Louisiana attorney general Jeff Landry is the clear favorite to succeed Gov. John Bel Edwards, but will he prevail? Meanwhile, there seems to be no end to redistricting fights as prominent cases continue in Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, New Mexico and New York.
The state’s Supreme Court will consider whether gerrymandering in congressional district maps is unconstitutional. According to some analysis, only seven House districts had a 25 percent chance of going for either party.
The state Supreme Court dismissed two lawsuits, ending legal challenges against the use of 2022 congressional district maps previously deemed unconstitutional. The move could benefit both parties, especially three Democrats who won competitive races last year.
Second Judicial Circuit Judge J. Lee Marsh rebuffed Gov. Ron DeSantis’ claim that mandatory protections for Black voters violated the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which could pave the way for Democrats.
One-time county prosecutor, state lawmaker, state attorney general and auditor Betty Montgomery has been a vocal critic of the state’s failed proposal, known as Issue 1, to require a supermajority for constitutional amendments.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that Alabama’s congressional map was a violation of the Voting Rights Act, and plaintiffs in two Florida court cases are optimistic that the ruling will set a precedent.
Thirty-nine state governments are now “trifectas.” It’s not the kind of government the Constitution's framers wanted.
The six districts will give residents a way to regulate certain aspects of development, such as building height and size, off-street parking, architectural style and more. But experts think it will make neighborhoods less affordable.
Out of the 236 races for the state’s General Assembly that occurred last year, just five of them had competitors’ final tallies within seven percentage points. Eighteen district races were competitive the year prior.
City Council President Paul Krekorian believes that when it comes to establishing a redistricting commission, state lawmakers may not be aware of or understand the nuances of making good policy at the city level.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit accusing the city commissioners of dividing the voting map along racial lines to allegedly weaken the political power of Black voters. The lawsuit asks for an entirely new map.
The new district lines would center the city in three assembly districts, instead of the current five. The commission wants to create districts with roughly the same population sizes, without unnecessarily splitting cities.
The two Texas communities in Tarrant County have little in common, but state lawmakers united them under the same Senate district in an act of “defensive gerrymandering,” essentially guaranteeing a GOP advantage.