Oct 04 2017
The Islamist Ennahdha Party won a free election in 2011 and formed a government but willingly stepped down in 2014 after it lost much of its public support, very much in the mold of how governments in parliamentary democracies in the West vacate office after losing the public's confidence.
The state also argues that, regardless of how partisan a gerrymander may be, the courts should stay out of such political questions. This time, they controlled the entire process. An electoral map drawn by one party in control of the state legislature could violate the First Amendment, some argue, because it amounts to a state punishment of certain voters for their political views.
And then the lawsuits came. The Court will be weighing whether those who drew the maps in Wisconsin baked such an extreme partisan advantage that voters' preferences wouldn't matter. Legislators tried to cover their tracks, but the courts were still able to find ample evidence that there were, in fact, political motivations behind the process.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments today in Gill v. Whitford, a Wisconsin case challenging partisan legislative maps.
Pennsylvania's congressional and state legislative maps are set to be redrawn in 2021, following the 2020 Census. But others are anxious it could lead to a never-ending string of lawsuits. Would you say to them, What you want is to have the party holding power at any particular moment draw the district lines, so they can maximize their advantage and shut the other party out? "We believe that America is stronger when more people, not fewer, participate on Election Day". Justice Kennedy straddled the middle by concurring in the judgment, while refusing to "foreclose all possibility of judicial relief" if an appropriate standard could be identified. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans went to historic lengths to block President Barack Obama's pick for Scalia's seat for months until the presidential election.
Though it is up in the air how deeply the Court will cut into the practice of partisan gerrymandering, a smart gambler would bet on Wisconsin's maps going down.
After the hour-long argument in the major voting rights case out of Wisconsin, it appeared that conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who sometimes sides with the court's liberals in big cases, could cast the decisive vote. Politicians from both parties have given the practice mixed reviews, but both parties have used it to tip power in their favor.
That includes the efficiency gap, a simple formula that shows one party's advantage over another in a district.
The case pertains directly to Wisconsin but could affect OH and other states.
But the Justice Department filed a brief in August with the Supreme Court supporting the state law, stating it had "reconsidered the question" after the "change in Administration".
Some of the court's conservatives seemed skeptical over whether such a hearing should be triggered automatically after six months, as a lower court had ruled. Alito cited a 2004 decision, Vieth v. Jubelirer, in which Justice Antonin Scalia-joined by a plurality of the Court's conservatives-declared flatly that "the judicial department has no business entertaining the claim" of unlawful partisan gerrymandering, "because the question is entrusted to one of the political branches".
But is this a result - in Wisconsin, Ohio and elsewhere - of Democratic voters choosing to cluster together in cities, as some Republicans say? The temporary apportionment they specified for pre-census Congresses was based on their informed estimates of states' populations. In 2012, Republicans won just 48.6 percent of the statewide vote, but won 60 of 99 assembly seats. That's at least in part because of Minnesota's long history of divided government.
Spakovsky says the Supreme Court should strike down the suit against Wisconsin, otherwise he says it will open the flood gates for all states to sue over political gerrymandering.
But that might not always be the case. The map included a district that looked like a salamander, hence creating the term gerrymander. "That litigation is expensive and time consuming". The yield, for Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, was as many as twenty-two additional seats-enough of a surplus to account for nearly all of the G.O.P.'s advantage in the chamber. Ginsburg asked. "The precious right to vote".
Oct 04 2017
Rock icon Tom Petty dead at 66
Petty was found to have had no brain activity and a decision was reportedly made to pull life support, according to TMZ . Nobody made me feel more while listening to his music over the past three decades than Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers .
Oct 04 2017
3 bold predictions for Texans' home clash with Titans
With a quarter to spare Sunday, Watson became the first rookie in Texans history to throw three touchdowns in a game. Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota left the game at halftime against the Houston Texans with a hamstring injury .
Oct 03 2017
San Francisco 49ers: 3 Takeaways vs
For the first time this season, tight end George Kittle is not on the 49ers' injury report . 49ers: At Indianapolis next Sunday. The good news is that the 49ers' pass rush has been somewhat lackluster to this point, tallying just three sacks on the season.
Oct 03 2017
Vols Blown Out; Seat Warming Up For Jones
The kick went for minus-4 yards and Walker was credited with a blocked punt, albeit inadvertent. "They had it under control". This was a day when the football team looked like it wanted to be some place else and the fans looked for the exits early.
Oct 03 2017
Hamilton 2nd in Sepang as Verstappen wins Malaysian GP
The Finn never made it back out, and Ferrari's only chance was left in the hands of Sebastian Vettel , who was starting dead last. Hamilton had endured a torrid Friday as his Mercedes took a dislike to an aerodynamic upgrade package.
Oct 02 2017
Jaguars' mistakes cost them in 23-20 OT loss to Jets
On third and short plays for the offense throughout the game, Jacksonville continuously pulled Leonard Fournette out of the game. It's best to sit McCown this week and find another viable fantasy football quarterback if you're desperate for one.
Oct 01 2017
The NRL Grand Final Kick-Off Time Has Changed
The game stopped for nine minutes, but that wasn't enough to help the Cowboys prepare to weather the storm that was about to hit. He said Queensland's dominance of the NRL and State of Origin meant CQ was "very much in the running to be home to an NRL team".
Oct 01 2017
Louisville Basketball Coach Rick Pitino, Athletic Director Fired Amid FBI Probe
Charges included using hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence athletes' choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents. The university is now on probation for a former basketball staff member hiring strippers to entertain recruits.
Oct 01 2017
Trump's tax bombshell is going to blow up Canada's competitiveness
Remember that corporations don't actually pay corporate taxes; their customers do, in the form of higher prices. It can take many hours of planning and record-keeping for a taxpayer to determine his or her "taxable income".
Sep 30 2017
Mercedes explain Malaysian Grand Prix 'gremlins' as Lewis Hamilton struggles for pace
That means that qualifying is perhaps less essential than at most circuits. "I am still allowed to win races if I have the pace". He added: "I think it's been good racing over the years here".
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