A state that is 26% black should have more than one congressional district with a significant black population, federal judges have said as they hit the pause button and move a candidate qualification deadline.
“Any turnaround plan will need to include two constituencies in which black voters either constitute a voting-age majority or something close enough,” the judges wrote yesterday.
“The Attorney General’s office strongly disagrees with the court’s decision and will appeal in the coming days,” spokesman Mike Lewis said. told the Associated Press.
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REDISTRICTIONS CREATE RIVALS
Some incumbents in Congress are already convicted. Bloomberg’s Greg Giroux, Zach C. Cohen and Emily Wilkins of the Bloomberg government have the recap of the member-versus-member contests.
NEW YORK: THE TIME IS COMPLETED
Tonight at midnight, New York’s Independent Redistricting Commission is turning into a pumpkin.
The 10-member panel, which has become mired in partisanship, has until the end of the day to send the legislature revised lines from the state’s legislative districts and Congress. Members of the Commission made it clear yesterday that they are not on the right track for a deal, leaving the line drawn to the Democratic governor and the legislature, where Democrats hold a supermajority. — Keshia Clukey
TENNESSEE: OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
representing jim cooper is targeted for defeat in the proposed Tennessee Congressional Map ready for Republican Gov. Bill Lee’s signature.
The map includes a three-way split of Davidson County in and around Nashville, turning the compact Democratic district of Cooper into a Republican-leaning district. Overall, the lines would favor Republicans in eight of the nine districts.
The Tennessee House voted 70-26 for the map yesterday, four days after the state Senate backed it 26-5. State Rep. Vincent Dixie (D) of Nashville called it an “abuse of power that silences the voices of Tennesseeans in our nation’s capital” and “divides urban minority communities to dilute their voting power.” .
State Rep. Pat Marsh (R) said Davidson County would benefit from having three House members representing the area instead of one. —Greg Giroux
KANSAS: DEMOCRAT HINDENED
Republicans used their supermajority to win Kansas Senate approval for a redistricting plan that would likely make it harder for the state’s only Democrat to be re-elected to Congress this year.
After a 26-9 vote, the bill will next go to the State House, where top Republicans are backing a nearly identical plan that would exclude thousands of Democratic voters from the Kansas City-area district held by Rep. Sharice Davids (D). — The Associated Press
PENNSYLVANIA: DEAD END
A redistricting of Congress The proposal (SB 2146) that won final approval yesterday is vetoed. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf (D) said he would reject it, so it’s almost certain now that the Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will eventually choose a map.
Hearings are scheduled for Thursday and Friday for the court to consider maps submitted by Wolf, lawmakers and other parties, including Pennsylvania Common Cause. — Jennifer Kay
NEW MEXICO: IN COURT
Republicans in New Mexico are battling in court against the state’s new congressional districts, arguing they illegally favor Democrats.
the trial in New Mexico’s Fifth Judicial District Court alleges the changes “carve out and expand congressional districts to give Democrats a political advantage in future elections,” the party said in a press release. — Brenna Goth
ARIZONA: OLD SCHOOL
Thanks to the redistricting, Arizona candidates hoping to run in the 2022 ballot may have to collect signatures the old-fashioned way.
The office of Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D) says the online system for petitions for congressional and legislative nominations will probably be offline early March so the state can transition to new maps.
The deadline for submitting signatures for the August 2 primary is April 4.
Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s (R) office argues the temporary withdrawal is illegal and in a letter threatened “civil and criminal actions.” Hobbs’ office decides how to respond to the letter but disputes its premise, spokeswoman Sophia Solis said in an email. — Brenna Goth
Caught our attention
- Redistricting and a flood of incumbents are paving the way for more extreme candidates in this year’s midterm elections. (Axios)
- The GOP uses redistricting to retain excessive power. (Stateline)
- Alaska’s governor and lieutenant governor have launched a new campaign to change state election laws. (Anchorage Daily News)
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