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Staff Writer @DKElections. Voting rights, gerrymandering, election reform, demography, maps, & poli sci. Voting Rights Roundup free newsletter:
Oct 8, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Spectacular backfire: NC GOP made this key NC Supreme Court race partisan & eliminated the primary in hope that multiple Dems would split the vote against GOP Justice Barbara Jackson. She's in 3rd in this poll, way behind Dem Anita Earls & Dem-to-GOP party switcher Chris Anglin. If Earls & Dems win this race, they'll have a 5-2 majority that will be immune from the GOP's plan to gain a majority by packing the NC Supreme Court with 2 more members in December, as is allowed via existing law. I explained it in depth here:…
Sep 5, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read
This is a big deal. Capuano just conceded to Pressley, who will be the first black woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress. Identity politics isn't just some slur white progressive men can make, it's how we move the party to the left by becoming more inclusive Repeat after me: All politics is identity politics at some level. It’s only those of the dominant identity who get to pretend otherwise
Aug 9, 2018 7 tweets 3 min read
BREAKING: Massachusetts just passed automatic voter registration! GOP Gov. Charlie Baker signed a law that had passed the Dem-run legislature nearly unanimously. Here are all the states where automatic registration is law or could pass it via initiative: Yup. That's why party-endorsed candidate Josh Zakim is challenging longtime Secretary of State William Galvin in the September Democratic primary. Automatic voter registration is a great first step, but Massachusetts can still do more to make voting easier
Jul 30, 2018 11 tweets 4 min read
Thread: From me & @SeanMcElwee: Dem Gov. Andrew Cuomo is the single biggest obstacle to moving New York in a more progressive direction. By signing the GOP's gerrymander to keep them in charge of the NY Senate, he has blocked a slew of progressive policies… The New York state Senate map that Cuomo signed is one of the most extreme GOP gerrymanders of any chamber in the country. Thanks to Cuomo coddling a corrupt cabal of renegade Dems who support GOP control, the GOP has been in power for years despite nominal Dem majorities
Jul 25, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
New story: Emails show Michigan Republicans bragged about cramming 'Dem garbage' into gerrymandered districts… Swingy Michigan is one of the most gerrymandered states in the country. Republicans won a 9-5 congressional majority even when Dems won the 2012 & 2014 popular vote, & the GOP won legislative majorities in 4 of last 8 elections despite winning fewer votes
Jul 9, 2018 14 tweets 5 min read
Waiting on white smoke to arise to let us know the name of the next white man who will be chosen to interpret the our founding text in a way that confirms all of his political preferences The fact that the Warren court, which existed for less than two decades, is the lone exception to this, speaks volumes about how reactionary & undemocratic the Supreme Court has been. With extremist Republicans about to take charge, it's poised to become outright anti-democratic
Jun 26, 2018 10 tweets 5 min read
This is a major win against Republican gerrymandering in Virginia! The GOP won a 51-49 majority in 2017 despite losing the statewide popular vote. A new map would make a Dem majority even likelier in 2019… Because Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam would almost certainly veto whatever replacement gerrymander the GOP tried to send him, the court itself will likely have to draw its own, fairer Virginia state House districts
Jun 25, 2018 7 tweets 4 min read
Looks like bad news in the fight against GOP racial gerrymandering in Texas, another case that has been stonewalled all decade by conservative judges Texas is one of the most racially gerrymandered congressional maps in the country. Republicans should have drawn 3 more districts to elect Latino voters' candidate preferences, but the Supreme Court just let them get away with not doing so…
Mar 23, 2018 8 tweets 4 min read
This is nuts: The Wisconsin GOP is now trying to pass a law to overturn a ruling from a judge *they appointed* so they won't have to hold special elections they could lose. Attacking the rule of law isn't just in vogue for Pennsylvania Republicans… Gov. Scott Walker's Wisconsin GOP has:
1) Gerrymandered so extremely that GOP won solid majorities when Dems won the 2012 popular vote
2) Passed voter ID & other restrictions that may have flipped WI to Trump
3) Crushed unions to decimate Dem political organizing power
4) This:
Feb 5, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
This is a dangerous disregard for the rule of law by Pennsylvania Republicans. Impeaching judges because one disagrees with a court decision that strengthened democracy is a classic move of authoritarian regimes What's scary is that there's little Pennsylvania Dems could do to stop the GOP from trying to impeach these judges. The GOP needs just a simple majority in the state House & 2/3 in the state Senate. Their gerrymanders of both chambers have given them sufficiently large majorities
Jan 26, 2018 8 tweets 5 min read
This is big: The NC Supreme Court just ruled that the GOP's effort to remove Dem majorities from the state board of elections is unconstitutional (h/t @john_rimes) #NCpol… NC Republicans had passed this power grab shortly after GOP Gov. Pat McCrory lost reelection in 2016, costing the GOP its majority. A new Democratic majority could reverse McCrory's voter suppression like cuts to early voting & polling place closures in black neighborhoods #NCpol
Nov 20, 2017 5 tweets 2 min read
An initiative to create an independent redistricting commission is well on its way to making the 2018 ballot in Michigan, one of the worst GOP-gerrymandered states… Ending GOP gerrymandering in MI would be huge. No state more consistently sees popular vote loser win lege majority
Aug 2, 2017 9 tweets 4 min read
Respectfully disagree. Even political scientists are divided on whether gerrymandering cost Dems the House in 2012. Just ask @ElectProject One widely shared Chen/Rodden paper arguing Dems "gerrymander themselves" was based on biased data & flawed methods…