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The Battle over Partisan Gerrymandering

In June 2019, the Supreme Court decided in Rucho v. Common Cause that partisan gerrymandering claims raised “political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts.” This does not end the fight around partisan gerrymandering. At the federal level, Congress has the ability to set rules for redistricting of, at least, Congressional districts. In states …

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Packing and Cracking Districts

Partisan gerrymandering refers to “the practice of drawing electoral district maps with the intention of favoring one political party over another.” Both Democrats and Republicans engage in partisan gerrymandering when in control of redistricting. With partisan gerrymandering, minority party members can’t elect candidates in proportion to their statewide support for that party. Techniques mainly involve …

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Racial Gerrymandering – Bridging the Gap

Racial gerrymandering occurs when race unconstitutionally predominates in drawing districts and there is not a compelling state reason to do that. Complying with the Voting Rights Act (VRA) is such a compelling state reason. However, “states cannot mistakenly invoke the VRA to engage in excessive and unjustified uses of race in redistricting.” Racial gerrymandering claims …

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The Supreme Court has said Gerrymandering Is Our Problem Not Theirs. So Now What???

Last week the US Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote decided that federal judges have no power to police partisan gerrymandering.  Gerrymandering is the way that political voting district are drawn to tilt the scales to one political party over another. This ruling gives the green light to legislatures all over this country, including here …

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Who Inspires Me

Recently, I attended a power networking social with some amazing women leaders. Represented in the room were lawyers, entrepreneurs, media professionals and corporate leaders. For the ice breaker/conversation starter, we were asked to name 3 women (living or deceased) that were role models to us and why. Of course, I have a long list of …

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