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.
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Dem calls for House inquiry into foreign payments to Trump hotel
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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
Qatar Air plans court claim in Gulf spat, condemns ICAO inaction
There is $18 billion due to banks that have cut ties with Qatar, most of it short-term deposits, Al Jaida said. A base in Qatar houses the headquarters of United States air power in the Middle East.
Jun 21 2017
Coalition shoots down Iran-made drone in Syria
Russian Federation has previously threatened to take military action in response to USA attacks on its allies elsewhere in Syria . "We do not want to continue this everyday [as it] distracts from our goal to defeat" the Islamic State , he said.
Jun 20 2017
Doctors: Scalise remains critical, but 'excellent recovery' possible
Scalise "continues to show signs of improvement", MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement Saturday evening. On Thursday, the hospital reiterated that Scalise will need more operations and will be in the hospital "for some time".
Jun 19 2017
Theresa May pledges £5M for Grenfell Tower victims
The residential tower was built in 1974 and had been extensively refurbished in works that were completed previous year . Very early in the morning on Wednesday, a fire erupted in high rise apartment building Grenfell Tower in West London .
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 18 2017
Zidane can stay at Real Madrid for life, says Perez
At the end of the 25th season of the Champions League , Ronaldo is the first player to score in three of the competition's finals. The 4-1 win over Juventus allowed Madrid to become the first team to win back-to-back titles in the Champions League era.
Jun 18 2017
American Student Freed By North Korea Arrives Home
Otto Warmbier , a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, was released after 17 months of detention in the communist nation. Hours before Otto was scheduled to land, there was a row of reporters standing outside the airport, lined up facing the runway.
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
Kamala Harris, California Senator and Woman of Color, Makes Jeff Sessions 'Nervous'
After asserting that investigation was fairly far out in the weeds, Cotton posed his first question to Sessions . Senate Intelligence Committee member Sen . "Senators will allow the chair to control the hearing", Burr replied.
Jun 17 2017
Gambia Refuses To Take Sides In Saudi Arabia-Qatar Dispute
There is no prospect that the crisis will deepen, and the deal between the U.S. and Qatar is another indication in this direction. However, a few days later, the State Department insisted that the harsh economic sanctions are "hindering" the war effort.
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