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At oral arguments today SCOTUS conservative justices terrified of every vote counting equally. They kept invoking fear of "proportional representation" to justify extreme gerrymandering. If NC/MD maps stand gerrymandering will be even worse in 2021 motherjones.com/politics/2019/…
In 2018 NC Dems won 49% of votes but Republicans won 75% of House seats. "I propose we draw maps to give a partisan advantage to 10 Republicans & 3 Democrats, because I do not believe it’s possible to draw a map with 11 Republicans & 2 Democrats,” said GOP legislative leader
Gorsuch & Kavanaugh cited success of state-level ballot initiatives creating independent redistricting commissions as reason SCOTUS didn’t need to curb partisan gerrymandering. They didn’t mention 4 conservative justices voted to gut independent commissions in 2015
But there’s small glimmer of hope: Roberts & Kavanaugh suggested partisan gerrymandering could violate 1st amendment right to free speech. That would be big
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