Redistricting http://www.kunc.org en Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provision Of Voting Rights Law http://www.kunc.org/post/supreme-court-strikes-down-key-provision-voting-rights-law <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-96_6k47.pdf">By a 5-4 decision</a>, the Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act that establishes a formula to identify states that may require extra scrutiny by the Justice Department regarding voting procedures.<p>The decision focuses on <a href="http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/vot/misc/sec_4.php">Section 4 of the Act</a>.<p>Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts writes that the decision "in no way affects the permanent, nationwide ban on racial discrimination in voting found in Tue, 25 Jun 2013 15:33:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 46284 at http://www.kunc.org Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provision Of Voting Rights Law Political Battles Still Dog Redistricting In California http://www.kunc.org/post/political-battles-still-dog-redistricting-california In most states, the power to draw lines for political districts rests with legislators. In recent years, California voters have tried to make the process less political by taking it out of lawmakers' hands. Wed, 29 May 2013 06:52:00 +0000 Richard Gonzales 44978 at http://www.kunc.org Political Battles Still Dog Redistricting In California In Florida, An Email Trail On Redistricting Raises Questions http://www.kunc.org/post/florida-email-trail-redistricting-raises-questions Florida voters in 2010 approved constitutional amendments by nearly 2-to-1 margins that forbade state legislators from coordinating with political parties or favoring incumbents when drawing new congressional districts.<p>So what did lawmakers in Tallahassee do? The Republican leaders in charge of drawing new maps coordinated with Republican Party consultants to protect Republican incumbents.<p>How do we know? Tue, 05 Feb 2013 19:40:00 +0000 S. V. Date 39766 at http://www.kunc.org Geography, Not Gerrymandering, May Explain GOP's Hold On House http://www.kunc.org/post/geography-not-gerrymandering-may-explain-gops-hold-house Some Democrats complain that Republicans in recent decades have had the edge in House races because GOP state legislatures have been better at the gerrymandering game. Except that may not be true.<p>Some political experts believe there's an easier explanation, and perhaps a tougher one for Democrats to overcome: Voters supporting Republican House candidates, they say, are spread over more congressional districts than those who support Democrats. It's that simple. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 22:46:00 +0000 Frank James 36521 at http://www.kunc.org Geography, Not Gerrymandering, May Explain GOP's Hold On House Incumbents Face Off In Illinois After Redistricting http://www.kunc.org/post/incumbents-face-illinois-after-redistricting Redistricting is forcing a handful of congressional incumbents of the same party to run against each other in primaries. On March 6, Rep. Marcy Kaptur defeated fellow liberal Democrat Rep. Dennis Kucinich in Ohio.<p>And next Tuesday, two conservative Republicans square off in Illinois.<p>The scene is the newly drawn 16th Congressional District, which covers mostly rural territory in the northern part of the state, curving around the suburbs and exurbs of Chicago, from the Wisconsin border north of Rockford to the Indiana border east of Kankakee.<p>The race pits 10-term veteran Rep. Fri, 16 Mar 2012 21:55:00 +0000 David Schaper 24101 at http://www.kunc.org Incumbents Face Off In Illinois After Redistricting