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(Mis)Representations by Gerry Mander

“The Daily Show’s” Jason Jones discusses the “art” of gerrymandering with redistricting consultant Kimball Brace, a man who won’t stop drawing ludicrous new districts even after he’s run the country into the ground. The only thing left to do is honor this artist with a gallery exhibit that shows how he uses color to change the face of American politics.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE



Immigration Reform Passes, Rep. Duckworth Shames IRS Contractor, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s latest concern about NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden and how we’re already seeing results from the Supreme Court’s monumentally bad Voting Rights Act decision.

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 READ MORE



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How Dark Money Helped Republicans Hold the House

In the November election, a million more Americans voted for Democrats seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives than Republicans. But that popular vote advantage did not result in control of the chamber.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 READ MORE



Office of the Speaker/Bryant Avondoglio

Elections Are Shrinking

The voters in Ohio’s 8th District had better be happy with Republican Rep. John Boehner. They have no choice.

Posted on Nov 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Three Recent Supreme Court Decisions That Reveal Dangerous Intentions

As the country waits in fear and loathing for the high tribunal to drop the dime on Obamacare, we might do well to parse the damage Chief Justice John Roberts and his colleagues have already done this term to our collective rights and liberties.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Redistricting, a Devil’s Dictionary

Redistricting should be a way of ensuring your vote counts. But instead of voters choosing politicians, the practice often works the other way around. The right lines can all but guarantee an incumbent a decade’s worth of electoral success, or help send others into retirement.

Posted on Nov 6, 2011 READ MORE


Here We Go Again: Reform in California

Forget the midnight ride of Paul Revere, Callista Gingrich’s jewelry collection and Anthony Weiner’s ... well, you know. The most important political people right now are 14 Californians you don’t know.

Posted on Jun 15, 2011 READ MORE


While You Were Sleeping, California Made New Election Laws

Politicians have ways of protecting themselves from ordinary people, but Californians have passed a series of ballot measures mandating that election districts—from school boards to Congress—be redrawn by 14 randomly selected citizens.

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE



Dominican University of California / George Nikitin (CC-BY-ND)

Californians Put Down Their Joints, Give Jerry Brown Another Shot

In a state where personal marijuana use is virtually legal, Californians decided not to go all the way and decriminalize recreational marijuana consumption. Defying the national trend, however, Golden Staters just said no to Republican rule. (More results after the jump)

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE



Truthdig / Peter Scheer

Redrawing the Political Map

A little-noticed California proposition could limit the kind of partisan gerrymandering that Republicans and Democrats have used to influence elections around America for decades. But is that a good thing?

Posted on Dec 11, 2008 READ MORE


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Dems Grow Majority in Congress

Democrats picked up another House seat on Tuesday when a victim of Texas redistricting ousted the incumbent in a Supreme Court-ordered runoff election. The upset victory brought the Dems’ total gain of House seats to 30.

Posted on Dec 13, 2006 READ MORE


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From Fox News via Newsbusters

If Ginsburg Fell Asleep, So Did Media

Did Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg fall asleep while hearing a key redistricting case—as Fox charges? If so, most traditional media outlets didn’t report it.
A conservative website poses an interesting question here: if Justice Thomas or Scalia fell asleep, would most news outlets ignore that, as well?

Posted on Mar 3, 2006 READ MORE


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