Democrats condemn racist redistricting map! …for Illinois.
No, really: all three African-American Congressmen from Illinois are loudly complaining that the current redistricting map as drawn may be in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Illinois Republicans are currently suing to have the map overturned, largely on the grounds that under the usual interpretation of federal law the new map needs to have more than one majority-Hispanic district. As this | Read More »
2nd NC redistricting map more pointed than 1st one.
When the first North Carolina redistricting map came out at the beginning of July, Democrats of course bawled like stuck calves. Speaking objectively, this wasn’t a surprise: the way that it was set up, it put four Democratic Congressmen – Larry Kissell, Mike McIntyre, Brad Miller, & Heath Shuler – at a serious disadvantage in the 2012 elections. Put simply, the map threatened to flip | Read More »
First North Carolina redistricting map!
And it firmly embraces the old folk saying: What goes around, comes around. This is the first of three new maps (all of which will be coming out of the newly Republican-controlled state legislature): To give you an idea of the shift (which is already forecasting DOOM for at least three North Carolina Democrats), here’s the old map:
It’s going to hurt the Democrats quite a bit this election cycle: The one exception to this bad Democratic news is blacks. They continue to approve of the president at near-unanimous levels. But blacks midterm turnout is also traditionally low compared to white and older voters. Blacks were 13 percent of the vote in 2008. But blacks were only about 10 percent of the vote | Read More »