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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers waves to his family as he gets ready to deliver his State of the State address in the Assembly Chambers at the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Wisconsin Republicans dismiss nonpartisan redistricting plan

Jan. 23, 2020 1:37 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' plan to create a nonpartisan redistricting commission to draw Wisconsin's electoral maps may put pressure on the Republicans who control the Legislature to consider an alternative plan, but it won't force them to do anything differently next year and GOP...

Court orders North Carolina to pay $102K in remapping case

Jan. 23, 2020 5:02 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The state of North Carolina must pay over $102,000 to the winning side in a recent legislative redistricting case and the outside expert who helped analyze redrawn district lines, state judges have ruled. A three-judge panel directed the bill to legislative leaders who were sued by...

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers acknowledges applause before his State of the State address Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 at the Capitol in Madison, Wis. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Evers unveils plan to tackle Wisconsin's farm crisis

Jan. 22, 2020 9:25 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers extolled lawmakers during his State of the State speech Wednesday to work together to address the state's farm crisis, calling a special session of the Legislature as part of a three-prong attack to tackle the problem that's seen a record number of...

NJ inmates to be counted as residents of their district

Jan. 22, 2020 7:51 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Inmates in New Jersey will now be counted as residents of their most recent address when it comes to drawing the state's legislative districts. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill into law Tuesday that will change how the state's political power is distributed when it comes to...

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, speaks at a town hall meeting in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Democrats swarm industrial Iowa to prove they can beat Trump

Jan. 22, 2020 9:40 AM EST

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) — Since their surprise loss to Donald Trump in 2016, Democrats have struggled with how to regain territory that long supported the party before suddenly flipping to Republicans. Their answer could lie with voters like Martie Boyd. The 71-year-old retired insurance worker is a...

Attorneys challenge Oklahoma redistricting initiative

Jan. 21, 2020 5:25 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An initiative petition that seeks to prevent partisan gerrymandering of legislative districts is unconstitutional because it contains multiple subjects and should be thrown out, an attorney argued before the state Supreme Court on Tuesday. The petition seeking a public vote on whether...

Editorial Roundup:

Jan. 21, 2020 4:00 PM EST

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. January 17, 2020 Time for action Gov. Eric Holcomb has a good grasp of Indiana's strengths and challenges. His fourth annual message to citizens and lawmakers Tuesday night contained a string of proposals that could make Indiana a better place to live and do business. But good...

In this January 11, 2020 photo former congressman, US Senate and Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks before a crowd of campaign volunteers for Eliz Markowitz in Katy, Texas. Markowitz is an educator running for district 148 of the Texas state house. O'Rourke and other national Democrats have endorsed Markowitz, her race is being viewed as a bellwether for national politics in 2020. (AP Photo/ John L. Mone)

2020's first big test? Not Iowa, but a tiny Texas House race

Jan. 18, 2020 6:20 PM EST

KATY, Texas (AP) — Beto O'Rourke is livestreaming again. Joe Biden and Julián Castro are making their presence felt. Mike Bloomberg has knocked on doors and outside groups are running TV attack ads. On the brink of 2020's first big contest, it all screams high stakes. Not in Iowa. This is just for a...

GOP eyes shakeup of Pennsylvania's Democratic-majority court

Jan. 18, 2020 9:22 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — For the first time in three decades, Republicans in Pennsylvania are facing the redrawing of legislative and congressional districts without a friendly state Supreme Court majority to referee disputes, but perhaps not for long. Legislation to amend the state constitution is...

FILE - In this July 26, 2017, file photo, a member of the gallery tries to display her sign while lawmakers convene during a joint select committee meeting on redistricting in Raleigh, N.C. Republican wins in state legislatures in 2010 put them in a commanding position to draw legislative and congressional maps the following year that essentially cemented their political power for a decade.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Records reveal concerns of deceased GOP redistricting expert

Jan. 18, 2020 8:39 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republican victories in state legislative and gubernatorial elections in 2010 put them in a commanding position the next year to draw new voting districts for the U.S. House and state legislatures that helped fortify Republican power for much of the following decade. But the...