Wisconsin’s redistricting case draws new judge

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Wisconsin’s redistricting case is headed back to a three-judge panel — but minus one of the original judges. Barabara Crabb, a U.S. district judge for Wisconsin’s western district, last week withdrew from the case without explanation. She will be replaced by a colleague in her district who was randomly assigned. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

States are the battleground in the gerrymandering wars

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Just as important as the conspicuous individual contests, under-the-radar races are the key to regaining national power, representing an opportunity to cut into the huge Republican advantage in state legislatures, which paved the way for gerrymandering congressional and state legislative seats for partisan gain. > Bloomberg

Two excellent podcasts about the gerrymandering to create ‘red maps’

NPR’s excellently produced Planet Money has produced two recent episodes on the gerrymandering of Wisconsin’s and other state’s political maps. “REDMAP” can be streamed or downloaded here, while “Ungerrymandering Florida” can be found here.

DPW chair: The fight for fair maps isn’t over

Martha Laning, chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, writes in the Cap Times that although SCOTUS decided to send Wisconsin’s legislative maps back to a lower court, meaning Wisconsinites won’t have fair maps in time for the November elections, the fight for free maps is far from over and depends on your votes in November.

Kennedy’s retirement could strike blow to Wisconsin’s redistricting

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s decision to retire sent shock waves through America’s political and legal systems Wednesday, and it may have dealt a blow to Wisconsin’s partisan gerrymandering lawsuit. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Cap Times: Scott Walker is lying to Wisconsinites about gerrymandering

Contrary to what Scott Walker said this week, the U.S. Supreme Court did not decide that Wisconsin’s gerrymandered districts are OK. Instead, it sent the case back to the lower court for further consideration. But it’s no surprise that Walker – whose power extends from the state’s gerrymandering – would spin it as he has. > Cap Times