Republicans Devise Electoral Vote-Rigging Scheme

By: Monday December 17, 2012 9:15 am

The asymmetry in the ways Democrats and Republicans use power can be seen in their responses to Electoral College disadvantages. When Democrats are faced with an Electoral College gap such that their Presidential candidate can win the popular vote and lose the election, they do pretty much nothing. Joe Lieberman even remarked in an exit [...]

Gerrymander, SuperPAC Cash Saved GOP’s Bacon in the House, Where They Got Less Votes

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 7:45 am

Just a brief postscript to the House elections, which as I said were really decided in Republican state legislatures in 2011 during the redistricting process. It turns out that, on a vote-by-vote basis, more Americans voted for Democrats than Republicans for Congressional seats, currently by about half a million votes. That’s subject to change once [...]

The Lasting Impact of 2010 Election: Redistricting Cementing Republican House Majority

By: Thursday October 25, 2012 1:17 pm

Whether you think that Democrats lost the House and a majority of state legislatures in 2010 because of a lack of improvement in the economy, the natural cycle of out-party gains in a midterm election, the clever use of Republican obstructionism to dampen economic performance, those damn liberals who didn’t clap loudly enough, or whatever, [...]

Ohio Provisional Ballots Case a Win for Voting Rights Activists, but Gerrymandering Still Stunts Potential Democratic Gains

By: Thursday October 11, 2012 2:05 pm

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has delivered one of the last remaining blows to voter suppression efforts across the country. And this one cements the near-clean sweep for voting rights advocates in litigation. Today, the Sixth Circuit ruled that Ohio, a pivotal state in the Presidential race, must count all provisional ballots where voters [...]

Rumors of a Settlement in Texas Redistricting Fight

By: Monday January 30, 2012 8:55 am

The Texas redistricting mess, which with a Supreme Court ruling looked to be moving in the direction of Republicans, could bounce back. The SCOTUS only ruled on which interim maps to use while a lawsuit from minority groups against the maps worked out by the legislature made its way through the courts. The underlying court [...]

SCOTUS Texas Redistricting Case Could Challenge Voting Rights Act

By: Monday January 9, 2012 9:00 am

The Supreme Court hears a case today on Texas redistricting maps that could pose a challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which forces states with a history of discrimination to pre-clear their election laws with the Justice Department. The Christian Science Monitor explains the court case: At issue is whether federal judges [...]

Arizona GOP Impeaches Independent Redistricting Commissioner

By: Wednesday November 2, 2011 9:35 am

Arizona has an independent redistricting commission, initiated by a vote of the people in 2000. The commission, by statute, includes two Democrats, two Republicans and one independent. This year the Independent Redistricting Commission came up with a map that, as David Nir explains, contained four safe GOP seats and two safe Democratic seats, with three [...]

Wisconsin GOP Loses One Round in Preventing Additional Recall Elections

By: Monday October 31, 2011 1:43 pm

I wrote last week about how Wisconsin Republicans were trying to game upcoming Senate recall elections by instituting newly gerrymandered maps into the process. The switcheroo would require legislative approval, however, and because of the loss of two seats in the last round of recalls in Wisconsin, all Senate Republicans would need to agree to [...]

Wisconsin Republicans Trying to Fast-Track New Maps for Additional Senate Recalls

By: Thursday October 27, 2011 12:22 pm

We’re about a week or so away from when activists in Wisconsin can start gathering petitions for recall elections of certain state Senators with a year in office, as well as Governor Scott Walker. And Senate Republicans, with a thin 1-vote advantage, are getting anxious. So much so that they want to change the makeup [...]

Wisconsin Republicans to Force Through Redistricting Before Final Recall Elections

By: Tuesday July 12, 2011 1:52 pm

How quickly things flip. Even as Mitch McConnell tries to negotiate the terms of Republican surrender on the debt limit, in Wisconsin, where a series of recall primary elections take place today, Republicans are not shrinking from their desires. In fact, they are moving expeditiously to cement control of the state for the next decade. [...]

Republican Calvinball in Wisconsin, Ohio

By: Monday June 27, 2011 12:56 pm

I’ve written quite a bit about the disregarding of norms by the modern Republican Party. They play a kind of Calvinball, where they make up new rules as they go along if the old ones don’t fit their ends. I have a couple examples of this today. First, let’s go to, unsurprisingly, Wisconsin, where state [...]

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