Articles Tagged 'reapportionment'

Texas redistricting discriminates against minorities, federal court says

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August 29, 2012

By Robert Barnes, Washington Post

A federal court on Tuesday threw out Texas’s redistricting plans, saying the maps drawn by the Republican-led legislature undermined the political clout of minorities who are responsible for the state’s population growth. The three-judge special panel in Washington said Texas could not prove that plans for the state’s congressional districts and both houses of the
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New Texas redistricting map endangers Reps. Canseco, Doggett

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February 29, 2012
By Cameron Joseph -The Hill
A Texas court has released the new interim redistricting maps for the state, giving both Democrats and Republicans a little of what they want and potentially endangering Reps. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) and Francisco Canseco (R-Texas). The new map is a major improvement for Democrats and Hispanics from the one originally proposed by the GOP, but …
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TX: High court pressed for time in redistricting case

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January 10, 2012

By Joan Biskupic, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – In a closely watched fight over Texas voting districts and the rights of Latinos, Chief Justice John Roberts aptly observed, “We are all under the gun of very strict time limitations.” Monday’s Supreme Court arguments in a case that could affect voting rights nationwide were marked by frustration among the justices. On one… READ MORE

In new congressional map, Wash. gets a swing seat

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December 29, 2011
By MIKE BAKER, Associated Press OLYMPIA, Wash. —A plan to redraw Washington’s congressional districts would create a competitive seat in northwest Washington, anchor a new district in Olympia and create the state’s first majority-minority district in the Seattle area.
The proposal released Wednesday dramatically reshapes the map on the western side of the state to make room for the… READ MORE

Mass. plan could lead to incumbent duel

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November 8, 2011
By ALEX ISENSTADT | Politico
Massachusetts lawmakers unveiled a draft congressional map Monday that pits two Democratic incumbents against each other in the same district, setting the stage for another potential member vs. member match-up.
Under the plan, Democratic Reps. Stephen Lynch and Bill Keating are paired in the same South Boston-area district.
But it’s not clear they will ultimately… READ MORE

Redistricting sets up tussles for many seats in Congress

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November 7, 2011
By Stephen Dinan and Sean Lengell-The Washington Times The last time California redrew its congressional districts, Republicans and Democrats cut a deal to preserve all the incumbents, essentially erasing the country’s biggest electoral fishing ground from the map in 2002.
But voters weren’t amused. In the intervening years, they established a citizens commission to redraw the lines. In the… READ MORE

Duncan, Shriver Among Names Floated in Maryland

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October 21, 2011
By Abby Livingston, Roll Call The behind-the-scenes jockeying among Democrats is well under way in Maryland’s redrawn 6th district, with high-profile Montgomery County names eyeing the race to take on Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R).
Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley signed Maryland’s new Congressional map into law today, solidifying a plan that reverses the political leanings of the currently safe Republican… READ MORE

New Texas Voting Map Faces Federal Challenge

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September 20, 2011
By Gary Scharrer, My San Antonio
AUSTIN — This year more than ever, the once-a-decade fight over new legislative and congressional districts emphasizes the growing clash between the “old” Texas and the “new” Texas, with the state’s older, whiter establishment trying to stave off a push by newer forces — buoyed by dramatic minority population growth — eager for a… READ MORE

GOP using redistricting to shore up House majority

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August 24, 2011
By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press The odds of getting re-elected have gotten better for Rep. Renee Ellmers and other Republican freshmen in the House—thanks toGOP calculations in redrawing congressional maps.
The 47-year-old nurse who ousted seven-term Democrat Bob Etheridge by fewer than 1,500 votes last November will be running next year in a newly drawn North Carolina district that’s… READ MORE

Redrawing Lines May Go Past 2012

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August 3, 2011
By Shira Toeplitz, Roll Call Think redistricting will be over next year? Think again.
There’s a possibility that several key states will go into overtime, with lawsuits dragging the process past the 2012 elections. The scenarios range from lawmakers having to file for re-election in their current district and then refile later in a redrawn one to, in the… READ MORE
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