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WNYC News

Redistricting Amendment Scrutinized

Friday, March 09, 2012

Legislative leaders and Governor Cuomo are working on a constitutional amendment to reform redistricting in New York. But critics say in its present form, the proposal will not accomplish that.

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The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Friday, March 09, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Senator Michael Gianaris on why any deal on redistricting that doesn’t include a veto isn’t enough.

Colleen Taggarty, the Superintendent of the Olean City Schools says the question is no longer “where do we cut” it’s become “how do we become insolvent”?

And data driven policing is in the news again today and not in a good way: Why do we continue to measure the wrong things? That’s what Eli Silverman and John Eterno ask in their new book “The Crime Numbers Game: Management by Manipulation” published by CRC Press, one installment in a series of texts exploring advances in Police Theory & Practice. Both Silverman and Eterno have unique experience with CompState, NYPD’s computerized crime tracking system. They will join me on today’s show.

For show archives, please visit The Capitol Bureau's website here.

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WNYC News

Down to the Wire on Redistricting

Thursday, March 08, 2012

It’s coming down to the wire on redistricting in New York. A federal court has already usurped a gridlocked state legislature and drawn new congressional lines. It is now on track to redraw state legislative lines, too, if the Assembly and Senate do not agree on a bill by March 15.

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Opinion: So Long, Dennis Kucinich - The Left Loses Its Ron Paul

Thursday, March 08, 2012

In opposition to the Iraq War and the Patriot Act, Kucinich and Paul have shared a few critical and underrepresented positions. But the more important commonality is their role in voicing opinions that "serious" politicians in their party are afraid to speak.

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The Takeaway

Two Veteran Democrats Do Battle in Ohio

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Dennis Kucinich and Marcy Kaptur have been friends for many years, but you wouldn't know it from listening to the attack ads the two Ohio Democrats have been airing against one another. While Republican voters in Ohio cast their ballots for a presidential nominee, Ohio Democrats in district nine will be picking between Kucinich and Kaptur in a Congressional primary. The race is the product of redistricting in Ohio — and it's just the first of many of its kind. In the coming months, 11 primary contests in states like Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and California will similarly pit incumbents against each other.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why You Should Care About Redistricting

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Dick Dadey, president of Citizens Union, joins us to discuss the latest twists and turns in the redistricting battle, and why Governor Cuomo's veto threat isn't working.

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The Empire

Listen: Redistricting in New York and why you should care

Monday, February 13, 2012

Check out the conversation we had on redistricting with hosts from WNYC. This spot is airing today.

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WNYC News

Explainer: Why You Should Care About Redistricting

Monday, February 13, 2012

Redistricting is a once-a-decade chance to make government look more like the people who live in New York. It cuts to the quick of the idea of representative democracy: that our elected officials are the ones that best represent us. But the process can wind up benefiting politicians and political parties more than voters.

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Transportation Nation

Undaunted by Redistricting, John Mica Declares He's Staying Put

Friday, February 10, 2012

Florida Congressional Districts

Representative John Mica will run in his current, but remapped, Congressional District 7 in central Florida. The nine-term Republican Congressman and current chair of the House Transportation Committee was dealt a re-election hurdle with  Florida's redistricting plan that pitted several formidable Republican candidates against each other. Mica waited until after two others declared in which districts they would run before committing to his own.

"After consultation with my wife Pat, my family and my supporters, I have decided to continue my public service in what constitutes District 7 in the final map approved by the Florida Legislature, which includes Orange, Seminole and Volusia counties," Mica said in a statement Friday.

This sets up a potentially tough primary for the top transportation legislator as he will face Sandy Adams of Orlando. She's a first term incumbent who also resides in the newly formed 7th district and which now includes about 50 percent of her current constituency according to Sunshine State News.

Mica is well funded however, and says he wants to finish work he has underway. "Weighing heavily in this decision were two major factors, first my commitment to significant transportation projects like SunRail for our community and infrastructure for our nation" as well as projects for  seniors and veterans.

Mica won reelection in 2010 with 69 percent of the vote.

For more updates on all things central Florida, tune into WMFE. Or see the maps and data at the Florida State Senate website.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New York's Redistricting Plan Revealed

Monday, January 30, 2012

Jerry Vattamala, staff attorney for the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, discusses how the redistricting plans released by the legislature create majority Asian-American districts. Suffolk County Assemblyman Phil Ramos talks about the Hispanic community in Long Island, and how redistricting splits up communities there. 

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WNYC News

NY Legislature Releases Redistricting Maps

Thursday, January 26, 2012

After months of speculation and weeks of delays, the legislative task force responsible for redrawing all of New York’s state Senate and Assembly districts released maps Thursday afternoon. The new maps include a new 63rd Senate seat near Albany, an Asian-majority senate district and an additional Assembly one both in Queens, and a heavily Orthodox Jewish senate district in Southern Brooklyn.

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The Empire

Schedule for LATFOR's second round of public hearings released

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Do we have new State Senate and Assembly (oh yeah, AND Congresional) maps yet? No.

But at least you can clear your schedule to deride/applaud them since we have the schedule now for the next round of LATFOR hearings. There are nine hearing scheduled with the first happening on Monday in Albany (which we reported yesterday) and the last in Buffalo on February 16.

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WNYC News

NJ Redistricting Will Pit Dem Against Dem

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The political fallout from New Jersey's recently completed congressional redistricting continues. The loss of a congressional seat for the Garden State, from 13 to 12 districts, has now set the stage for a nasty primary between two Democratic incumbents.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: California's Redistricting - An Effort Turned Corrupt

Friday, December 23, 2011

I spent much of the last few days sleeping, fending off some sort of illness, but I was sickened even more by a report coming out of California. Added to the backdrop of recent polling showing that the American people are more and more disgusted with our ...

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WNYC News

Vote on NJ Redistricting Expected Friday

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The redrawing of New Jersey's congressional districts is expected to be decided Friday with a tie-breaking vote coming from the one non-partisan member of the commission.

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The Empire

GOP Leaders Strike Deal on Prisoner Redistricting

Thursday, December 22, 2011

This article has been updated.

State GOP leaders have agreed to count more than 46,000 prisoners across New York state as residents in their home neighborhoods, instead of where they are incarcerated. The battle has serious implications for the state's redistricting efforts, drawing more weight to downstate areas from upstate counties where prisons are located.

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WNYC News

Congressional Redistricting Commission in NJ May Focus on 5th and 9th Districts

Thursday, December 22, 2011

New Jersey's Congressional Redistricting Commission will wrap up its new map before Christmas, and it's beginning to look like Congressmen Steve Rothman (D-9) and Scott Garrett (R-5) will be the two getting coal in their stockings.

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The Takeaway

Holder: US DOJ to Review State Voter ID Laws

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Austin, Texas Tuesday night where he promised the Justice Department's civil rights division will aggressively review new voter ID laws that civil rights advocates say will have a discriminatory impact. This puts the Justice Department smack in the middle of a growing partisan debate over civil rights and minorities' access to the ballot. Several states, including Texas, have passed new requirements requiring voters to present photo ID before casting their vote. 

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Transportation Nation

Florida House Redistricting Proposals Signal Trouble for Mica's District

Thursday, December 08, 2011

WMFERedistricting is Underway in Fla.- Orlando- John Mica's seat may not be safe under the  Florida House’s plans either.

A Florida State Senate plan released last week would severely redraw the Congressional district for the chair of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure committee, John Mica.

Now four of a seven Florida House proposals for Congressional districts don't look better for Mica(Available for review here.), according to political analyst Steven Schale.

He says  four maps out of the seven proposals released by the House would put Mica in districts that "voted right around fifty percent or above for (President) Obama.  Under any measure, that is far more competitive than (where) Mica is in today."

Both houses of Florida's legislature are Republican-controlled.

Last week, the Florida Senate released its version of proposed district revisions.  Those plans could potentially draw influential congressional members outside of their existing districts.  For example, the residence of powerful U.S. Congressman John Mica, of Winter Park, could be removed from its current location within Mica’s district 7.  Mica chairs the House Transportation Committee.

This week on WMFE’s Intersection program, former Florida GOP Congressman Lou Frey, clarified that it is not necessary for a member of Congress to live in their district, “Mica hasn’t lived in his district on and off. You don’t have to live in the district.  You have to live in the state and you have to be over 25 years of age, but that’s it.  So whether you live in the district or not, it’s a political matter.”

Final outlines for the redistricting maps will not be solidified until January's legislative session.

Mica's office says he'll comment when the final maps are released.

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The Empire

'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Unlike many lawmakers, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb is not all that thrilled about the deal hammered out by the Governor and both houses of the legislature in the wee hours. He will join us to discuss the issues, and (hopefully) comment on the winners & losers in the race for economic development cash.

Last week the State won the battle over where prisoners should be counted for the purposes of redistricting – the decision is considered a win for Senate Democrats. Queens lawmaker Democrat Mike Gianaris has reaction.

And Blair Horner a VP at the American Cancer Society and a long-time political observer at the Capitol in Albany weighs in on the vast spectrum of issues unfolding here.

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