Wisconsin Republicans take redistricting case to high court

Sep 24, 2021, 2:09 AM | Updated: 2:11 pm

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican state lawmakers on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to dismiss a redistricting lawsuit brought by Democrats that asks a federal court to draw political boundary lines in the battleground state.

The filing by attorneys representing the Republican-controlled Legislature comes two days after the conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court said it would hear a similar case backed by the GOP. Republicans feel they will have a better shot in the state Supreme Court, controlled 4-3 by conservatives, than they will in federal court.

The case belongs in state court and it’s too early for such a case to be considered in federal court, Republicans said in Friday’s filing asking the U.S. Supreme Court to dismiss the lawsuit. That lawsuit was filed on behalf of Wisconsin voters by the Democratic Party’s lead attorney Marc Elias and a host of voting advocacy groups in the state.

The panel of three federal judges considering the redistricting lawsuit previously declined to dismiss the case and on Tuesday said they wanted to conclude a trial by the end of January. Republicans on Thursday asked to put the case on hold and the judges gave all the parties until Oct. 1 to respond.

All of the legal maneuvering comes before the Legislature has even introduced new maps for congressional and legislative districts, let alone voted on one.

Republicans and Democrats alike expect whatever the GOP-controlled legislature passes will be vetoed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. That’s why they are asking the courts to get involved now. The last three times redistricting was done in Wisconsin under divided government, in 2002, 1992 and 1982, a federal court drew the maps.

If the U.S. Supreme Court agrees with Republicans and ends the federal lawsuit, that means the Wisconsin Supreme Court would approve the final maps if the Legislature and governor don’t agree.

“Even in this era of politicized decisions from the nation’s highest court, the American people have the right to expect our federal courts to follow the law and not do the parochial bidding of one state’s politics party,” said Sachin Chheda, director of the Fair Elections Project. “The Supreme Court should reject this partisan nonsense for what it is – an unveiled effort to rig the process in favor of one political party.”

The Legislature on Tuesday is scheduled to approve a resolution stating that the current district will be used as the basis for drawing new maps. The federal lawsuit backed by Democrats argues that the current maps are unconstitutionally gerrymandered and should not be the starting point for creating the new lines.

Redistricting is the once-a-decade process of redrawing the state’s political boundaries based on the latest census showing how populations have changed in neighborhoods, cities and counties since 2010. Mapmakers can create an advantage for their political party in future elections by packing opponents’ voters into a few districts or spreading them thin among multiple districts — a process known as gerrymandering.

An Associated Press analysis found that Republicans won about 16 more U.S. House seats in 2018 and held on to seven more state legislative chambers, including the Wisconsin Assembly, than would have been expected to based on their average share of the vote in congressional districts across the country.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

Associated Press

Over 2,000 migrants march out of southern Mexico city

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP) — Over 2,000 migrants, mainly Central Americans, began walking out of a city in southern Mexico on Saturday where they have essentially been trapped. The migrants walked along a highway leading west and north toward the U.S. border, and pushed past a line of state police who were trying to stop them. […]
1 day ago
Associated Press

Uzbek president who has eased restrictions heads to new term

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — Uzbekistan’s president, who has relaxed many of the policies of his dictatorial predecessor but has made little effort at political reform, is expected to win a new term by a landslide against weak competition in an election Sunday. Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who took office in 2016 upon the death of Islam Karimov, […]
1 day ago
FILE - In this Jan. 30, 1986, file photo, actor Brandon Lee, son of the late martial arts expert an...
Associated Press

States mostly defer to union guidance for on-set gun safety

Safety standards developed by film studios and labor unions are the primary protection for actors and film crews when a scene calls for using prop guns. The industry-wide guidance is clear: “Blanks can kill. Treat all firearms as if they are loaded.” Shootings nevertheless have killed and injured people while cameras rolled, including the cinematographer […]
1 day ago
Flowers and candles are placed at the scene of an attack on the Stortorvet in Kongsberg, Norway, Th...
Associated Press

Norway intel agency: Kongsberg-type attack will happen again

HELSINKI (AP) — Norway’s domestic intelligence agency says that such attacks as the one in the town of Kongsberg earlier this month are highly difficult to anticipate and prevent, and are likely to happen again in an open society such as Norway. “This type of attack performed by a person on an impulse with simple […]
1 day ago
Justin Paetow, center, a tin shop worker at Bath Iron Works, takes part in a demonstration against ...
Associated Press

Vaccine mandates create conflict with defiant workers

BATH, Maine (AP) — Josh “Chevy” Chevalier is a third-generation shipbuilder who hasn’t missed a day of work during the pandemic in his job as a welder constructing Navy warships on the Maine coast. But he’s ready to walk away from his job because of an impending mandate from President Joe Biden that federal contractors […]
1 day ago
Lava flows from a volcano destroying houses at La Laguna neighbourhood on the Canary island of La P...
Associated Press

Spain pledges quicker help for La Palma volcano damage

SANTA CRUZ DE LA PALMA, Canary Islands (AP) — Spain’s prime minister announced Saturday that his government will speed up already promised aid to help the thousands of residents on La Palma island whose homes and livelihoods have been destroyed by a protracted volcanic eruption. On his fifth visit since the Atlantic island was shaken […]
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Medicare open enrollment for 2022 starts Oct. 15 and SHIBA can help!

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner SPONSORED — Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period, also called the Annual Election Period, is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this time, people enrolled in Medicare can: Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan and vice versa. Join, drop or switch a Part D prescription drug plan, […]
...

How to Have a Stress-Free Real Estate Experience

The real estate industry has adapted and sellers are taking full advantage of new real estate models. One of which is Every Door Real Estate.
...
IQ Air

How Poor Air Quality Is Affecting Our Future Athletes

You cannot control your child’s breathing environment 100% of the time, but you can make a huge impact.
...
Swedish Health Services

Special Coverage: National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

There are a wide variety of treatment options available for men with prostate cancer. The most technologically advanced treatment option in the Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform.
...
Marysville Police Department

Police Opportunities in a Growing, Supportive Washington Community

Marysville PD is looking for both lateral and entry level officers. Begin or continue your career in law enforcement for a growing, supportive community.
...
Comcast

Small, Minority-Owned Businesses in King County and Pierce County Can Now Apply For $10,000 Relief Grants Through Comcast RISE

Businesses in King County and Pierce County can apply beginning on October 1, 2021, at www.ComcastRISE.com for a chance to receive a $10,000 relief grant.
Wisconsin Republicans take redistricting case to high court