Redistricting http://wyso.org en Washington Gridlock Rooted In Gerrymandering http://wyso.org/post/washington-gridlock-rooted-gerrymandering <p>The way states draw congressional districts may be a contributing factor to the dysfunction of today's political climate, according to <a href="http://www.mydaytondailynews.com/news/news/national-govt-politics/unfair-district-maps-blamed-for-broken-congress/ncJ6y/?icmp=daytondaily_internallink_textlink_apr2013_daytondailystubtomydaytondaily_launch" target="_blank">an investigation</a> by the Dayton Daily News published earlier this week. While gerrymandering is nothing new, it's now much easier. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 19:46:23 +0000 Emily McCord 43671 at http://wyso.org Washington Gridlock Rooted In Gerrymandering Ohio Senate Wants to Change Redistricting Process http://wyso.org/post/ohio-senate-wants-change-redistricting-process <p>A bipartisan proposal to change the way Ohio draws state legislative and congressional lines has cleared the state Senate with almost unanimous support.</p><p>The resolution would create a seven-member commission to draw all maps, and at least one minority party member would have to approve the boundaries.</p><p>The House isn't expected to act on the proposal and that chamber's vote is needed to put the measure before voters.</p><p>Sen. Frank LaRose, a co-sponsor, said the Senate plan could serve as a roadmap for discussion next year.</p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 13:04:00 +0000 Associated Press 26382 at http://wyso.org Issue 2 - The Redistricting Amendment - Fails Big http://wyso.org/post/issue-2-redistricting-amendment-fails-big <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal; font-size: 13px; font-family: verdana, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-variant: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 19px; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); ">Both the statewide issues failed. Issue 1 would have convened a constitutional convention, and state lawmakers were hoping it wouldn’t pass so they could continue with an appointed commission which will make recommendations on changes to the constitution. And Issue 2 would have taken the power to draw the maps for state and federal lawmakers out of legislators’ hands and put it with a 12-member citizens’ panel. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 11:05:41 +0000 Karen Kasler (Ohio Public Radio) 24732 at http://wyso.org Ohio Voters Reject New Political Mapmaking Panel http://wyso.org/post/ohio-voters-reject-new-political-mapmaking-panel <p>Ohio voters have rejected a proposal to change the process for redrawing state legislative and congressional maps.</p><p>Issue 2 lost after a fight that pitted voter advocacy groups and unions against business interests and the Ohio Republican Party. Lawyers' groups split on the issue.</p><p>The constitutional amendment would have created a 12-member citizen commission to redraw Ohio's political districts every decade. It was prompted by discontent over the maps approved by the state Legislature in 2011.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 10:17:58 +0000 Associated Press 24722 at http://wyso.org Re-Mapping American Politics: The Redistricting Revolution Fifty Years Later http://wyso.org/post/re-mapping-american-politics-redistricting-revolution-fifty-years-later <p>Alongside the Presidential nomination process, the most prominent American political news stories these days are about the heated, high-stakes struggles over redistricting. The modern era of reapportioning state and federal legislative districts began almost exactly a half century ago when the U.S. Supreme Court decided <i>Baker v. Carr</i> (1962). Sun, 15 Jan 2012 14:00:00 +0000 15136 at http://wyso.org Re-Mapping American Politics: The Redistricting Revolution Fifty Years Later