Thursday, December 17, 2015

UPDATE. Redistricting: What It's All About in Wisconsin

Dear Barbara, If there are 'significant challenges', as you say, that can only mean the deck is stacked against we, the people.  

As quoted in Federal judges allow gerrymandering lawsuit to proceed.  (, 12/17/2015)

Consider a small sample of the evidence.

Original post from 8/1/2012 begins here.

Documents cast new light on redistricting process; reveal partisan motivations.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 7/31/2012, with bold added.)

Let's take a look at some of these compact districts.

We'll start with the district in which I now reside.

forcing Sondy Pope-Roberts (D- Town of Middleton) to reconsider her options. 

Here's my favorite.

More than half of Jefferson County,
3 townships in Dane County

which left Andy Jorgenson (D-Fort Atkinson) out in the cold.
57 miles from east to west.

Here's a view of the district from a statewide perspective......

Did Leah Vukmir get her wish?

Let's use the 15th Assembly District, part of her 5th Senate District, as the prime example.

Hello, Waukesha County!  (Lots more GOP.)  Goodbye, City of Milwaukee.
And, as a result, Tony Staskunas (D-West Allis) decides to retire after serving 16 years in the State Assembly.

West Allis gets split four ways in redistricting. Legislative decision rankles various city and state officials. (West Allis Now, 8/10/2011)

And in two districts, federal judges took issue with the alleged goal of "maximum minority representation".

Related articles:
Voces applauds redistricting ruling. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3/22/2012)
Federal judges slam GOP lawmakers over redistricting secrecy.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2/16/2012)

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