Tag: Redistricting and Reapportionment

House Holds Barr and Ross in Contempt Over Census Dispute

WASHINGTON — The House voted Wednesday evening to hold Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress for their refusal to turn over key documents related to the Trump administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The citations for two cabinet officials, approved 230-198, […]

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If the Supreme Court Won’t Prevent Gerrymandering, Who Will?

Progressives have long looked to federal courts to guard the rights of racial minorities and dissenters. But that protection is weakening. Faced with the enormous injustice of partisan gerrymandering, the Supreme Court last month permitted politicians drawing election district maps to discriminate by party and even potentially mask their racial “packing” and “cracking” as mere […]

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The Long History of the U.S. Government Asking Americans Whether They Are Citizens

When Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross ordered the Census Bureau to attach a question on citizenship to the 2020 census, the first argument he used to back up his decision was also the simplest: We’ve always asked. The question has been “a longstanding historical practice,” he wrote, “asked in some form or another for nearly 200 […]

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The President and the Census

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Federal courts keep rejecting President Trump’s attempts to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census. But no matter what the courts decide, the president may have already achieved his goal. [For an exclusive look at how […]

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How to Fight Gerrymandering Now

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. John Roberts and the four other Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices last month gave their approval to extreme gerrymandering, which means that federal courts will no longer be able to reject political maps drawn for partisan reasons. That’s […]

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It’s Not Just the White House in 2020. The Power to Draw Maps Is Also at Stake.

DALLAS — Only hours after the United States Supreme Court said it could do nothing to stop partisan gerrymandering of the nation’s political maps, Eric H. Holder Jr. had a message for his fellow Democrats in downtown Dallas. “Texas is a place where we have to win,” Mr. Holder, who served as attorney general during […]

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Is Joe Biden 2020’s Jeb Bush?

Gail Collins: Bret, the president’s been putting on quite a performance. Cavorting with Kim Jong-un in the DMZ and joking with Vladimir Putin about Russian interference in our presidential election, hehehe. Next, he’s planning to expropriate the traditional Independence Day celebration in Washington and turn it into some kind of Donald Does Democracy personal extravaganza. […]

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Gerrymandering and the Rising Risk of a Monopoly on Power

ImageProtesters outside the Supreme Court on Thursday.CreditCarlos Barria/Reuters At some point or another over the last decade, Democrats have won the most votes but lost national elections for the presidency, the House and the Senate. Partisan gerrymandering is just one of the reasons the Democrats are at such a disadvantage. But the Supreme Court’s decision […]

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Kamala Harris’s Moment, Voting Rights, Yet Another Candidate: This Week in the 2020 Race

Every Saturday morning, we’re publishing “This Week in the 2020 Race”: a quick way to follow the presidential campaign and the field of 24 candidates for the Democratic nomination. Trust us, we know how hard it is to keep up. ImageSenator Kamala Harris of California confronted Joseph R. Biden Jr. in a memorable exchange on […]

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With No Supreme Court End to Gerrymandering, Will States Make It More Extreme?

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — For most of this decade, North Carolina Democrats have complained that the Republican-led legislature has aggressively altered the state’s voting rules and redrawn electoral maps to secure an overwhelming partisan advantage. On Thursday, the United States Supreme Court said it couldn’t do anything about it. The decision by the justices not to […]

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The Supreme Court Isn’t as Naïve as Trump Hoped

The Supreme Court affirmed a basic rule of the operation of government on Thursday: Federal agencies have to give believable reasons for the actions they take. The justices applied that rule to stop the Trump administration, at least for now, from wrecking the 2020 census. The decision in Department of Commerce v. New York shouldn’t […]

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Supreme Court Gives a Victory to G.O.P. on Gerrymandering and to Democrats Opposed to Census Citizenship Question

WASHINGTON — In a pair of decisions with vast implications for the American political landscape, the Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a victory to Republicans by ruling that federal courts are powerless to hear challenges to extreme partisan gerrymandering but gave a reprieve to Democrats by delaying the Trump administration’s efforts to add a question […]

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The Supreme Court’s Green Light to Partisan Gerrymandering Will Drag It Down Further Into the Mud

The Supreme Court decision on Thursday in Rucho v. Common Cause purports to take federal courts out of the business of policing partisan gerrymanders and leave the issue for states to handle. But the decision will instead push federal courts further into the political thicket, and, in states with substantial minority voter populations, force courts […]

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Politicians Can Pick Their Voters, Thanks to the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to serve as an arbiter for what counts as extreme partisan gerrymandering, opening the door for politicians of both parties essentially to pick their voters, disfavoring parties that are not in power. The decision is anathema to America’s democratic ideals. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in a majority decision […]

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Why the Supreme Court’s Rulings Have Profound Implications for American Politics

WASHINGTON — In two rulings that bore huge implications for American politics and governance, the Supreme Court handed Republicans a key victory by refusing to halt even the most extreme gerrymandered maps and potentially gave Democrats a win by at least delaying the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The two bitterly […]

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Supreme Court Leaves Census Question on Citizenship in Doubt

WASHINGTON — In a setback for the Trump administration, the Supreme Court on Thursday sent back to a lower court a case on whether the census should contain a citizenship question, leaving in doubt whether the question would be on the 2020 census. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., writing for the majority, said the […]

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What Is Gerrymandering? And Why Did the Supreme Court Rule on It?

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the federal courts cannot decide a question with momentous political consequences: Whether congressional district maps in Maryland and North Carolina that were drawn specifically to tilt political power in favor of one party — a practice known as partisan gerrymandering — are acceptable. District courts had thrown the […]

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Supreme Court Says Constitution Does Not Bar Partisan Gerrymandering

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled against the challengers opposed to partisan gerrymandering, the practice in which the party that controls the state legislature draws voting maps to help elect its candidates. The vote in two cases was 5 to 4, with the court’s more conservative members in the majority. The court appeared […]

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The Supreme Court Is Due to Rule on Gerrymandering. What’s That?

The Supreme Court is expected on Thursday, the last day of its term, to rule on a question with momentous political consequences: Whether congressional district maps in Maryland and North Carolina are unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders, unfairly benefiting Democrats in Maryland and Republicans in North Carolina. When the court heard arguments in the two cases in […]

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