Cap Times: A message from Virginia for Wisconsin Democrats

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The results from last week’s elections in Virginia, New Jersey and Washington offer Wisconsin Democrats a lot to get excited about. Surfing a rising tide of disdain for President Trump — whose approval ratings have dipped into the mid-thirties — Democrats in all three states won legislative races where they do not usually win. > Cap Times

Gwen Moore: Burdens of gerrymandering borne by communities of color

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In an NBC News article on the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision on Wisconsin gerrymandering, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore writes that Americans deserve a government that mirrors more than the Mayflower, with a democracy that works for everyone, regardless of political affiliation or racial distinctions.

Vos responds to report he swore at Kasich over Wisconsin redistricting case

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Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he chastised Ohio Gov. John Kasich for joining a brief opposing the GOP in a Wisconsin redistricting case before the U.S. Supreme Court. New York Magazine reported Sunday that Vos swore at Kasich and accused him of betraying his party during a September meeting. > Wisconsin State Journal

Rep. Jimmy Anderson: Redistricting reform won’t save us

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We need to have an honest conversation about our future. For many Democrats and our allies, we act as if winning the case challenging Wisconsin’s gerrymandered maps case will be a silver bullet for our electoral woes, believing that fairly drawn maps will solve all of our problems. This is dangerously shortsighted. > Cap Times

Counties where Trump and Walker won want to end gerrymandering, too

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More voices are joining the fight for fair voting districts, as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments last week on Wisconsin’s gerrymandered maps. Representing every corner of the state, the Wisconsin Counties Association overwhelmingly passed a resolution recently urging the Legislature to adopt a nonpartisan process for drawing voting districts. > Wisconsin State Journal

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate: Political values of state high court justices matter

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In a guest column for the Cap Times, Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Time Burns writes: Wisconsin is ultimately not dependent on the U.S. Supreme Court’s gerrymandering decision to fix our redistricting problems. Our state has a constitution, too, and any redistricting measure has to comply with it. That’s why the political values of our judges matter.

 

Wisconsin’s partisan gerrymandering gets the Sonia Sotomayor treatment

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After justices had debated abstract principles of law (and math) for nearly half an hour during Tuesday’s oral arguments, the highlight came when Justice Sonia Sotomayor posed a very simple inquiry that cut to the core of the case. > Slate