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Kucinich Looks Forward

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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I think the American people ought to be fed up with a government that says one thing and does another. And if I do anything and add to this debate, it’s to just call it as I see it, and the way I see it is generally the way it is.

— Dennis Kucinich, U.S. Representative (D) for Ohio's 10th Congressional district, and candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2004 and 2008 elections, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Kucinich: Searching for a Seat

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Dennis Kucinich, U.S. Representative (D) for Ohio's 10th Congressional district, and candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2004 and 2008 elections, talks about his congressional future if his district is eliminated in the redistricting process.

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NYS Has No South Asian Elected Officials. Why?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Asian population in the five boroughs spiked 32 percent in the last decade, and New Yorkers of South Asian descent had a lot to do with it. Numbers from the Census Bureau show that Indian American numbers alone skyrocketed 77 percent in Manhattan to reach 25,857, and in the city over all there are now 192,209 people who identify as Asian Indian. In the next few weeks we'll have numbers on the Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Nepali and Indo-Caribbean communities which have also been steadily rising. All of which raises an interesting question.

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As Redistricting Begins, Racial Gerrymandering Follows Black Migration

Friday, April 29, 2011

With Republicans now controlling most state legislatures, the GOP has the luxury of steering the process. That likely means packing newly-distributed black voters into strategically drawn borders, siphoning them from swing districts that would become more solidly Republican as a result.

Obviously, there are big implications for the next decade of elections. In post-census years, it's good to be the king.

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Koch Unleashes Robocalls on Redistricting Flip-Floppers

Thursday, April 14, 2011

WXXI

Former New York city Mayor Ed Koch launched robocall attacks on state legislators, many of them Senate Republicans, whom Koch says have violated a pledge they signed to back non-partisan redistricting. And it’s not just the Republicans who are wary of changes to the way New York designs it’s legislative and congressional district lines.

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NJ Redistricting Takes First Victim

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

New Jersey's legislative re-districting appears to have already prompted the retirement of at least one veteran Democratic state lawmaker. Passaic County State Senator John Girgenti will retire at the end of his current term.

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Redistricting New Jersey

Monday, April 04, 2011

WNYC
Our population only grew by five percent over the last ten years, while the nation grew ten percent. What does that mean? It means New Jersey loses one of its thirteen members of Congress so this redistricting is going to be difficult because it means that somebody's not going to have a job anymore.

 Bob Hennelly, senior reporter for WNYC, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Revealing New Jersey's Redistricting Map

Monday, April 04, 2011

Bob Hennelly, WNYC senior reporter, talks about the newly drawn New Jersey legistlative district map and its implications for the political future of the state.

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Christie Crashes Redistricting Party

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

This past weekend, Governor Chris Chrsitie's spontaneous appearance at the Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick, and his reported presence in the marathon closed-door sessions of the Apportionment Commission, had panel Democrats sputtering.

-- Bob Hennelly

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Low NYC Census Count 'Doesn't Make Sense,' Says Bloomberg

Thursday, March 24, 2011

New York City grew by 2.1 percent according to 2010 Census numbers released today — but the mayor thinks that's a serious undercount. "We don't quite understand the numbers," Bloomberg said.

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Redistricting: What Is the Deal in New York?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The equation is simple: 19,421,055 population divided by 27 districts = 348,927.963 people in each district, but where to place those districts on the map is the fun part of redistricting.

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Koch on Non-Partisan Redistricting

Monday, March 21, 2011

WNYC
New York, as far as I know, has the lowest turnover rate, it's an impossible rate to accept, less than three percent of the people who run for re-election are defeated. That's not democracy. And it isn't because they're loved, because they've done a terrific job, it is because in the Senate they work the district so it looks like a salamander.

Ed Koch former Mayor of New York City, on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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Campaign Promises

Monday, March 21, 2011

Ed Koch, former mayor of New York City (D, 1978-1989) and U.S. Congressman, founder of NY Uprising, talks about how Albany legislators are doing in fulfilling their pledge to reform the redistricting process.

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Critics Call New York Senate Redistricting Bill Inadequate

Monday, March 14, 2011

A partisan argument broke out Monday in the New York State Senate over the issue of redrawing district lines, as pressure mounts on the chamber's Republican conference to adopt a plan for an independent commission soon.

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New York Redistricting: All for Reform, and Reform for None

Friday, March 04, 2011

WNYC

First comes census numbers, then comes the redistricting battle. In New Jersey, a tiebreaker’s been brought in to settle the scuffle between jockeying Republicans and Democrats, while in New York, New York lawmakers in Albany and Washington are preparing for the fight.

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Ahead of Redistricting Battle, NJ Appoints Tiebreaker

Friday, March 04, 2011

WNYC

With time running out in New Jersey, the state's redistricting panel can't agree on how to shape the state's 40 legislative  districts based on the 2010 census data. That impasse automatically triggered the need for the state's Supreme Court to pick an independent tie-breaker to preside over the tie.

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Koch Rips Republicans: They Are 'Derailing' Redistricting Reform

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch is accusing Senate Republicans of "derailing" redistricting reform, and breaking a pledge they made to the ex-mayor’s reform group during the most recent election campaign.

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NJ Must Redraw Legislative Boundaries in Next Two Months

Sunday, February 13, 2011

New Jersey's bi-partisan legislative redistricting panel must redraw the state's legislative boundaries to reflect the latest 2010 census data all in the next two months.

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Minorities Prepare for Redistricting Battle

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Minority communities are arming themselves with mapping software, census data, and the intricacies of the Voting Rights Act to ensure that they get their say when districts are redrawn this year. They're determined to elect representatives in Congress, the state Legislature, and on the local level who will vote with their concerns in mind.

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Redistricting Could Mean More Power for Swing Voters

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Just two short years ago, political punditland was awash with predictions of permanent Democratic majorities as far as the eye could see. A few years before that, Karl Rove’s troopers were claiming that they’d changed the face of our electoral landscape, with similar predictions of “painting the map red." Both claimed the country was going their direction, and a more strident liberalism or conservatism was the ticket to permanent majorities.

Time has shown both of these predictions were complete garbage. Centrist independents, and moderates of all stripes, rewarded the two major parties’ increased pandering to their bases, and abuse of power, by swinging the opposite direction a few years later. The number of years between swings has been shrinking even more, as more in the center let it sink in that neither party is going to turn back.

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