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Insiders unveil GOP years-long scheme to gerrymander USA and undermine democracy
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Insiders unveil GOP years-long scheme to gerrymander USA and undermine democracy
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How the Republicans rigged Congress — new documents reveal an untold story

Quote:Hofeller, the master GOP mapmaker and white-haired veteran of the most important decennial wars in politics, delivered a presentation called “Redistricting 2010: Preparing for Success.” What he laid out that Monday morning, apparently for the first time before Republican state legislators, explains why the Republican Party now dominates all levels of American politics despite a polarized and closely divided electorate that generally tends to favor Democrats. It was the GOP strategy to reinvent the gerrymander.

If there is to be a blue wave in 2018, it will need to overcome a red seawall that was exactingly designed beginning a decade ago and has proven impermeable in state after state ever since. Even in Virginia last November, Democrats won nearly a quarter of a million more votes than Republicans — and it still wasn’t enough to overcome district lines rigged to guarantee the GOP a built-in advantage. In Alabama, where Doug Jones recently became the first Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate in decades, disgraced GOP candidate Roy Moore still carried six of the state’s seven gerrymandered congressional districts.

Those kinds of results — Democrats winning more votes, Republicans holding more seats — have become almost commonplace this decade. It’s not a coincidence.

The visionaries at the Republican State Leadership Committee, who designed the aptly-named strategy dubbed REDMAP, short for Redistricting Majority Project, managed to look far beyond the short-term horizon. They designed an audacious and revolutionary plan to wield the gerrymander as a tool to lock in conservative governance of state legislatures and Congress.

It proved more effective than any Republican dared dream. Republicans held the U.S. House in 2012, despite earning 1.4 million fewer votes than Democratic congressional candidates, and won large GOP majorities in the Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and North Carolina state legislatures even when more voters backed Democrats.

Now new court documents, previously unrevealed emails and once-secret internal documents — most revealed here for the first time — uncover how early the Republican planning began, how comprehensive the redistricting strategy was and how determined conservative operatives were to dye America red from the ground up. It’s the story of how strategists wooed deep-pocketed donors to contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars (often in untraceable dark money) and convinced them that winning state legislative seats offered the best opportunity for enduring GOP control at a bargain-basement price.

It’s the behind-the-scenes narrative of how Republicans set their sights on 107 state legislative seats in 16 states, with the goal of pushing dozens of U.S. House seats into their column for a decade or longer. It captures their glee as 2010 turned into a big red wave year, and GOP strategists defended all their state chambers, expanded their push deep into Democratic country and caught the other side flat-footed in a deeply consequential year.

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The head of the committee to elect House Republicans admits that gerrymandering is keeping them all in their jobs.
Quote:Republicans ran a coordinated effort to rig districts in Congress and state houses after the 2010 elections, packing together Democratic voters in few districts and spreading GOP voters out over several. As a result, Republicans have won far more seats in Congress than the popular vote actually dictated.

In an interview on Politico’s “Off Message” podcast, Stivers admits the public is furious with Donald Trump, and that ordinarily, Trump would be a drag in most competitive districts.

But Stivers couldn’t actually name a single battleground district where he’d want Trump to campaign. And in any case, Republicans can still retain their majority, and they have gerrymandering to thank for that.

“I think it starts with the congressional lines,” said Stivers.

When asked whether that proves they rigged elections, Stivers was evasive. “You can say that, but the people elected them,” he said, completely contradicting his admission that district lines matter at all.

The recent spate of court battles proves just how much this issue matters. A series of federal court rulings have come down against North Carolina Republicans for illegally trying to reduce the number of majority-black and majority-Democratic districts, while the Supreme Court is considering another case out of Wisconsin.

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Hey look everyone, more political derp!

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spɹɐʍoɔ snoɯʎuouɐ  Wrote: (02-05-2018 05:57 PM)
Quote:The 2016 presidential contest was awash with charges that the fix was in: Republican Donald Trump repeatedly claimed that the election was rigged against him, while Democrats have accused the Russians of stacking the odds in Trump's favor.

Less attention was paid to manipulation that occurred not during the presidential race, but before it -- in the drawing of lines for hundreds of U.S. and state legislative seats. The result, according to an Associated Press analysis: Republicans had a real advantage.

The AP scrutinized the outcomes of all 435 U.S. House races and about 4,700 state House and Assembly seats up for election last year using a new statistical method of calculating partisan advantage. It's designed to detect cases in which one party may have won, widened or retained its grip on power through political gerrymandering.

The analysis found four times as many states with Republican-skewed state House or Assembly districts than Democratic ones. Among the two dozen most populated states that determine the vast majority of Congress, there were nearly three times as many with Republican-tilted U.S. House districts.

Traditional battlegrounds such as Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida and Virginia were among those with significant Republican advantages in their U.S. or state House races. All had districts drawn by Republicans after the last Census in 2010.

The AP analysis also found that Republicans won as many as 22 additional U.S. House seats over what would have been expected based on the average vote share in congressional districts across the country. That helped provide the GOP with a comfortable majority over Democrats instead of a narrow one.

Republicans held several advantages heading into the 2016 election. They had more incumbents, which carried weight even in a year of "outsider" candidates. Republicans also had a geographical advantage because their voters were spread more widely across suburban and rural America instead of being highly concentrated, as Democrats generally are, in big cities.

Yet the data suggest that even if Democrats had turned out in larger numbers, their chances of substantial legislative gains were limited by gerrymandering.

"The outcome was already cooked in, if you will, because of the way the districts were drawn," said John McGlennon, a longtime professor of government and public policy at the College of William & Mary in Virginia who ran unsuccessfully for Congress as a Democrat in the 1980s.

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spɹɐʍoɔ snoɯʎuouɐ  Wrote: (02-06-2018 10:28 AM)
Pennsylvania’s gerrymandered House map was struck down — with huge implications for 2018

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled last month that the state’s US House of Representatives map was based on a Republican partisan gerrymander that violated the state’s constitution — and struck the map down. But the state GOP made a last ditch appeal to the US Supreme Court, hoping justices would stay the decision.

That effort has now failed. On Monday, the US Supreme Court announced that it wouldn’t put the Pennsylvania ruling on hold — a decision that effectively makes clear the state will get a new House of Representatives map for this fall’s elections.

Pennsylvania’s government now has until February 15 to get a new map through the legislature and signed into law. If they fail to do so — a likely prospect, since the state has a Republican-controlled legislature and Democratic governor — the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will take over the process and institute a new map. (The court has a Democratic majority.)

The new Pennsylvania map has the potential to be a very big help to Democrats’ efforts to regain control of the House of Representatives in 2018, because the state’s old map was one of the most biased toward Republicans in the country.

To get a sense of how powerful Pennsylvania’s gerrymander was, consider that, in 2012, Democratic candidates won slightly more votes in US House elections and Barack Obama won the state. But the state’s 18 House seats didn’t split 9-9 between the parties — instead, Republicans won 13 seats there, and continued to win them for the rest of the decade.

Republicans currently hold the majority in the entire House of Representatives by 24 seats (assuming no special elections result in partisan change) — and the Pennsylvania gerrymander could be responsible for three to four of those seats. That’s a massive amount when you keep in mind that it’s just one state.

Yet just how much the new map will improve the situation for Democrats depends on its specifics. After all, simple geography (where Democrats and Republicans have chosen to live) makes a 9-9 map difficult to put together based on existing political borders.

Still, the ruling comes at a time when Democrats already sensed opportunity in Pennsylvania. A combination of retirements, scandals, and suburban voters’ repulsion of Trump have rattled the GOP’s House delegation there. The existing map was so tough for Democrats that they were wary of setting their sights too high — so a new one could be a major help.

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Quote:Hofeller reminded the legislators that the Democrats had dominated this process in 1990, with complete control over 172 seats while Republicans owned merely five. By 2000, GOP prospects had improved, narrowing the GOP edge to 135-96. Republicans, Hofeller said, could do even better in 2010. Along with Lynn Westmoreland, a Georgia congressman, he laid out the details: The party would target control of state legislative chambers that either party held by five or fewer seats. They’d double down on states where the governor had veto power over the maps. And there would be plenty of money to fund key campaigns, upgrade technology, recruit and train candidates — and then to guarantee that every state legislature had a redistricting lawyer and litigator.

That money, these newly revealed internal RSLC documents reveal, began flowing from early 2008 fundraising appeals that were already focused directly on post-2010 redistricting.

“The more Republicans we can elect to state house chambers this year, the stronger our Party will be as we confront the redistricting decisions that will follow the 2010 Census,” wrote Scott Ward, then the RSLC’s president. Ward hoped to raise $1.5 million before April 2008. This would be a “’must win’” battle,” he continued, “and we must start now to gain the upper hand!”

When Ed Gillespie took charge of the RSLC, however, targets expanded from direct-mail small-fry to boardroom big-shots. These new documents reveal the first two PowerPoints that Gillespie brought on the road, looking to reel in $30 million from GOP whales: Big Oil, Altria, Walmart, AT&T and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The first, from December 2009, was primitive and unpolished. It even suggested that the 2010 census would take place in 2011.

Perhaps its most important detail is buried in the appendix: Thirty-eight legislative chambers in 19 states will control the drawing of 253 congressional seats. This report even laid out the number of credible candidates and credible targets in each of those state chambers. But the goal was clear: Gillespie and Jankowski explained to donors that they were “drawing maps for the next five elections” and that “whoever controls that process controls the drawing of maps — shaping the political landscape for the next 10 years.”

By early 2010, the presentation had become sophisticated and precise. Its opening pages, revealed here, are titled “Congressional Redistricting: Drawing Maps for the Next Five Elections,” and it begins with a question: “How do we create 20-25 new Republican Congressional districts over the next five cycles and solidify a Republican Congressional majority?” The answer? “Control the redistricting process!”

“Maps matter,” the RSLC presentation continues. It calls maps the first tool in winning elections.




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The Democrats have been scheming longer than that.

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Picking a side, and pointing your jew finger at the other isn't very smart
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A strange thing will happen during Tuesday’s Ohio primary election: One of the most pro-Republican-gerrymandered states in the country will put an actual bipartisan deal to reform gerrymandering in front of its voters.

Issue 1, or the Congressional Redistricting Procedures Amendment, will be up for a statewide vote, and its prospects look good. Three months ago, it got overwhelming support in the state House and passed the state Senate unanimously. Both party establishments are on board with the reform, as are business and labor groups in the state. And activist groups are generally either supportive or neutral.

“There’s no organized opposition that we know of,” says Keary McCarthy, who’s working on the bipartisan campaign in favor of the measure.

So why would the Ohio Republican Party — which has controlled the governorship, dominates the state legislature, and drew the maps of its dreams in 2010 — sign on to a deal that could limit its power to gerrymander in the future?

The answer lies in the plan itself. Under it, the legislature would have to try to come up with a new map supported by a big bipartisan majority. If they fail, however, a one-party map could still pass — but it would now expire after four years, rather than the current 10.

Reformers see this as a clear improvement on the status quo, which gave the minority party little recourse. The Ohio GOP, though, sees it mostly as a way to preserve that status quo — fearing that if they didn’t cut a deal for here, a more radical measure could have gained support and passed through a separate ballot initiative.

“I think it largely enshrines the process that we have,” says Republican state Sen. Matt Huffman. “It still leaves it in the hands of the majority party in the legislature, because people elected the majority party to make these decisions. But it also enshrines the concept of minority rights.”

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Ohio has one of the most gerrymandered congressional maps in the country


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The North Carolina GOP’s Plan to Deceive Voters About Its Radical Ballot Measures
Step 1: Call for a special legislative session.

In November, North Carolina voters will have an opportunity to approve six constitutional amendments proposed by the state’s Republican-dominated Legislature. These amendments range from silly to atrocious, and a majority are designed to prevent the state’s Supreme Court and Democratic governor from protecting voting rights. But voters may have little idea what any of the amendments do, because Republicans have hatched a plan to give themselves the power to write the ballot language without any input from Democrats.

The North Carolina GOP decided to alter the state constitution for a few reasons. First, they hoped to drive up Republican turnout by tossing some red meat to the base. Second, they want to stop Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper from expanding access to voting rights by stripping him of his constitutional authority to oversee state elections. Third, and relatedly, they want to prevent the left-leaning state Supreme Court, and the rest of the judiciary, from striking down GOP-sponsored voter suppression laws. (A federal appeals court struck down Republicans’ previous voter ID law, ruling that it appeared to “target African Americans with almost surgical precision.”)
North Carolina Republicans’ machinations do not reflect any particular political or legal philosophy.

To achieve these goals, Republicans put forward two proposed amendments that target the franchise. The first compels voters to show ID before casting a ballot but does not explain what kinds of ID are necessary and what exceptions might apply. (Legislative Republicans will fill in those details if voters approve the amendment.) The second would prohibit the governor from appointing commissioners to the powerful state elections board, instead giving that task to legislative leaders. It would also require the board to be made up of four Democrats and four Republicans. Currently, the governor is constitutionally empowered to appoint a majority of commissioners from his own party. The amendment, then, would create a perpetually deadlocked election board with no power to expand suffrage under Democratic governors.

A third amendment would give the Legislature authority to whittle down the list of nominees whom the governor could appoint when a judicial vacancy arises. (Republicans have already shrunk the size of the state Court of Appeals to prevent Cooper from filling several vacancies.) A fourth caps the state income tax at 7 percent. (It’s already below 6 percent and scheduled to continue falling.) A fifth creates a constitutional right “to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife.” And a sixth provides rights to crime victims and their families.

That last amendment, known as Marsy’s Law, is almost as dangerous a threat to civil liberties as the voter suppression proposals, though it draws more bipartisan support. Bankrolled by billionaire Henry Nicholas, the Marsy’s Law campaign attempts to enshrine “victims’ rights” in state constitutions. But as the American Civil Liberties Union has explained, these measures undermine due process, limiting the ability of the accused to obtain evidence proving their innocence and develop their defense at trial. If this amendment passes—and it probably will—the legal presumption of innocence will be turned upside down.

But Marsy’s Law, much like the hunting and income tax amendments, is not the centerpiece of the GOP’s constitutional revisions. The amendments stripping Cooper of his power and implementing voter ID are the heart of this scheme, and Republicans are determined to pass them by any means necessary.

That includes lying to voters about what the new laws would do. In 2016, the GOP Legislature passed a bill governing the summaries of constitutional amendments that appear on the ballot. These summaries, known as “captions” or “titles,” are vitally important, because they introduce many voters to the proposals for the first time. That 2016 law tasked a three-member panel—the attorney general, the secretary of state, and the legislative services officer—with writing the captions. At the time, the composition of this panel would’ve skewed 2–1 Republican.

Just months later, though, Democrat Josh Stein won the state attorney general’s race. The secretary of state is still Elaine Marshall, a seemingly unbeatable Democrat who has served since 1996. Only the legislative services officer, Paul Coble, is a Republican. Now that Democrats have a 2–1 edge on the panel, Republican House Speaker Tim Moore has decided that they might “misrepresent and politicize” the captions. So Republican leadership took the highly unusual step of calling a special legislative session to change the 2016 law before ballots are printed and give themselves authority over the phrasing of the amendments. It’s quite unusual for a Legislature as a whole to determine ballot titles, which do often tilt the outcome of elections. Many states rely on nonpartisan commissions or election officials to draft this language. Regardless, North Carolina’s unorthodox new bill is sailing through the Legislature.

Republicans have already proffered their preferred captions—and, unsurprisingly, they are highly misleading. The election board amendment, if passed, would seize an immense amount of power from the governor. But you’d never guess that from the GOP caption, which speaks vaguely of “clarify[ing] the appointment authority of the Legislative and Judicial Branches.” The amendment shrinking the governor’s ability to fill judicial vacancies is framed as “implement[ing] a nonpartisan merit-based system.” A voter with little background knowledge of these measures might assume that they tinker with the administration of elections and the judiciary. She would never guess that they fundamentally overhaul the balance of power between the branches of government, aggrandizing the Legislature’s authority at the expense of the governor, and at the expense of citizens’ right to vote.

But thanks to a racial gerrymander that has been ruled illegal, Republicans hold a supermajority in both houses and will likely override Cooper’s inevitable veto. It will fall on voters to educate themselves about the amendments before they go to the polls, and to spread the word that, however benign they might seem, these proposals represent yet another effort to slash the governor’s power in pursuit of disenfranchisement.

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It's a republic, not a democracy. And the only thing being undermined is the constitution.
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another Demoncrats election rigging scam they've been running for years...it would shock most of you to know that entire districts have their votes regularly voided by the Dems non stop false accusations of Gerry mandering...good to have corrupt filth in high places legitimizing your voter fraud
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another Demoncrats election rigging scam they've been running for years...it would shock most of you to know that entire districts have their votes regularly voided by the Dems non stop false accusations of Gerry mandering...good to have corrupt filth in high places legitimizing your voter fraud

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another Demoncrats election rigging scam they've been running for years...it would shock most of you to know that entire districts have their votes regularly voided by the Dems non stop false accusations of Gerry mandering...good to have corrupt filth in high places legitimizing your voter fraud

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Just like anything critical of Orange Fuhrer is FAKE NEWS! What a joke.
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