Anna Sale is the host and managing editor of Death, Sex & Money, a biweekly interview podcast at WNYC. A veteran public media reporter, Anna covered politics for years, including the 2013 New York City mayoral race, the 2012 presidential campaign, and the statehouse beat in Connecticut and West Virginia. She is a frequent fill-in host for The Brian Lehrer Show and The Leonard Lopate Show and has contributed to This American Life, NPR, Marketplace, Studio 360, PBS Newshour, and Slate.
The Process is Political: Judge Orders Review of Hispanic Voting Power in Nevada
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Our daily look at the details that can change everything.
Nevada Judge Orders Review of Hispanic Representation: A federal judge in Nevada ruled on Wednesday that a separate redistricting panel should decide whether the state needs to draw new districts with a majority Hispanic population. The Las Vegas Review-Journal notes that the state's Hispanic population has jumped more than 80 percent in the last ten years and now make up more than a quarter of Nevada residents, while a Hispanic has never been elected to Congress from Nevada. Nevada's redistricting plan landed in federal court after Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval — the state's first Hispanic governor — vetoed two redistricting plans passed by Democrats in the last legislative session, and both parties sued. Democrats oppose create Hispanic-majority districts and are accusing Republicans of "racial gerrymandering," while Republicans charge Democrats are trying to divide Hispanics into as many districts as possible to improve the chances of electing white Democrats. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Campaign Finance Limits = Incumbent-Protection: So writes George Will in this morning's Washington Post. He starts by referencing "the pleasant sound you hear" of "the clatter of bad laws crumbling," but he argues there's more to do and points to a state law in Washington state that limits individual contributions to recall campaigns to $800. Restricting spending to recall elected officials, Will argues, is proof positive that the real intention of campaign finance laws is to protect incumbents from vigorous, and constitutionally protected, challenges. The Washington Public Disclosure Commission, meanwhile, argues that the contribution limit serves as a deterrent to corruption. Of course, it should be noted that the Washington law Will cites is actually not in effect right now — a federal judge temporarily blocked the contribution cap in July. (Washington Post)
Fundraisers Return to 'Obama University' for Training: Obama supporters gathered this week for an updated fundraising boot camp. The Obama campaign created the fundraising university during the 2008 campaign, but the syllabus has been adjusted to account for the current landscape. One new challenge this time around, Obama fundraising chief Matthew Barzun tells Bloomberg, is that the president and First Lady have a lot less time to be personally involved in bringing in bucks, so fundraisers are experimenting with video conferencing to replace some of that face time. (Bloomberg)