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AP: GOP won more seats in 2018 than suggested by vote share

Mar. 21, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democrats won more votes, regained control of the U.S. House and flipped hundreds of seats in state legislatures during the 2018 elections. It was, by most accounts, a good year for the party. Yet it wasn't as bad as it could have been for Republicans. That's because they may...

Number of states using redistricting commissions growing

Mar. 21, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

In most places, state lawmakers and governors are responsible for drawing and approving maps for U.S. and state legislative districts following each U.S. Census. But a growing number of states are shifting the task to independent or bipartisan commissions, or making other changes intended to reduce the likelihood...

Movement toward less partisan political maps gains momentum

Mar. 21, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Frustrated by partisan gerrymandering, voters in a growing number of states have taken the pen and computer away from lawmakers who have traditionally drawn U.S. House and state legislative districts and instead entrusted that responsibility to others. In the past decade, eight...

Supreme Court expands April 23 census arguments

Mar. 15, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it will try to resolve all the legal issues about a citizenship question on the 2020 census. The justices on Friday are expanding their April 23 arguments to include whether asking about citizenship would violate the Constitution's call for a once-a-decade count of...

Democratic lawmakers grill Ross on citizenship question

Mar. 14, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic lawmakers accused Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Thursday of secretly orchestrating the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census, citing an email they say shows he misled Congress about the decision. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the chairman of the House...

Ahead of court ruling, Census Bureau seeks citizenship data

Mar. 7, 2019 3:35 AM EST

As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether the Trump administration can ask people if they are citizens on the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau is quietly seeking comprehensive information about the legal status of millions of immigrants. Under a proposed plan, the Department of Homeland Security would provide the...

Judge: Census citizenship question is a threat to democracy

Mar. 6, 2019 6:40 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census "threatens the very foundation of our democratic system" because it would cause a significant undercount of immigrants and Latinos that could distort the distribution of congressional seats, a U.S....

As Supreme Court weighs Census citizenship question, Census Bureau already seeking legal status data, AP has learned

Mar. 6, 2019 4:25 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — As Supreme Court weighs Census citizenship question, Census Bureau already seeking legal status data, AP has learned.

Trial opens in suit accusing GOP of gerrymandering in Ohio

Mar. 4, 2019 12:33 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Attorneys for voting rights groups argued Monday that Ohio Republicans' goal was to lock in a significant majority when they redrew the state's congressional map, as the trial opened in a federal lawsuit against state officials who controlled the redistricting. Democratic organizations,...

Voting rights groups' lawsuit against Ohio heads to trial

Mar. 2, 2019 8:33 AM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Voting rights groups that charge that Ohio's congressional map was unfairly manipulated by state Republicans will have their say in federal court. The trial for a lawsuit filed last year against state officials is scheduled to open Monday in Cincinnati, with a panel of three U.S. district...