Schwarzenegger lending muscle to Wisconsin’s case against gerrymandering

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Six years after leaving the California governorship, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s work in politics has moved behind the scenes, specifically supporting a nationwide campaign against gerrymandering. One way he’s doing that is by matching donations to a fund that will help Common Cause participate in a case at the Supreme Court challenging maps drawn by Wisconsin Republicans. > The Economist

State files first brief to U.S. Supreme Court in gerrymandering case

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State lawyers defending Wisconsin’s 2011 redistricting plan filed their opening brief Friday with the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that the high court should throw out the lawsuit brought by a group of state Democratic voters because they have “recycled arguments this court has already rejected, while attacking a plan that complies with traditional redistricting principles.” > Wisconsin State Journal

ICYMI: Wisconsin gerrymandering plaintiff pens TIME op-ed

Nation Goes To The Polls In Contentious Presidential Election Between Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump

In “purple” states, both parties compete for statewide offices. Both parties should also have a chance to elect state legislative majorities. Anything else is not democracy.Voters should choose their legislators. Instead, in Wisconsin and in many other states, legislators have chosen their voters. > Time.com

If SCOTUS rules against partisan gerrymandering, how soon could it shake up elections?

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The Supreme Court will take a serious look at partisan gerrymandering in the fall when it considers Wisconsin’s case, which could jeopardize voter maps across the country and potentially help Democrats regain control of Congress. But even if the news is good (a considerable if), how long before it would impact an election? > The Hill

A Wisconsin Republican looks back with regret at voter ID and redistricting fights

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Republican efforts to impose voter ID laws and redraw election districts both wound up in federal court. Former Wisconsin state Senator Dale Schultz talked with ProPublica about how he ended his 30 years in state politics lamenting the recent displays of partisanship.

Editorial: Wisconsin maps prove gerrymandering mangles democracy

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Last week the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments on whether Wisconsin’s partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional. It’s a big deal not just for Wisconsin, but for the rest of the country. And it’s not just something that’s good for Democrats – gerrymandering diminishes constituents’ power no matter the party. > The Cap Times

Milwaukee County becomes 19th to urge state Legislature to create nonpartisan redistricting panel

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The Milwaukee County Board voted 16-2 last week on a resolution urging the Republican-controlled Legislature to create an independent panel responsible for redrawing voting districts that don’t favor one political party over another. That makes it the 19th county to do so since 2011. Wisconsin has 72 counties. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel