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Editorial Roundup: New England

Sep. 17, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. September 14, 2021. Editorial: 4 reasons CT still needs Gov. Lamont’s emergency powers It’s still too early to end Gov. Ned Lamont’s emergency powers, though it seems a lifetime since the legislature first granted him...

Plan proposes big changes in Iowa's congressional districts

Sep. 16, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s four congressional districts would include two that lean heavily toward Republicans, one that favors Democrats and one that both parties would have a chance at winning under proposed redistricting maps released Thursday by a nonpartisan agency. ...

Ohio redistricting panel OKs 4-year plan along party lines

Sep. 16, 2021 01:00 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The powerful new redistricting panel in Ohio failed on Wednesday to reach the bipartisan consensus necessary to pass a 10-year map of state legislative districts based on 2020 census totals. After hours of negotiations ahead of a midnight deadline,...

Redistricting panel releases competing NY political maps

Sep. 15, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Republicans and Democrats on an independent commission tasked with drawing new political maps instead drew criticism Wednesday when they failed to agree on what they should look like and released competing versions. The state’s loss of a...

Arizona redistricting panel OK's starting-point grid map

Sep. 14, 2021 20:21 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona commission charged with redrawing maps for congressional and legislative districts every decade approved its basic starting-point grid maps Tuesday, kicking off a months-long process with huge political implications where the boundaries will be heavily tweaked...

Census: Relief programs staved off hardship in COVID crash

Sep. 14, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Massive government relief passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic moved millions of Americans out of poverty last year, even as the official poverty rate increased slightly, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday. The official poverty measure rose 1...

Census experts find no political influence in state totals

Sep. 14, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

Outside experts found no evidence of political interference in the state-by-state population totals from the 2020 census used for divvying up congressional seats, but their limited review didn't include demographic data or places smaller than states, according to a task force report released...

Redistricting session set for Oct. 5; court OKs more time

Sep. 14, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday set a special legislative session for Oct. 5 to approve redrawn legislative and congressional district maps, and the chief justice of the state Supreme Court signed an order giving lawmakers extra time to complete their task. ...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Sep. 13, 2021 10:03 AM EDT

Omaha World-Herald. Sept. 7, 2021. Editorial: Redistricting is messy, but Nebraska legislators must find sensible compromise Nebraska’s Legislature is officially nonpartisan, but over the years, it by no means has been immune from ugly warring over...

SC House redistricting committee to crisscross state

Sep. 12, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A special House committee working on drawing new districts based on the 2020 U.S. Census is crisscrossing South Carolina this week. The House ad-hoc committee will hold four meetings, traveling from Rock Hill to Greenville to North Charleston and...