Supreme Court rules 5-4 that independent panels can draw election district lines

(New content recently added: Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina. Also, Mike Pence as well as voting record on RFRA and RFRA “Fix.” – Admin.) Justices rule 5-4 that independent panels can draw election district lines The Washington Post By Robert Barnes 5/29/15 A divided Supreme Court on Monday said voters concerned that partisan gerrymandering is creating unfair elections are entitled to take reapportionment away from state legislatures. The court ruled 5 to 4 that the Constitution does not give legislatures exclusive control over congressional redistricting and said voters may vest … Continue reading

In a Break From Partisan Rancor, Ohio Moves to Make Elections More Competitive

The New York Times
By Trip Gabriel
12/20/14

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Of 435 House races in November, only a few dozen were considered competitive — a result of decades of drawing district lines for partisan advantage, generally by state legislatures. But in an era of hyperpartisan gerrymandering, which many blame for the polarization of state and national politics, Ohio took a step in the opposite direction last week. With the support of both parties, the Ohio House gave final approval Wednesday to a plan to draw voting districts for the General Assembly using a bipartisan process, intended to make elections more competitive…The plan explicitly prohibits maps drawn to favor or disfavor one party… (more)

Voters deserve more: Why Hoosiers should demand an end to gerrymandering

Star Editorial Board Opinion Ind’pls Star November 2, 2014 Politics and understatements seldom go together, but here’s one: It’s been a quiet election cycle in Indiana. In part that’s because none of the perceived big races — governor, U.S. Senate, president — are on the ballot this year. An even bigger reason, however, is the fact that the great majority of the contests that voters will decide on Tuesday aren’t truly competitive. In most years, until recently, at least a couple of congressional seats in Indiana could be expected to … Continue reading

Commentary: A day for the disenchanted voter

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com November 5, 2014 INDIANAPOLIS – The 2014 election has a clear winner. Anger. None of the candidates for office at the state or national level elicited much enthusiasm. In fact, the polls tracking public approval ratings for Democrats and Republicans indicate that both parties are just slightly more popular than the common cold.  The public’s disgust with – and distrust of – politicians, regardless of their political affiliations, rarely has been higher. In Florida, for example, the two candidates for governor – Republican incumbent Rick Scott … Continue reading

End gerrymandering to get Congress moving

Ind’pls Star October 15, 2013  The government shutdown is reminiscent of the 1995-96 game of “chicken” between Democratic President Bill Clinton and Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich. That drama was resolved fairly quickly when it became clear the public had no patience for taking the government hostage, but gerrymandering ensures we will not see a quick resolution this time. There are many reasons for our dysfunctional Congress, but one which is glaringly obvious is the way gerrymandered districts can produce unresponsive legislators unconcerned about working for the greater good. If … Continue reading