Recent oral argument before the Supreme Court in Gill v. Whitford have left many court watchers hopeful. The case is a challenge to Wisconsin’s state assembly district map, and is the first time in over a decade that the court has been asked to consider the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandered. Back then, Justice Anthony Kennedy suggested that he might be open to courts scrutinizing redistricting plans, provided they had a workable standard to apply. Now in Gill, Kennedy has been given plenty of different standards to choose from, most prominent among them the Efficiency Gap.
But what if Kennedy isn’t convinced? What if Kennedy joins Chief Justice Roberts as a Harvard educated lawyer who sees simple subtraction as “sociological gobbledygook?”
Well, then I hope you like the way the Trump administration is going (though odds are you don’t), because we’ll be headed for at least another decade of GOP minority rule. Trump’s presidency is a preview of the one-party-state dystopia we’re hurtling towards: governments that
We’ve watched as formerly competitive, purple states have become GOP strongholds. The formerly labor-liberal Wisconsin is now a right-to-work state with a regime of minority vote suppression rivaled only by North Carolina. And North Carolina gives us the clearest vision of our coming illiberal democracy: after Democrats captured the governor’s mansion, the lame duck Republican government attempted a legislative coup, and only the intervention of the State Supreme Court stopped their attempts to strip the incoming governor of traditional powers, pack the courts with party faithful, and transform state election officials into a wing of Republican Party.
(Illustration courtesy of Donkey Hotey)
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