Jun 21 2017
The case, which the court will hear in the nine-month term that starts in October, could open the way for a new wave of election litigation.
But the dozen plaintiffs - voters - said the evidence laid out in a trial in the Wisconsin case showed that "Republican legislative leaders authorized a secretive and exclusionary mapmaking process aimed at securing for their party a large advantage that would persist no matter what happened in future elections".
In the election following adoption of the new maps, Wisconsin Republicans got just 48.6 percent of the statewide vote, but captured a 60-to-39 seat advantage in the State Assembly. In 2014, the party garnered 52 percent of the vote and 63 state Assembly seats. The justices have never struck down a state's electoral map because it was unfairly partisan, though they have outlawed gerrymandering along racial lines.
The Republican party now controls a majority of state legislatures and, thus, re-districting in most states.
The fifth and decisive vote was cast by Justice Anthony Kennedy, who left the door open to revisiting the issue if a manageable test could be found for evaluating how much is too much partisanship.
President Trump tweets confirmation he's under investigation
Mueller served as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation under the Bush and Obama administrations from 2001 to 2013. If the dominos continue to fall, one of five assistant attorneys general or the solicitor general would assume the role.
Special counsel investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice
Trump is not the only one under scrutiny, Barrett said: Investigators are also looking into the finances of Trump associates. The NSA said in a statement that the "NSA will fully cooperate with the special counsel".
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Their pursuit of raw political power and unfair partisan advantage undermines the integrity of our elections and shakes the foundations of our democracy. "The right and freedom of every citizen to meaningfully participate in choosing who works for them in the legislature must be protected and I am hopeful that our highest court will do that by finding what politicians did in Wisconsin is unconstitutional", said Sen.
Wisconsin Republicans drew the maps in 2011 after they took full control of state government in the 2010 elections. In other districts, Democrats were so well represented it limited voters' ability to elect Democrats in other districts. They say their rights were violated by Republican-drawn maps that pack Democratic voters into blue legislative districts, in turn, making competitive districts more favorable to Republicans.
Four justices - only Justice Clarence Thomas remains of that group - said it was not the court's business to make such decisions.
In the past, the courts have deferred on answering whether partisan gerrymandering is constitutional or not for the simple fact that it inserts the judiciary into a "political question". After all, the Court's 1962 Baker v. Carr one-person-one-vote decision on districting had been an unprecedented intervention in the American political process, but also one that could be implemented by a simple formula yielding consistent outcomes and little need for ongoing supervision (take the number of people in a state and divide by the number of districts). Partisan gerrymandering has distorted our political system and disenfranchised voters for far too long.
Late past year a lower federal court, splitting 2-1, adopted a modified form of this efficiency gap test and struck down Wisconsin's map. But the high court could ultimately establish a new limit on the role politics plays into redistricting. "In this case, a lower court held that Wisconsin had indeed crossed that line".
Jun 21 2017
US House speaker Paul Ryan vows to complete tax reform in 2017
But Republicans continue to disagree on various components of a tax bill, in addition to whether tax reform should be permanent. Paul Ryan is delivering a "major speech" on taxes today at the National Association of Manufacturers conference.
Jun 21 2017
3300 dead since central Congo conflict in August
But the report will carry considerable weight in a country where about 40 per cent of the population identifies as Catholic.
Jun 20 2017
Barclays Africa says "no obligation" to pay SA govt
Absa‚ which has not yet seen the report that contains the order‚ said it would study it before a possible legal review. She also said the government and the Reserve Bank had failed in their role.
Jun 19 2017
Republicans Divided as Trump Reverses Some Obama Cuba Policy
White House officials also said it's the category most ripe for abuse, with Americans using it to skirt the tourism ban. Trump on Saturday flew for the first time to Camp David, the government-owned retreat in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains.
Jun 19 2017
Trump again acknowledges he's under investigation
The Post reported on Wednesday that Mueller was investigating Trump to prove whether the president attempted to obstruct justice. Trump fired Comey in May, just as the FBI was investigating ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.
Jun 18 2017
UK's Hammond says economy should be priority in Brexit talks
Mr Hammond's remarks will be seen as a bid to soften the terms of Britain's exit, 72 hours before formal talks begin on Monday. A spokesman for his Department for Exiting the European Union said Britain had been "crystal clear" about its approach.
Jun 18 2017
Trump confirms probe over Comey firing
Rosenstein, born in Pennsylvania, joined the Justice Department in 1990 and moved up the organization over the span of 27 years. But she would also have the conservative perspective on executive branch - which gives the president abundant authority.
Jun 17 2017
Rickie Fowler leads US Open on day of highs and lows
Open record for the lowest first-round score in relation to par and there was as a sea of red on the leaderboard. The tempestuous Spaniard was a trendy pick to win this week, but the ebbs and flows of Erin Hills gave him fits.
Jun 17 2017
Russia Says It May Have Killed ISIS Leader in Airstrike
She noted that the Russians have said they are still investigating whether al-Baghdadi was actually at the meeting they bombed. Sputnik also claimed that Syrian state television reported on Sunday that al-Baghdadi was killed in a US -led airstrike.
Jun 16 2017
Trump delays effective date of travel ban amid court battle
The order also suspends the nation's refugee program for 120 days and imposes a new limit on the number of refugees accepted. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a judge's ruling that blocked the temporary ban on refugees as well.
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