Democrats claim partial redistricting victoryDemocrats are claiming partial victory in the legislative redistricting case.
By: By Chuck Quirmbach, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
Democrats are claiming partial victory in the legislative redistricting case.
Federal judges have declared what two state Assembly districts will look like in Milwaukee. Last month, the three-judge panel ruled that a Republican-controlled remapping plan for the 8th and 9th districts violated protections for Latinos under the federal Voting Rights Act, and Wednesday the judges rejected the substitute GOP lawmakers submitted, and chose a map more favorable to Latinos and Democrats. Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca says the ruling is good, the delay is not.
Senate GOP Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he prefers to focus in the court not throwing out plans for 130 other legislative districts, and Wisconsin's eight congressional maps, while a spokesperson for Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen expresses disappointment in the Milwaukee districts ruling and says it may be appealed. Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Barca says ideally, plaintiffs in the redistricting case would attempt to again get the court to help hundreds of thousands of people who won't get to vote for a state Senator for six years, because of the way Republicans redrew Senate maps.
Some of those editorial writers have suggested putting the next redistricting in the hands of an independent panel. Tune in ten years from now to see if that's the case.