Streams

 

Redistricting

It's A Free Blog

The Case for Nonpartisan Redistricting

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Now that the public is so justifiably disgusted by politics as usual, perhaps it will be possible to persuade political leaders to agree to such commissions if they were designed based on a combination of partisan politics and population. Each party would get a proportion of seats based on the census population totals and the percentage of votes it received in the last presidential election. The independent commission would allocate each party the number of seats to which it is entitled and then settle disputes over district configuration to insure that the majority party does not exploits its status to design new districts at the expense of the minority party.

Read More

Comment

The Brian Lehrer Show

The Looming Redistricting Fight

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Population shifts mean that New York and New Jersey will lose seats in the House and redistricting will take place ahead of the 2012 elections. Bob Hennelly, WNYC reporter, discusses the implications. 

→ Read Bob Hennelly's Article and Join the Conversation at It's A Free Country!

WNYC News

Redistricting: The Northeast Slide Continues

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Numbers released earlier this week by the U.S. Census Bureau show that the population of the United States continues to shift to the South and West. Based on the census numbers, both New Jersey and New York will have to redraw their Congressional districts.

Comments [4]

Micropolis

308,745,538 Americans and Other Census News

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Government statisticians may not be born entertainers, but god knows the men and women of the U.S. Census Bureau try. Tuesday's big announcement -- the biggest census event in 10 years -- managed to ramp up the suspense before finally delivering the goods.

How many people live in this country? Which states grew the most? Which states are going to ask for a recount?

Answers forthcoming. But first, a video featuring some of the notables who publicized the Census outreach: Donny Osmond, Dora the Explorer, Karl Rove. They are all America.

Read More

Comment

It's A Free Country ®

First Census Numbers Released

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Democratic Midwest and the Northeast lost population, the West and the South gained. There were all these projections that Republicans were going to dominate politics nationally because of that, but it's really hard to make these projections. There's a lot of other factors involved besides population.

- Angelo Falcón, president and founder of the National Institute for Latino Policy, on The Brian Lehrer Show

Comments [1]

The Empire

The redistricting debate, live

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

At 10 AM, the New York State Senate will hold a hearing on redistricting; the once-every-ten-year event where lawmakers determine the boundaries of their districts. This year, former NYC Mayor Ed Koch has led a push to create a non-partisan redistricting process. Koch and a bunch of other supporters are expected to speak.

Mayor Bloomberg says it will increase the competitiveness of the elections, and make elected officials more responsive to voters. But it's not universally embraced by lawmakers.

Senator Chuck Schumer is not in favor of the plan, saying it's unfair for it to happen in New York if it's not happening in other states at the same time.

Read More

Comment

It's A Free Country ®

Redistricting Dance Begins Anew in 2011

Friday, November 26, 2010

Back before the midterm elections, we took a look at a high-stakes issue that generated little attention on the campaign trail: redistricting at state legislative districts in New York. The same goes for U.S. Congressional districts, which legislators will get to redraw next year. If Senator Chuck Schumer's comments are any indication, that redistricting will remain partisan and it will be business as usual.

Comments [2]

The Takeaway

Governors Races May Change Political Map Beyond 2014

Monday, October 25, 2010

A record number 37 states are holding gubernatorial races this election year. With 17 of those races looking to upend the incumbent party, more seats could change hands than ever before in history. Jobs and the economy are on the top of the agenda everywhere, but that isn't the only reason the governor's races will affect politics well beyond their own borders. In 2011, the states will remap their voting districts and in most places, governors have redistricting veto power.

Comment

It's A Free Country ®

In Uncontested Races, An Election But No Choice

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

WNYC
In many New York elections, voters have no choice of candidates, as Senate and Assembly members run unopposed in specially-drawn electoral districts they are sure to win.

Comment

The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Rational Redistricting

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

New York Assemblyman Michael Benjamin (D-The Bronx) and Dick Dadey, executive director of the Citizen's Union, a watchdog for the public interest and an advocate for good government, talk about non-partisan redistricting and what, besides numbers, needs to count in the process. And, Brenda Wright, director of the Democracy Program at Demos, talks about the effect of redistricting on prisoners.

»» Read more and join the conversation at It's A Free Country!

It's A Free Country ®

True/False: Rational Redistricting Is Possible

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

There's icing on the cake this year for the political party that takes control over the state legislature: the power to redraw districts for the State Senate, State Assembly and U.S. Congress that will last for the next decade. At the end of this year, the U.S. Census Bureau will have counted the total number of residents--and since New York's population has slightly decreased, it's expected the state will lose two seats in the House.

Comments [16]

WNYC News

Government Reform Groups Have Hope for Redistricting Changes

Monday, October 04, 2010

Government reform groups say the next election cycle presents the best chance yet for redistricting reform that they say would put an end to gerrymandered state legislative districts.

Comment