Trial date set for Wisconsin redistricting case


The trial date for a federal lawsuit challenging Republican-drawn legislative boundaries in Wisconsin has been set for April. After the U.S. Supreme Court this summer declined to take the original case saying Democrats who brought it lacked standing, Democrats filed a new lawsuit last month. > AP News

Wisconsin gerrymandering trial will likely be held in April, judge says


A federal judge said Tuesday a trial would likely be held in Wisconsin’s gerrymandering lawsuit in April so that the U.S. Supreme Court can consider the case as early as the fall of 2019. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Documents, including email from Leah Vukmir, cast new light on partisan motivations of redistricting

Wisconsin’s Republican legislative leaders have said the voting district maps they drew last year were not aimed at political advantage, but new documents made public Tuesday show they discussed ways to increase the number of “safe” and “leaning” GOP districts and to protect conservative incumbents. > Wisconsin State Journal

Concerns over Schimel’s re-election prompt GOP lawmakers to retain private attorney in redistricting case


State Assembly leaders have hired a private attorney to intervene in a lawsuit over Wisconsin’s legislative map and will seek to dismiss the suit if a judge allows them to intervene. The decision is based, in part, on the potential of Republican AG Brad Schimel losing re-election in November, court records show. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Assembly leaders from both parties eye November win

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Minority Leader Gordon Hintz outlined competing post-election agendas at a forum Tuesday. Hintz said that if state Democrats gain power in the Assembly after the November election, the first bill introduced would be legislation to redraw political boundaries he says now favor Republicans. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Evers planning reforms if elected governor

Democrat Tony Evers proposed a host of reforms this week that he plans to implement should Wisconsin voters elect him as governor, including automatic voter registration for 18-year-olds, nonpartisan redistricting and an inspector general to serve as a watchdog over state government. > AP News

Dems pinning hopes on momentum, but GOP has advantage of money and maps


Democrats have momentum and an electoral mood tilting in their favor as they seek to overturn GOP majorities in the state Legislature this November. Republicans, however, have money — a lopsided edge in campaign cash — and a map that gives Democrats few easy pickup chances. > Eau Claire Leader-Telegram