Latest Redistricting News

Redrawn districts inject uncertainty in legislative contests

Sep. 22, 2022 08:34 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Democrats in Pennsylvania who have long blamed their party's legislative minorities on Republican gerrymandering will find out in November whether friendlier district maps will edge them closer to retaking control of the House and Senate. Nearly 400 state...

Ohio chief justice: New redistricting amendment needed

Sep. 15, 2022 18:28 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's efforts to curb gerrymandering are not working and voters must once again amend the constitution to take politics completely out of the process, the retiring chief justice of the state Supreme Court said Thursday. The current redistricting commission,...

House OKs bill to curb political interference with census

Sep. 15, 2022 16:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House passed legislation Thursday intended to make it harder for future presidents to interfere with the once-a-decade census that determines political power and federal funding, a move that comes in response to the Trump’s administration’s failed effort to make a...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Sep. 14, 2022 14:48 PM EDT

Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice. September 13, 2022. Editorial: State creates, ignores addiction Gambling enables state legislators to bring in revenue indirectly. By taxing gambling operations, politicians remove themselves a step from the people who truly pay the tax...

Census meddling is targeted in bill, recommendations

Sep. 13, 2022 14:00 PM EDT

Democratic lawmakers intent on making sure that unprecedented efforts by the Trump administration to politicize the 2020 census never happen again are moving forward with plans for safeguards they say will help the U.S. head count stay free of future interference. Democratic House...

New congressional maps dilute Black power, critics say

Sep. 04, 2022 10:04 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — When Press Robinson registered to vote in South Carolina in 1963, he was handed a copy of the U.S. Constitution and told to read it aloud and interpret it. Robinson, then a college sophomore, wasn’t surprised. He heard stories from others in the South’s...

Maryland court was 1 vote short of rejecting legislative map

Sep. 03, 2022 10:20 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s highest court was one vote away from rejecting a map of state legislative districts last April. The Baltimore Sun reports that rejecting the map could have further delayed the state’s July 19 primary. In April, the Maryland Court...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Sep. 01, 2022 01:40 AM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. August 25, 2022. Editorial: DeSantis and Cabinet badly botched FDLE appointment It’s one of the most important hiring decisions a Florida governor can make, and it happened this week. But nobody noticed (until now), and maybe that was the...

NC Rep. Hanig switches chambers with Senate appointment

Aug. 30, 2022 13:46 PM EDT

CURRITUCK, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina House member has officially joined the state Senate — the chamber that he's already campaigning to serve in for the next two years. Republican Rep. Bobby Hanig of Currituck County was the choice of GOP activists in several northeastern...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Aug. 24, 2022 18:48 PM EDT

Greensboro News and Record. August 22, 2022. Editorial: So, will this idea fly? As more hopeful news emerges on the Boom Supersonic front, some skeptics still wonder whether the upstart passenger aircraft manufacturer is talking faster than it ever will fly. ...