Debate

For the past few years, liberals have been pushing the courts to declare that partisan redistricting — the consideration of politics when drawing the boundaries of legislative districts — violates the Constitution. In fact, we are awaiting a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on this issue in two cases out of Maryland and North…

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CRC Exposes the Fallacy of Independent Redistricting

Proposals to reform the way states apportion districts to select members for the House of Representatives are gaining traction across the country. Just this year, the House of Representatives passed legislation to require all states to appoint independent redistricting commissions–thereby stripping statehouses of their power to draw congressional district maps. In this study, CRC’s Michael…

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