Extreme gerrymandering: Coming to a state near you?

Americans woke up on November 7 having elected a Democratic president, expanded the Democratic majority in the Senate, and preserved the Republican majority in the House. That’s not what they voted for, though.   Most Americans voted for Democratic representation in the House. The votes are still being counted, but as of now it looks…

America’s five ugliest Congressional districts

In the 1980s, as California redrew its Congressional district boundaries after the census, one Congressman called his draft of a district map his “contribution to modern art,” because of its amorphous, amoebic shape. But he was far from alone in creating a shapeless, non-contiguous, non-compact, gerrymandered Congressional district. And this year, as states wrestle with…

Gerrymandering: The movie

I haven’t seen the new documentary film Gerrymandering but I’ve been intrigued by various reviews. Filmmaker Jeff Reichert tells the story of gerrymandering, beginning with how our country inherited gerrymandering from the Brits, and how they, like our neighbors in Canada, wisely eradicated it from their political process. According to Gar Smith of the Berkeley…