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 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.
All of the state’s legislative seats are up for election but due to the new political maps, there is little doubt about which party is favored in the majority of races. Democrats may gain five seats, but it won’t be enough to take the majority.
A political action group, a coalition of block clubs and nine city voters have filed a lawsuit against the city in an attempt to nullify the Common Council boundaries, claiming the districts should be more inclusive and racially balanced.
Members of the Los Angeles City Council can draw district lines themselves, thereby determining not only which voters they will represent, but also which businesses, institutions and other public assets are within those boundaries.
As they have in recent terms, the court’s conservative majority may set aside precedents and create major change in areas such as affirmative action and voting rights.
The city will reduce its number of voting precincts by nearly 40 percent, which is expected to save as much as $2 million. However, the reduction also means that many voters’ polling places will change for the November election.