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Stephen Wolf @PoliticsWolf
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Awesome news for redistricting reform! The U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to hear the GOP's appeal paves the way for more state supreme courts to use their state constitutional guarantees of the right to vote & "free elections" to ban gerrymandering like PA's Supreme Court did
North Carolina (Antia Earls) & Michigan (Sam Bagenstos & Megan Kavanagh) have key 2018 supreme court races where progressives can gain the power to use their state constitutions to constrain gerrymandering. State supreme courts are the future of anti-gerrymandering litigation
This is why North Carolina Republicans are plotting to pack the NC Supreme Court & flip it to GOP in December if Dem Anita Earls loses & their deceptive judicial gerrymandering amendment passes. Vote Earls & no on all 6 NC constitutional amendments #NCpol dailykos.com/story/2018/9/7…
Here's how we can strike a critical blow against GOP gerrymandering: Elect more Democratic governors who can veto bad maps & appoint state supreme court justices who will strike them down. These are the key governor's races for 2020s redistricting dailykos.com/story/2018/7/1…
They do, but when GOP sued all to the Supreme Court over it in 2015, Roberts wrote an angry dissent that would've stricken it down while Kennedy was the key vote to uphold. SCOTUS could soon invalidate all voter-initiated laws for congressional elections
Exactly. John Roberts may be an enemy of voting rights & a friend of GOP gerrymandering, but he isn't a burn-it-all-to-the-ground nihilist to achieve those goals like Gorsuch & Thomas
NEW: In a groundbreaking development in the fight for #FairMaps, the U.S. Supreme Court paves the way for state supreme courts to strike down GOP gerrymanders by rejecting the GOP's appeal of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling curtailing gerrymandering dailykos.com/stories/2018/1…
PA's Supreme Court threw out the GOP congressional gerrymander & replaced it with a much fairer map. 2018 Dems are poised to win 4-7 more seats than they did in 2012-2016 thanks to the map & this year's Dem wave. See its electoral & demographic stats here: dailykos.com/stories/2018/2…
A good counterpoint of caution that this outcome isn't set in stone. But the Supreme Court's decision not to take up the Pennsylvania GOP's appeal is still an encouraging sign for redistricting reform
If redistricting happened today, Republicans would draw half of congressional districts & Dems less than 10%, very similarly to after 2010. But 2018's governor & state supreme court elections give Dems a huge chance to change that for fairer maps dailykos.com/stories/2018/1…
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