John Nichols: Gerrymandering empowers obstructionists like Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald | John Nichols 

Gerrymandering is a vile scourge on democracy all over the country. But one could argue it’s at its worse right here in Wisconsin. We had the perfect putrid petre dish for it with the Three HorsesAsses of the Apocolypse — Robin Vos, Scott Fitzgerald and Scott Walker. We got rid of one. And we have to finish the job before the Great State of Wisconsin is nothing more than Wisissippi.

The gerrymandering of Wisconsin’s Legislature is now so severe that legislators are less interested in respecting the will of the people than at any time in Wisconsin history.

Source: John Nichols: Gerrymandering empowers obstructionists like Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald | John Nichols | madison.com

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Supreme Court: Partisan gerrymandering “beyond the reach” of federal courts – Axios

Disheartening. If you really want to feel shitty, read Justice Kagan’s dissent.

Today’s ruling is a green light for gerrymandering to get even more aggressive. That will make it harder for minority parties to retake the reins of power — even in wave elections.

 

Source: Supreme Court: Partisan gerrymandering “beyond the reach” of federal courts – Axios

There’s a reason why Randy Bryce lost a bid for State Assembly in 2012 and for State Senate in 2014. It’s the reason why the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to take up an appeal over electoral districts in Wisconsin today. A Wisconsin lower court ruled that the Republican-drawn map constitutes an “unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.” 

Big Republican money will pour into the Badger State. But if ever there was a time for people to take back their government it’s now.