Redistricting

Activists at the Supreme Court opposed to partisan gerrymandering hold up representations of congressional districts from North Carolina, left, and Maryland, right, as justices hear arguments about the practice of political parties manipulating the boundary of a congressional district to unfairly benefit one party over another, in Washington, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Democrats and Republicans eagerly await the outcome of cases from Maryland and North Carolina because a new round of redistricting will follow the 2020 census, and the decision could help shape the makeup of Congress and state legislatures over the next decade. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
March 26, 2019 - 4:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's conservative majority sounded wary Tuesday of allowing federal judges to determine when electoral maps are too partisan, despite strong evidence that the political parties drew districts to guarantee congressional election outcomes. The decisions in two cases...
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, the Supreme Court is seen at sunset in Washington. A long-delayed disaster aid bill that’s a top political priority for some of President Donald Trump’s GOP allies is facing a potentially tricky path as it heads to the Senate floor this week. Although the measure has wide backing from both parties, the White House isn’t pleased with the bill and is particularly opposed to efforts by Democrats to make hurricane relief to Puerto Rico more generous. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
March 26, 2019 - 12:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court arguments over whether the political task of redistricting can be overtly partisan (all times local): 11:55 a.m. The Supreme Court seems wary of getting federal judges involved in determining when electoral district maps are too partisan. The high court...
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, the Supreme Court is seen at sunset in Washington. A long-delayed disaster aid bill that’s a top political priority for some of President Donald Trump’s GOP allies is facing a potentially tricky path as it heads to the Senate floor this week. Although the measure has wide backing from both parties, the White House isn’t pleased with the bill and is particularly opposed to efforts by Democrats to make hurricane relief to Puerto Rico more generous. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
March 25, 2019 - 12:16 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Last year, proponents of limiting partisan politics in the creation of electoral districts needed to win over Justice Anthony Kennedy. They couldn't. The issue is back before the Supreme Court again, with arguments on Tuesday, and it might be harder than ever to convince the...
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FILE- In this Feb. 2, 2019, file photo former Virginia Governor and U.S. Sen. George Allen, right, talks with supporters during a stop in Bristol, Va. Allen was on a five-city town hall tour of Virginia to discuss the need for nonpartisan and transparent redistricting reform during this year's General Assembly session. In Vermont, a commission submits plans for state House and Senate districts to the state Legislature, which can approve or change them. (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP, File)
March 21, 2019 - 3:44 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Frustrated by partisan gerrymandering, voters in a growing number of states have taken the pen and computer away from lawmakers who have traditionally drawn U.S. House and state legislative districts and instead entrusted that responsibility to others. In the past decade...
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March 18, 2019 - 4:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems to be struggling with how to resolve a case that could help flip control of the Virginia House of Delegates to Democrats. The justices on Monday heard arguments in a case about the map Virginia was using to choose House delegates. A lower court said the map...
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FILE - In this July 26, 2016 file photo, former Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Holder says he’s not running for president in 2020. In a Monday opinion piece in The Washington Post, Holder, a Democrat, says he’ll focus on redistricting, the process of reconfiguring electoral districts. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 04, 2019 - 8:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Attorney General Eric Holder says he's not running for president in 2020. Holder, a Democrat, said in a Monday opinion piece in The Washington Post that he'll focus on redistricting, the process of reconfiguring electoral districts. Holder served under President Barack...
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In the Feb. 7, 2019 photo, Liberal-backed Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Lisa Neubauer speaks about her race against fellow appeals court Judge Brian Hagedorn in Madison, Wis. Neubauer is backed by liberals while Hagedorn has conservative support in a closely watched race that's officially nonpartisan. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)
February 10, 2019 - 10:50 am
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin liberals hope to take a key step this spring toward breaking a long conservative stranglehold on the state's Supreme Court, in an election that could also serve as a barometer of the political mood in a key presidential swing state. If the liberal-backed candidate...
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House Speaker, Del. Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, presides over the House during the session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. A panel of federal judges has chosen a redistricting map for Virginia's House of Delegates that could shift some districts toward Democrats and help the party regain control in this year's election. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
January 23, 2019 - 6:31 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A panel of federal judges has chosen a redistricting map for Virginia's House of Delegates that could shift some districts toward Democrats and help the party gain control in this year's election. The judges ordered a new map in June after ruling that lawmakers had racially...
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January 10, 2019 - 1:43 pm
A busy year of legal battles is getting underway over allegations that hundreds of legislative districts across the country were illegally drawn to disadvantage certain voters or political parties. First up is a court hearing Thursday in Virginia, where a federal judicial panel is reviewing...
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January 04, 2019 - 4:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is plunging back into the issue of whether electoral districts can be too partisan. Disputes have arisen in cases involving North Carolina's heavily Republican congressional map and a Democratic congressional district in Maryland, and the justices said Friday...
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