Did Wisconsin’s gerrymandering cause women Assembly losses?


Why did 28 women running for the Legislature lose? Even more interesting: Of those 28 women who lost, 27 were Democrats. Democratic Rep. Greta Neubauer, of Racine, said: “Republican gerrymandering worked exactly as it was designed. Statewide, Assembly Democrats overall received 54 percent of total votes cast — but we hold just over one-third of the Assembly seats.” > Urban Milwaukee

Redistricting bill to be proposed in Madison, again


A state senator is looking to reintroduce a bill that would change how Wisconsin redraws its Senate and Assembly districts in 2020. Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) is hoping to initiate a legislative change that would move the responsibility of drawing voting maps from potentially biased legislators to an independent entity. > Racine Journal Times

Thompson diagnoses gerrymandering problem, but not ready to embrace Iowa solution

As elder statesman of Wisconsin politics and the Republican Party, Tommy Thompson wants to change how voting districts are drawn to reduce partisanship at the statehouse and in Congress. “We’ve got to be able to make districts more competitive.” > Wisconsin State Journal

After Dem sweep of statewide offices, evidence of Wisconsin’s gerrymandering seems obvious

Despite Democrats winning every statewide office on the ballot and receiving 200,000 more total votes, Republicans lost just one seat in Wisconsin’s lower house this cycle. Why? Democratic minority leader Gordon Hintz says: “The biggest obstacle remains gerrymandering. There are only a handful of districts that are remotely competitive.” > Isthmus

Judges permit state Assembly to join Wisconsin gerrymandering lawsuit


A panel of federal judges has approved the state Assembly’s request to join Wisconsin’s gerrymandering case partially on the grounds of the state’s post-election landscape. The GOP-controlled Assembly earlier this fall had requested to join the case with the reasoning a new AG could fail to adequately defend the state’s political maps. > Wisconsin State Journal

Political analyst: Evers can help make political districts fairer

Political analysts from western Wisconsin say the biggest benefit of Tony Evers being elected governor for state Democrats may not happen until it’s time to draw new political districts, with the election of a Democratic governor making the 2021 process substantially different than it was 10 years ago. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Election results strengthen partisan gerrymandering case, says group that sued over maps

Tuesday’s election, in which Democrats won every statewide race but failed to gain any ground in the state Legislature, illustrates again the degree to which legislative maps are rigged against Democratic voters, according to a group suing over the fairness of those maps. > Wisconsin State Journal