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

The Supreme Court looks poised to strike down gerrymandering. Here’s why.

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The Supreme Court is hearing arguments for a challenge to the extreme gerrymandering of the Wisconsin legislature, which enabled Republicans to capture 60 out of 99 seats in the Wisconsin Assembly with less than 50 percent of the vote. And the arguments suggest that a majority of justices may finally rule that Republicans have gone too far. > THE WEEK

The Supreme Court just might be ready to end partisan gerrymandering

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If Kennedy sides with more liberal members of the court and tips the balance against gerrymandering, that would upset the calculations of some of the most economically and politically powerful players in the country. In fact, it would launch a redistricting revolution that would only start in Wisconsin. > The Nation

U.S. Supreme Court justices begin dissecting Wisconsin’s partisan gerrymandering case Tuesday

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The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday over Wisconsin’s gerrymandered legislative map in a pivotal case that could upend how states draw voting districts. The justices questioned attorneys for just over an hour in a full courtroom as dozens of people rallied outside, calling for the justices to throw out Wisconsin’s map. > Wisconsin State Journal

The long-lasting effects of redistricting in Wisconsin

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The legal challenge that could overturn legislative maps drawn by Wisconsin Republicans in 2011 – set to be argued this month before the U.S. Supreme Court – got its start some four years ago in an unlikely place: the genteel confines of the now-shuttered Watts Tea Shop in Downtown Milwaukee. > Milwaukee Magazine

NY Times: How the Wisconsin case before SCOTUS could reshape redistricting

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How egregiously can a majority party gerrymander a political map before it violates the Constitution? The Supreme Court has tried to answer that question for 30 years. On Tuesday, it will try again, hearing arguments in a case involving the Wisconsin State Assembly that could remake the American political landscape. > NY Times