Political maps – Luxembourg Globe http://luxembourgglobe.com/ Sat, 21 May 2022 17:19:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://luxembourgglobe.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/icon-5.png Political maps – Luxembourg Globe http://luxembourgglobe.com/ 32 32 New cards create challenge for women seeking re-election | National government and new policies https://luxembourgglobe.com/new-cards-create-challenge-for-women-seeking-re-election-national-government-and-new-policies/ Sat, 21 May 2022 05:13:58 +0000 https://luxembourgglobe.com/new-cards-create-challenge-for-women-seeking-re-election-national-government-and-new-policies/ By SARA BURNETT – Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Democrats took control of the United States House of Representatives in 2018 thanks to a record number of Democratic women candidates. Two years later, a record number of GOP women won seats, bringing the number of women in the chamber to an all-time high. But for […]]]>

By SARA BURNETT – Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Democrats took control of the United States House of Representatives in 2018 thanks to a record number of Democratic women candidates. Two years later, a record number of GOP women won seats, bringing the number of women in the chamber to an all-time high.

But for some titular women candidate for re-election this year, holding their seats comes with a new challenge: redesigned congressional districts that will be harder to win.

It’s too early to know how many female Reps have been hurt by the once-a-decade process known as redistricting — in which boundaries are redrawn based on census data to ensure districts of similar size — as several states have not finalized their maps. But in states with new district boundaries, Rutgers University’s Center for American Women in Politics has so far found more than a dozen women running in much tougher territory. That’s more than double the number of those in districts that will be much easier to win after redistricting, according to this month’s analysis.

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The new cards mean some female representatives are seeking re-election against longer-serving male incumbents — or against each other, like in Georgia’s Tuesday primary, where two Democratic incumbents clash. Ultimately, the new maps will determine whether women maintain or increase their numbers in the next Congress to more accurately reflect the makeup of the country, a goal members of both parties have been focused on. Currently, female Representatives make up about 28% of the 435 members of the House, with Democratic women holding about three times as many seats as GOP women.

Many of these women are already vulnerable because they were recently elected and lack the benefits of a long-serving position, such as fundraising and name recognition, said Kelly Dittmar, director of research. for the center. They also often won in rotating neighborhoods, neighborhoods more likely to swing from one party to another.

“2022 is an important year to figure out how these newly elected women are going to fare,” Dittmar said.

In Illinois, which lost a seat in the redistricting due to shrinking population, the state’s two first-term representatives — one Democrat, one Republican — were among the biggest losers in the state delegation. 18 members in state remapping.

Democratic mappers drew new boundaries that placed Democratic Rep. Marie Newman and Republican Rep. Mary Miller in districts already represented by male incumbents. The two women instead chose to run in neighboring neighborhoods, against other men. (House members are not required to live in the district they represent, although most do.)

Newman is a progressive who in 2020 ousted Rep. Dan Lipinski, one of the last anti-abortion Democrats in Congress. Last fall, Illinois lawmakers largely dismantled the Chicago-area district she represented by creating a new, predominantly Hispanic district to reflect population gains. Much of Newman’s district was swept into a neighboring district represented by two-term Democratic Rep. Sean Casten.

Newman’s home, and the area immediately around where she’s done her best in 2020, have been drawn to the heavily Hispanic district represented by Democratic Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. This, Newman said, “I took it personally.”

She thinks it was revenge. “A lot of corporations, a lot of establishment people, they always seem to be mad at me,” she told the public at a fundraiser this month.

In an interview, Newman said she believed the Democratic lawmakers responsible for the new card felt she was unnecessary because she was the most recently elected incumbent. She said it was “crucially important” to have more women in Congress, especially at a time when abortion rights are under threat. The United States Supreme Court should overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

“You can’t have an unqualified person in there. But if there’s a qualified woman, I think you really have to look at that and say, ‘We need more of a female voice in Congress, period,’ said Newman, who recently posted an ad for campaign in which she talks about having an abortion at 19. “I’m very confident if there were still 50 to 100 women in Congress and the Senate, we wouldn’t be in this situation…(Roe) would have been codified and irreversible.”

Of course, not all women are in favor of codifying or enshrining in federal law the right to Abortion. Among the House’s fiercest opponents is Miller, who said she was inspired by then-President Donald Trump to run for her seat in southern Illinois in 2020.

Miller was drawn into the same congressional district as fellow conservative Mike Bost, whom Trump campaigned for in 2018. Rather than run against him, Miller chose to run in a neighboring district against the five-party Republican Rep. mandates Rodney Davis, who backed a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 uprising at the United States Capitol. Trump endorsed Miller.

Another Republican woman, first-term Rep. Yvette Herrell of New Mexico, has also been the victim of partisan remapping as Democrats who control the Legislature redrawn her district in the southern part of the state so that clearly more democratic.

It’s not yet clear whether women have been negatively affected by the redistricting at a higher rate than men incumbents, many of whom also face tougher elections, Dittmar said.

In some cases, women are challenged by other incumbents whose districts have been drawn to their detriment. Such is the case in Michigan, where Democratic Rep. Andy Levin chose to run against Rep. Haley Stevens in his safe Democratic district rather than the area he currently represents, something an independent commission has called for. be more contested.

And in Georgia, at least one incumbent woman will lose her bid for another term after Tuesday’s primary. Representatives Lucy McBath and Carolyn Bourdeaux both have flipped long-held GOP-held districts in the Atlanta area in recent election cycles. But after Republicans who control the state Legislature redraw McBath’s district to favor Republicans, the two-term incumbent opted to face Bourdeaux for the first term in a more Democratic-friendly district.

Some women take advantage of the shake-up. In Oklahoma, GOP Rep. Stephanie Bice’s Oklahoma City Area district — previously held by Democratic Rep. Kendra Horn — has been redesigned to be much more Republican.

For candidates facing more difficult re-election, this is often familiar ground.

“I just have to prove myself again,” Newman said.

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New 2022 Maps and Leaderboards: Kansas, Missouri https://luxembourgglobe.com/new-2022-maps-and-leaderboards-kansas-missouri/ Thu, 19 May 2022 13:21:22 +0000 https://luxembourgglobe.com/new-2022-maps-and-leaderboards-kansas-missouri/ The Kansas Supreme Court on Wednesday gave Republicans a shock victory by reinstating a GOP map that a lower court judge struck down as an illegal gerrymander. And in Missouri, GOP Gov. Mike Parson signed into law a new congressional map that locks down the state’s 6R-2D delegation after months of infighting with the GOP. […]]]>

The Kansas Supreme Court on Wednesday gave Republicans a shock victory by reinstating a GOP map that a lower court judge struck down as an illegal gerrymander. And in Missouri, GOP Gov. Mike Parson signed into law a new congressional map that locks down the state’s 6R-2D delegation after months of infighting with the GOP. As of this writing, the only three states left to finalize the redistricting are Florida, New Hampshire and New York.

Kansas

In a victory for Republicans, the Kansas Supreme Court issued a terse decision reinstating the GOP’s previously blocked congressional map. That’s a surprise because five of the court’s seven judges were appointed by Democratic governors and in April a lower court judge struck down the card as a gerrymander in violation of the state constitution. The biggest target on the new map? Rep. Sharice Davids (KS-03) is the only Democrat in the delegation.

In 2020, Davids, a former MMA fighter, beat former state GOP chairwoman Amanda Adkins by ten points to win reelection in a seat in suburban Kansas City that tends to blue. But under the new lines

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Court expert draws more pro-GOP political maps of New York https://luxembourgglobe.com/court-expert-draws-more-pro-gop-political-maps-of-new-york/ Tue, 17 May 2022 20:56:41 +0000 https://luxembourgglobe.com/court-expert-draws-more-pro-gop-political-maps-of-new-york/ A court-appointed expert has released draft new congressional maps for New York that are more Republican-friendly than the original political maps drawn by Democrats. Draft maps released Monday would help the GOP by creating five Republican-leaning districts and at least four other districts where Republicans would be competitive. Maps drawn by the Democratic-controlled state legislature […]]]>

A court-appointed expert has released draft new congressional maps for New York that are more Republican-friendly than the original political maps drawn by Democrats.

Draft maps released Monday would help the GOP by creating five Republican-leaning districts and at least four other districts where Republicans would be competitive. Maps drawn by the Democratic-controlled state legislature as part of the 10-year redistricting process would have given Democrats a strong majority in 22 of 26 congressional districts, starting with elections this year. but these cards were canceled by a court.

Currently, the state has 27 congressional districts, but loses one as a result of the 2020 census. Republicans hold eight of those seats;

The proposed cards could also pit multiple holders against each other or force them to show up in new areas.

The new maps are a blow to National Democrats’ plans to draw New York-friendly maps to maximize the number of seats they could win in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Last month, New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, ruled that those maps and state Senate maps were unconstitutional and failed to follow a voter-approved anti-gerrymandering process.

Under a process passed by voters in 2014, the new maps of New York’s districts were supposed to have been drawn by an independent commission. But that body, made up of an equal number of Democrats and Republicans, could not agree on a set of cards. The Democratic-controlled legislature then stepped in and created its own maps, quickly signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat.

The appeals court, made up of judges appointed entirely by Democratic governors, sided with Republican plaintiffs who argued the legislature circumvented the process established in 2014 reforms, including a provision of the constitution of the state prohibiting the reshuffling of districts for partisan purposes.

The new maps released Monday would significantly redraw the districts of Manhattan currently held by incumbent Democratic Representatives Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, who each served in the House for nearly three decades and chaired influential committees.

Maloney, who currently represents the 12th district, said she will run again under the new 12th boundary. But Nadler, who is running 10th, said he too would run in 12th if the draft becomes permanent. Nadler said he believes the line projects unconstitutionally break down existing districts and communities.

The maps would also significantly upend the districts currently held by Democratic Representatives Mondaire Jones and Sean Patrick Maloney.

“A lot of incumbents are going to have choices to make about whether they run and what district they run in,” said Michael Li, redistricting expert at the Brennan Center for Justice.

Li said the maps were much fairer and more competitive, including in areas like Long Island, than the gerrymandered maps crafted by the legislature. But the cards appear to be drawn without regard to function, which Li says could be something the court is persuaded to change before giving final approval. He said redistricting rules in the New York constitution require that the core of each district be preserved as much as possible.

“There might be an argument in New York that neighborhoods have changed too much,” Li said.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat from Brooklyn, excoriated the proposed maps, saying they ignored testimony from Brooklyn residents and diluted black voters in two districts there and viciously targeted black representation in the House by lumping together voters. four-member districts into one,” a tactic that would make Jim Crow blush.

“Apparently, Republican agents and conservative activists have found a sympathetic audience as a result of the broken process established by the New York Court of Appeals,” he said.

A message seeking comment from the court and the special master was not immediately returned on Monday.

Former Republican congressman John Faso, an adviser to the petitioners who filed the lawsuit, said in a statement that the draft plan is better than the maps drawn by Democrats, but his team will ask the court to make revisions “which better reflect long-standing experience”. communities of interest around the state.

A New York court will review the maps for two days before a final version is approved by a judge on May 20, with primary elections for the congressional and state Senate races now being held on August 23.

Adding to the redistricting tangle, the state Assembly and gubernatorial primaries are still scheduled for June 28.

The Court of Appeals did not order the drawing of new Assembly maps because a group of GOP voters who continued the redistricting process did not specifically challenge them in their lawsuit. They only tackled maps of the US House and State Senate seats.

But a new lawsuit is trying to condense all the election dates and throw out the state Assembly cards as well, arguing they are unconstitutional.

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Court expert draws more pro-GOP political maps of New York – troyrecord https://luxembourgglobe.com/court-expert-draws-more-pro-gop-political-maps-of-new-york-troyrecord/ Mon, 16 May 2022 18:12:56 +0000 https://luxembourgglobe.com/court-expert-draws-more-pro-gop-political-maps-of-new-york-troyrecord/ By MICHELLE L. PRICE NEW YORK (AP) — A court-appointed expert has released draft new congressional maps for New York that are more Republican-friendly than the original political maps drawn by Democrats. Draft maps released Monday would help the GOP by creating five Republican-leaning districts and at least four other districts where Republicans would be […]]]>

By MICHELLE L. PRICE

NEW YORK (AP) — A court-appointed expert has released draft new congressional maps for New York that are more Republican-friendly than the original political maps drawn by Democrats.

Draft maps released Monday would help the GOP by creating five Republican-leaning districts and at least four other districts where Republicans would be competitive. Maps drawn by the Democratic-controlled state legislature as part of the 10-year redistricting process would have given Democrats a strong majority in 22 of 26 congressional districts, starting with elections this year. but these cards were canceled by a court.

Currently, the state has 27 congressional districts, but loses one as a result of the 2020 census. Republicans hold eight of those seats;

The proposed cards could also pit multiple holders against each other or force them to show up in new areas.

The new maps are a blow to National Democrats’ plans to draw New York-friendly maps to maximize the number of seats they could win in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Last month, New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, ruled that those maps and state Senate maps were unconstitutional and failed to follow a voter-approved anti-gerrymandering process.

Under a process passed by voters in 2014, the new maps of New York’s districts were supposed to have been drawn by an independent commission. But that body, made up of an equal number of Democrats and Republicans, could not agree on a set of cards. The Democratic-controlled legislature then stepped in and created its own maps, quickly signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat.

The appeals court, made up of judges appointed entirely by Democratic governors, sided with Republican plaintiffs who argued the legislature circumvented the process established in 2014 reforms, including a provision of the constitution of the state prohibiting the reshuffling of districts for partisan purposes.

The new maps released Monday would significantly redraw the districts of Manhattan currently held by incumbent Democratic Representatives Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, who each served in the House for nearly three decades and chaired influential committees.

Maloney, who currently represents the 12th district, said she will run again under the new 12th boundary. But Nadler, who is running 10th, said he too would run in 12th if the draft becomes permanent. Nadler said he believes the line projects unconstitutionally break down existing districts and communities.

The maps would also significantly shake up the districts currently held by Democratic Representatives Mondaire Jones and Sean Patrick Maloney.

“A lot of incumbents are going to have choices to make about whether they run and what district they run in,” said Michael Li, redistricting expert at the Brennan Center for Justice.

Li said the maps were much fairer and more competitive, including in areas like Long Island, than the gerrymandered maps crafted by the legislature. But the cards appear to be drawn without regard to function, which Li says could be something the court is persuaded to change before giving final approval. He said redistricting rules in the New York constitution require that the core of each district be preserved as much as possible.

“There might be an argument in New York that neighborhoods have changed too much,” Li said.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat from Brooklyn, excoriated the proposed maps, saying they ignored testimony from Brooklynites and diluted black voters in two districts there and viciously targeted black representation in the House by lumping together voters. four-member districts into one,” a tactic that would make Jim Crow blush.

“Apparently Republican agents and conservative activists have found a sympathetic audience as a result of the broken process established by the New York Court of Appeals,” he said.

A message seeking comment from the court and the special master was not immediately returned on Monday.

Former Republican congressman John Faso, an adviser to the petitioners who filed the lawsuit, said in a statement that the draft plan is better than the maps drawn by Democrats, but his team will ask the court to make revisions “which better reflect long-standing experience”. communities of interest around the state.

A New York court will review the maps for two days before a final version is approved by a judge on May 20, with primary elections for the congressional and state Senate races now being held on August 23.

Adding to the redistricting tangle, the state Assembly and gubernatorial primaries are still scheduled for June 28.

The Court of Appeals did not order the drawing of new Assembly maps because a group of GOP voters who continued the redistricting process did not specifically challenge them in their lawsuit. They only tackled the seat maps of the United States House and State Senate.

But a new lawsuit is trying to condense all the election dates and throw out the state Assembly cards as well, arguing they are unconstitutional.

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Google is redoing search, maps for the TikTok generation https://luxembourgglobe.com/google-is-redoing-search-maps-for-the-tiktok-generation/ Sun, 15 May 2022 12:40:38 +0000 https://luxembourgglobe.com/google-is-redoing-search-maps-for-the-tiktok-generation/ Google will start allowing people to use photos and text together in local searches with a new “multisearch” update that leverages its computer vision and data assets. This feature identifies nearby products, which will likely appeal to marketers who pay for ads located within a certain geographical proximity of a user. And Google is expanding […]]]>

Google will start allowing people to use photos and text together in local searches with a new “multisearch” update that leverages its computer vision and data assets. This feature identifies nearby products, which will likely appeal to marketers who pay for ads located within a certain geographical proximity of a user.

And Google is expanding the usefulness of Lens, its real-world object identification feature, which investors are eager to see contribute more to its e-commerce operations. Google said there are more than 8 billion visual searches on Lens per month, three times more than a year ago. Raghavan introduced the Lens search feature by promising consumers to find a particular product at a drug store or a black-owned wine label at a local convenience store.

As part of an effort to increase information awareness, Google is extending a tool it unveiled last year called “About This Result” beyond search. Today, the tool is available in English on search results, allowing users to see a brief description of a website, such as its political orientation or government affiliation, before visiting it. Soon, when users visit a website on the Google app, they will be able to see source information even though they are already on the website.

The company also showed off a more “immersive” version of its map product. The company said people will be able to zoom in and see the architecture of sites like Big Ben up close, and use a tool to understand what it looks like at different times of the day, to guess traffic, crowd sizes or weather conditions. In the future, developers will be able to create similar three-dimensional experiences. Raghavan stressed that these were early trials, not proof of the next computing frontier. “For this to really flourish in a metaverse or something of that nature, we need 200 or 2,000 such experiences,” he said. “We are so early in the game that I am not yet eager to rush to characterize the phenomenon.”

This year, Google has been reluctant to make big claims about futuristic virtual and augmented reality tools. Ten years ago, co-founder Sergey Brin jumped into the conference wearing Google Glass headgear; the company introduced several VR units over the following years. All of these projects have been shelved or shelved. Google has since focused more deeply on artificial intelligence and, unlike rival Meta Platforms Inc., has not eagerly offered a vision of a virtual world replacing ours. To strengthen the security of personal accounts, Google announced new security tools for its products. Account security status will appear as a yellow circle around user avatars when there is something that requires their attention. The company added that while working on Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, users should soon expect more proactive phishing alerts.

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New Hampshire ordered to draw new congressional maps | New Hampshire https://luxembourgglobe.com/new-hampshire-ordered-to-draw-new-congressional-maps-new-hampshire/ Fri, 13 May 2022 18:33:00 +0000 https://luxembourgglobe.com/new-hampshire-ordered-to-draw-new-congressional-maps-new-hampshire/ (The Center Square) – New Hampshire’s highest court is ordering the state to redraw new congressional district maps after ruling that a Republican-led redistricting plan was unconstitutional. An order issued Thursday by the state Supreme Court, which sides with Democrats who have sued the state over proposed limits for the state’s two seats in the […]]]>

(The Center Square) – New Hampshire’s highest court is ordering the state to redraw new congressional district maps after ruling that a Republican-led redistricting plan was unconstitutional.

An order issued Thursday by the state Supreme Court, which sides with Democrats who have sued the state over proposed limits for the state’s two seats in the U.S. House, gives leaders of the State another three weeks to propose a new redistricting plan. If lawmakers and Republican Gov. Chris Sununu can’t agree on a new plan by June 1, the judges have said they will draw the cards.

“This court has both the power and the obligation to ensure that the next election is conducted according to an illegally valid congressional district plan,” the justices wrote in the 15-page decision. “As a result, we will take the necessary steps to formulate a district plan that complies with all applicable laws to protect the fundamental rights of New Hampshire voters.”

The court’s ruling notes that the state’s deadline to file its candidacy for Congress — which runs from June 1-10 — and a primary are approaching without a resolution to the impasse.

The justices said the court would use a “least change” approach to create new congressional districts if legislative leaders cannot agree to a constitutionally legal redistricting plan.

“Any congressional redistricting plan we may adopt will reflect any changes necessary to address constitutional deficiencies in existing congressional districts,” the justices wrote.

At issue are political maps, drawn by the state’s Republican majority, that would make the 1st Congressional District more Republican by moving several GOP-leaning communities into the district while the 2nd Congressional District would be slightly more Democratic by including several Democratic-leaning communities. Both House seats are currently held by Democrats.

Sununu, a Republican, has pledged to veto House and Senate-approved maps, saying districts don’t “pass the smell test” and proposing his own redistricting plan.

Democrats, led by former House Speaker Terie Norelli, filed a legal challenge against the plan, alleging it was unconstitutional and favored Republicans. The lawsuit asked the court to discard congressional maps and create new district boundaries ahead of the 2022 election.

Lawyers for the Republican legislative leaders argued in the Supreme Court that the New Hampshire Constitution gave them broad authority over the redistricting process.

But the judges disagreed with that argument, ruling that political maps would be illegal based on changes in the state’s population.

In a joint statement released after the court ruling, Senate Speaker Chuck Morse, R-Salem, and House Speaker Sherman Packard, R-Londonderry, said they would convene a conference committee to “discuss of legislation to establish a redistricting plan for the two members of Congress. districts “based on population changes in the Federal Decennial Census”.

The leaders said the Republican-led committee “will work together on a new map allocating our congressional districts that is constitutional, fair and released in a timely manner to ensure the public has an opportunity to provide input.”

The US Constitution requires states to draw new congressional district lines every 10 years, after the census, to account for population changes. States also use these numbers to draw maps for their federal and state legislative districts.

Between 2010 and 2019, New Hampshire grew by about 4%, adding 57,600 new residents for a total population of 1,379,089, according to 2020 U.S. Census data.

In its ruling, the Supreme Court reiterated that the Legislative Assembly is not precluded from enacting a “legally valid congressional district plan” before the June 1 deadline to finalize the maps.

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refuses to launch New York Assembly redistricting cards | New York News https://luxembourgglobe.com/refuses-to-launch-new-york-assembly-redistricting-cards-new-york-news/ Wed, 11 May 2022 16:54:00 +0000 https://luxembourgglobe.com/refuses-to-launch-new-york-assembly-redistricting-cards-new-york-news/ By MARINA VILLENEUVE, Associated Press ALBANY, NY (AP) — A New York judge on Wednesday refused to release new political maps setting out the boundaries of the state’s Assembly districts, saying that even though they were drafted incorrectly, opponents had waited too long to join the trial challenging them in court. If upheld, Judge Patrick […]]]>

By MARINA VILLENEUVE, Associated Press

ALBANY, NY (AP) — A New York judge on Wednesday refused to release new political maps setting out the boundaries of the state’s Assembly districts, saying that even though they were drafted incorrectly, opponents had waited too long to join the trial challenging them in court.

If upheld, Judge Patrick McAllister’s decision would give Democrats a minor victory in the redistricting battle in New York. Previous court rulings have struck down the party’s new preferred maps for state Senate and U.S. House districts as unconstitutional.

In his ruling, McAllister said the state Assembly district maps were also “unconstitutional in the manner in which they were enacted” by the state legislature.

But the judge said it would cause ‘utter confusion’ to allow people challenging the Assembly cards, Democratic activist Gary Greenberg and conservative political commentator Gavin Wax, to join an ongoing lawsuit over the cards of the Senate and Congress.

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McAllister said Greenberg and Wax were aware of the lawsuit when it was filed in February: “Yet they chose not to do anything at that time.”

The judge said the couple could still file a separate lawsuit challenging the Assembly cards. But he said letting them raise their case in the ongoing lawsuit would likely mean New York wouldn’t have all its cards ready in time for a primary this year.

New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, ruled last month that the Democratic-controlled Legislature failed to follow an anti-gerrymandering constitutional process approved by voters in 2014 when it nominated new political constituencies for the 2022 elections.

But the appeals court did not order the drawing of new Assembly maps because a group of GOP voters who continued the redistricting process did not specifically challenge them in their lawsuit. They only tackled maps of the US House and State Senate seats.

A redistricting expert, hired by McAllister, is currently working to redraw the Congressional and Senate districts under court supervision.

New York plans to hold Assembly and gubernatorial primaries on June 28. The state Senate and congressional primaries have been postponed to August 23 to allow time for the mapping process.

Copyright 2022 The Associated press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Lawmakers redraw SC House cards to settle discrimination lawsuit | WFAE 90.7 https://luxembourgglobe.com/lawmakers-redraw-sc-house-cards-to-settle-discrimination-lawsuit-wfae-90-7/ Sat, 07 May 2022 16:20:00 +0000 https://luxembourgglobe.com/lawmakers-redraw-sc-house-cards-to-settle-discrimination-lawsuit-wfae-90-7/ A settlement of a redistricting lawsuit has added drawing new maps of the South Carolina House to the list of things state lawmakers must do in the last three days of the General Assembly session this week. The House agreed to redraw maps that include areas around Orangeburg County, areas around Richland and Kershaw counties, […]]]>

A settlement of a redistricting lawsuit has added drawing new maps of the South Carolina House to the list of things state lawmakers must do in the last three days of the General Assembly session this week.

The House agreed to redraw maps that include areas around Orangeburg County, areas around Richland and Kershaw counties, and areas around Horry and Dillon counties, according to American Civil Liberties Union court documents. and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which continued over the cards.

If the maps are successfully redrawn, they will not be able to come into effect until the 2024 elections because the filing of candidacies has already been completed for the June 14 primaries.

The lawsuit said the South Carolina House cards intentionally diluted the number of black voters in 29 districts. A lawsuit filed by the two civil rights groups over the US house cards continues.

The House will take a bill already on the floor and amend it with the new maps and send it to the Senate in hopes the bill can be passed before the end of the regular session on May 12. The settlement will be voided and the trial will continue if they fail.

The settlement is a victory for South Carolina’s black community, but is only a first step in providing African Americans with fair voting rights, South Carolina NAACP President Brenda Murphy said. in a press release.

“Today marks a historic occasion: our political leaders have listened to our grievances and are working to create a more equitable political landscape. We have successfully challenged our government for increased political access,” Murphy said.

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Calling for More Public Comment on New York Political Maps – Oneida Dispatch https://luxembourgglobe.com/calling-for-more-public-comment-on-new-york-political-maps-oneida-dispatch/ Fri, 06 May 2022 19:48:09 +0000 https://luxembourgglobe.com/calling-for-more-public-comment-on-new-york-political-maps-oneida-dispatch/ By MARINA VILLENEUVE ALBANY, NY (AP) — Community activists and lawmakers went to a rural courthouse in western New York on Friday to weigh in on the shape of maps of the state’s political districts and to ask a judge more opportunities for the public to be heard. The state judge overseeing the reshuffling of […]]]>

By MARINA VILLENEUVE

ALBANY, NY (AP) — Community activists and lawmakers went to a rural courthouse in western New York on Friday to weigh in on the shape of maps of the state’s political districts and to ask a judge more opportunities for the public to be heard.

The state judge overseeing the reshuffling of New York’s Congressional and Senate districts has scheduled only one public hearing on the matter before the maps are finalized on May 20.

Anyone who wanted to speak publicly on the matter could either file something in writing with the court or appear in person Friday in Judge Patrick McAllister’s courtroom in Bath, New York, about 60 miles south of Rochester.

The court is working on a tight schedule to get the maps after the state’s highest court ruled that previous versions drawn by the Democratic-controlled legislature were unconstitutional.

Jonathan Cervas, a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Policy and Strategy, faces a May 16 deadline to publish his first draft of the replacement maps.

“We urge you to have more hearings, especially after the map is released,” Esmeralda Simmons, pro bono special counsel for the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College, said during the hearing. friday. “We want you to know that New Yorkers deserve to be heard, and they will want to be heard.”

Earlier this week, McAllister declined requests to let people testify at the hearing remotely, saying his court lacked the capacity to allow large numbers of people to do so.

“Unfortunately, I am unable to provide a remote option for anyone across the state to appear and comment,” Judge wrote in a May 3 letter to the New York Civic superintendent. Engagement Table, Melody Lopez. “But, a person can appear and testify in person.”

The judge said the court would review records from hearings held by the state’s independent redistricting commission last fall.

This commission’s effort to redraw political district boundaries – something that is required every 10 years – has collapsed due to partisan gridlock.

The Legislature then passed its own maps without any public input or a hearing like the one held by the judge on Friday.

Angel Vasquez, a Democratic state Senate candidate in Manhattan’s Washington Heights neighborhood, urged the court to consider some of the proposals rejected by the committee.

The court ordered the state primary elections for the state Senate and U.S. House moved to August 23, from their originally scheduled date of June 28, so that there would be enough time to redraw the maps. State officials have asked a federal judge to approve the change.

On Wednesday, former Democratic candidate Gary Greenberg filed a lawsuit asking McAllister to launch and order new state Assembly cards and delay Assembly races until Aug. 23 as well.

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War, invasion and the creation of new maps: The Tribune India https://luxembourgglobe.com/war-invasion-and-the-creation-of-new-maps-the-tribune-india/ Mon, 02 May 2022 00:04:00 +0000 https://luxembourgglobe.com/war-invasion-and-the-creation-of-new-maps-the-tribune-india/ Abhijit Bhattacharyya Commentator and author War (including civil war), invasion and conflict are the main factors that have shaped or reshaped, created or unmade the maps of the world since time immemorial. One instance will suffice. There have been 40 major invasions of India in the past 1,000 years, which naturally changed […]]]>


Abhijit Bhattacharyya


Commentator and author

War (including civil war), invasion and conflict are the main factors that have shaped or reshaped, created or unmade the maps of the world since time immemorial. One instance will suffice. There have been 40 major invasions of India in the past 1,000 years, which naturally changed the political maps of it. The English did not come to India as invaders per se. Nevertheless, in their quest for the “ease of doing business”, they have resorted to every possible role: invader, plunderer, dacoit, conspirator, murderer, racist leader and destroyer of native industry.

Not strangely, and true to the forces of world history, the English were ably aided by much of the Indians themselves, preferring foreigners to their own country cousins ​​due to wide perception that the lords of London seemed somehow better administrators than the local raiders, despite the variety of curvature adopted by the former.

In context, today’s Russian-Ukrainian conflict shows the stark reality of the changing or changing geopolitical map of the world. Whether the conflict is labeled a war or not, I see it as an extension and continuation of fratricide leading to avoidable conflict for Ukraine and an equally inevitable “civil” war for Russia, the US-led West. United States being the real target. Supposedly however, it is also for reclaiming or retaining territory on some of yesterday’s blood relations and today’s differences of opinion regarding whether or not a stranger is allowed to rank (similar to a number in the third person singular) across the Atlantic trying to enter the Sea of ​​Azov.

If the (bitter) truth is to be faced and digested, the first drastic change in the modern world map took place in Africa in the second half of the 19th century, cloaked in a somewhat civilized term – Western historians call it the partition”. of Africa” — as if the forced partition of foreign countries from another continent were a heroic act worthy of emulation.

Thus, seven European countries carried out their “Mission Dark Continent” (how pejorative!). England, France, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Italy and Germany tore Africa to pieces like a pack of hungry hyenas, the essence of which was written with deep sensitivity in Rabindranath Tagore’s stanza of rhymes, rhythms and images in his memorable and lyrical composition, Africa.

Virtually every corner of the African continent, which today consists of 54 countries, has been penetrated, mainly by “botanists and buccaneers; Bible and the bureaucrat” followed or accompanied by “banker and businessman”. To express the superiority of the white Europeans, the conquest of Africa was referred to as a mission of the “white man’s burden” to civilize and discipline the natives.

Thus, while less than a tenth of Africa became European colonies in 1875, by 1895 only a tenth remained unconquered or unsubdued. The following decades, however, saw rapid conquests by white Europeans, creating new maps across the world.

Between 1871 and 1900, the British Empire added 4.25 million square miles of territory and almost 70 million people. France added 3.5 million square miles and 26 million people. Simultaneously, Germany, Belgium and Italy each acquired new colonial empires; and at the turn of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, the “historical novelty” emerges. Most of the world now belonged to a handful of European “great” powers. It was “Life Divine Rule of Nine” on the “One World Supine”. England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark were in charge. Neither Russia (the largest land power) nor India (the second most populous geography) have ever been on the scene.

Fast forward to the mid-twentieth century and beyond. India and Russia are breaking into pieces overnight. In 1947, the geographical area of ​​India from 42,24,000 km2 was reduced to 32,80,000 km2. Its population of 42 crores fell to 34 crores as eight crores became Pakistanis. The eternally bickering, quarrelsome and myopic rulers of India fell into the trap of the British who were “happy” to grant “independence” to the fratricidal and restless demography of Indian geography, still filled with 565 “states within the ‘British India’. State”.

Forty-four years after India’s independence, it was the turn of the mighty USSR, which collapsed like a house of cards in 1991, shrinking from 2,24,02,200 km2 to 1.70, 98,200 km2. Its demographics have also shrunk by 50%. Overnight, the Soviet Union’s population of 29 crores (much larger than the 24 crores of its great American rival) was reduced to Russia’s 14.5 crores. Once again, it was the complacent but incompetent, inefficient and ignorant Communist leaders of the Marxists in Moscow who ruined their own nation, hypnotized by Glasnost and Perestroika, and drawn in by the magnetic and irresistible “purchasing power” of the dollar . “Gone with the Wind” was “the dictatorship of the proletariat” and head of the “Comintern” (Communist International), thus leaving the field open to a unitary “international order”.

Naturally, the United States came in and used the empty stage, expanding, conquering, invading, consolidating, corrupting the system of its former enemy. It is only natural. Following in the footsteps of the previous imperial powers of the West. Why not? Who will miss a chance? Morality or no morality! The power game is reality. It was an unusual and unique opportunity that was fully (over-)exploited by the United States to reach the coastline of the former USSR, which is (in fact) the “belly” of Moscow.

A quick glance, even by a layman, will clearly show that every country, especially a relatively “big” power, has (and always has had) a belly, colloquially called “spheres of influence”, despite the “rejection of it by the Europeans. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen during her speech in New Delhi recently.

How many ‘underbelly/spheres of influence’ does the UK still have? What if Spain claims Gibraltar (Spanish waters), the Falklands (over 10,000 km from the UK) by Argentina, and the Ascension Islands are aided in a big way by a power hostile to London? How will China react to an adversary courting Mongolia and encouraging Manchuria to secede?

How come the West and China willfully misunderstand Delhi’s “security threat perception” of the sub-Himalayan region and the nations surrounding it? Where were these preachers when China and Pakistan together violated India’s sovereignty through BRI and CPEC? Aren’t J&K and Ladakh India’s own territory? Can we say that it does not come under the “spheres of influence” of Delhi? There are still several Western countries whose “spheres of influence” and “interests” extend well beyond their geographic borders and sovereign territories.

Seen in this way, it is undeniable that the geography of the Sea of ​​Azov falls within the “sphere of influence” of Moscow. But the Russian action today is totally wrong and it must cease fire. Nevertheless, the West’s provocation is also obvious and therefore unacceptable. It takes two to tango. In times of war and peace.

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