Articles Tagged 'reapportionment'
Texas redistricting discriminates against minorities, federal court says
ByÂ Robert Barnes,Â Washington Post
A federal court on Tuesday threw out Texasâ€™s redistricting plans, saying the maps drawn by the Republican-led legislatureÂ undermined the political clout of minoritiesÂ who are responsible for the stateâ€™s population growth.
The three-judge special panel in Washington said Texas could not prove that plans for the stateâ€™s congressional districts and both houses of the
New Texas redistricting map endangers Reps. Canseco, Doggett
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 …
TX: High court pressed for time in redistricting case
By Joan Biskupic, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON â€“ In a closely watched fight over Texas voting districts and the rights of Latinos,Â Chief Justice John RobertsÂ 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…
In new congressional map, Wash. gets a swing seat
ByÂ MIKE BAKER, Associated Press
OLYMPIA, Wash. â€”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…
Mass. plan could lead to incumbent duel
ByÂ ALEX ISENSTADTÂ | 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 itâ€™s not clear they will ultimately…
Redistricting sets up tussles for many seats in Congress
ByÂ Stephen DinanÂ andÂ 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 countryâ€™s biggest electoral fishing ground from the map in 2002.
But voters werenâ€™t amused. In the intervening years, they established a citizens commission to redraw the lines. In the…
Duncan, Shriver Among Names Floated in Maryland
ByÂ 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.Â Roscoe BartlettÂ (R).
Democratic Gov. Martin Oâ€™Malley signed Maryland’s new Congressional map into law today, solidifying a plan that reverses the political leanings of the currently safe Republican…
New Texas Voting Map Faces Federal Challenge
By Gary Scharrer, My San Antonio
AUSTIN â€” This year more than ever, the once-a-decade fight over new legislative and congressional districts emphasizes the growing clash between the â€œoldâ€ Texas and the â€œnewâ€ Texas, with the state’s older, whiter establishment trying to stave off a push by newer forces â€” buoyed by dramatic minority population growth â€” eager for a…
GOP using redistricting to shore up House majority
By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press
The odds of getting re-elected have gotten better for Rep. Renee Ellmers and other Republican freshmen in theÂ Houseâ€”thanks toGOP calculations in redrawing congressional maps.
The 47-year-old nurse who ousted seven-term DemocratÂ Bob Etheridge by fewer than 1,500 votes last November will be running next year in a newly drawnÂ North Carolina district that’s…
Redrawing Lines May Go Past 2012
ByÂ Shira Toeplitz, Roll Call
Think redistricting will be over next year? Think again.
Thereâ€™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…