Gerrymandering Grassroots Fight

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Predictions 5-13-17  In the congressional districts there is a big push in the nation to end Gerrymandering.

The Facts: LANSING, Michigan—Katie Fahey walks into the Grand Traverse Pie Company, blocks from the state Capitol, wearing a black T-shirt that announces her cause. “Voters should choose their politicians,” it reads, “not the other way around.”

As Fahey steps to the counter to order lunch, the cashier, a twentysomething like her, recognizes the message. Last year, he tells her, he signed the initiative petition circulated by Voters Not Politicians to ban gerrymandering.

“We got almost a half a million people to sign,” enthuses Fahey, who founded the group in 2016 based on her viral Facebook post.

“That’s for the midterms?” asks the cashier’s co-worker.

“Yeah! So, Yes on 2, November 6!” says Fahey. “We just need two million voters. It’s fine! We got this.”

24 responses to “Gerrymandering Grassroots Fight”

  1. Kelsi Avatar

    That is excellent news!

    1. Eric Leigh-Pink Avatar
  2. petemedium Avatar

    Sam’s Story Continues:
    Pete: So how are you going?
    Sam: Heaps better. Found my niche, as it were. Don’t know what I would have done without you all helping me. I really owe you my life, even if I didn’t realise it back then.
    https://petemediumspsychicteachings.wordpress.com/2018/09/22/sam-visits-sunday-29th-july/

  3. mhb Avatar

    Good to see some more positive things happening that you’ve predicted. We really need to fix gerrymandering if we want to fix US politics so govt will be more responsive to the people.

    Thanks, Eric!

  4. Cody Avatar

    Yay! Hopefully more of the same and hopefully we can one day get money out of politics. Doubtful but hopeful

    1. Eric Leigh-Pink Avatar

      They should at least be able to tell us who is giving the money the fact that it’s secret is sooo slimy

      1. Cody Avatar

        Absolutely! Dark money truly is slimy.

      2. mhb Avatar

        I don’t know if you saw. but an FEC rule just went into effect requiring disclosure of dark money.
        It’s kind of complicated — the trial court ruled in favor of a new FEC rule requiring disclosure, one judge on the Supremes (Roberts I think) stayed that decision, then the full court overruled the one judge and upheld the lower court decision.
        I’ll look for a link for it. It was in the last 2 weeks. I’d look on the CREW website for it. Also former FEC comm’r Weintraud tweeted about it.

      3. mhb Avatar

        Here’s the link to the story about the regulation of dark money and Supremes’ decision. https://www.citizensforethics.org/press-release/scotus-denies-stay-new-disclosure-ruling-goes-into-effect/

  5. jules104 Avatar

    Great news! I hope this gerrymandering ends. It’s ridiculous! And all of the dark money too… no matter which side you are on. Who’s running our country???🤔

    1. chime18 Avatar

      Money is running your country. Unfortunately it runs virtually every country.

    2. Eric Leigh-Pink Avatar

      It is pretty sad, as it takes away from true democracy

  6. Cody Avatar

    “GOP RACIAL GERRYMANDERING MASTERMIND PARTICIPATED IN REDISTRICTING IN MORE STATES THAN PREVIOUSLY KNOWN, FILES REVEAL”

    “While Hofeller was known for drawing maps to give Republicans an advantage and to limit the impact of voters of color in North Carolina, Texas, Missouri, and Virginia, the new documents reveal he also participated in the 2010 redistricting cycle in Alabama, Florida, and West Virginia.”

    “And, in those three states, it appears Hofeller and other Republican mapmakers experimented with using race as the primary factor in drawing districts in these states — a tactic ruled unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause, which requires that people in similar circumstances be treated the same under the law.”

    https://theintercept.com/2019/09/23/gerrymandering-gop-west-virginia-florida-alabama/

  7. Cody Avatar

    “Republicans tried to rig the vote in Michigan – but ‘political novices’ just defeated them”

    “Michigan is one of the most gerrymandered states in the country. At that time, Republicans held majorities in the state legislature and congressional delegation, even though Democrats earned a significant share of the statewide vote, and the state is considered politically competitive. And the GOP lawmakers were not subtle: emails made public last year revealed a Republican aide bragging about cramming ‘Dem garbage’ into certain Michigan districts in 2011, as they drew the current electoral boundaries.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/nov/27/gerrymandering-michigan-citizens-voters-not-politicians

  8. Cody Avatar

    “New congressional maps in North Carolina will stand for 2020, court rules”

    “The previous maps gave Republicans a 10-3 advantage in the U.S. House of Representatives. Under the new maps, Democrats are expected to pick up two seats, cutting it down to an 8-5 Republican edge.”

    https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article237958719.html

  9. Cody Avatar

    Trump re-election adviser told Wisconsin Republicans the party “traditionally” relied on voter suppression to compete in battleground states but will be able to “start playing offense” due to relaxed Election Day rules, according to audio obtained by AP.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna1106031#click=https://t.co/4OgCW1CpDu

  10. Cody Avatar

    “This is crazy”

    “Right-wing group convinced GOP-appointed judge to purge 234,000 Wisconsin voters from rolls before 2020 election”

    “When 3 Dem members of Wisconsin Election Commission refused to remove voters while case was appealed same GOP judge held them in contempt of court”

    https://mobile.twitter.com/AriBerman/status/1216800026283978753

  11. Cody Avatar

    “Texas closes hundreds of polling sites, making it harder for minorities to vote”

    “Guardian analysis finds that places where black and Latino population is growing by the largest numbers experienced the majority of closures and could benefit Republicans”

    https://amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/mar/02/texas-polling-sites-closures-voting#click=https://t.co/Myt8VE1W3L

  12. Cody Avatar

    GOP strategist Paul Weyrich said the same thing almost 40 years ago:

    “Trump says Republicans would ‘never’ be elected again if it was easier to vote

    “Donald Trump admitted on Monday that making it easier to vote in America would hurt the Republican party.

    “The president made the comments as he dismissed a Democratic-led push for reforms such as vote-by-mail, same-day registration and early voting as states seek to safely run elections amid the Covid-19 pandemic.”

    https://amp.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/mar/30/trump-republican-party-voting-reform-coronavirus#click=https://t.co/w5xe4CBZLi

  13. Cody Avatar

    Voter intimidation in minority voting districts:

    “Conservative operatives want to recruit retired military & police officers as Republican poll watchers to challenge eligibility of voters in “inner city” and predominantly Native American voting precincts,

    “The idea is a reprisal of once-illegal Election Day ‘ballot security’ intimidation tactics, intended to challenge voter registration and remove voters from the rolls.”

    https://theintercept.com/2020/04/11/republican-poll-watchers-vote-by-mail-voter-fraud/

  14. Cody Avatar

    “RNC says it is doubling its budget to oppose voting rights in court to $20,000,000.

    “Republican spox: RNC is prepared to sue Democrats ‘into oblivion and spend whatever is necessary.'”

    https://www.politico.com/amp/news/2020/05/07/trump-democrats-voting-laws-243517#click=https://t.co/amsBOegQgD

  15. Cody Avatar

    “Our Next Electoral Nightmare: Half Kentucky’s Black voters live in one county.

    “It will have one polling place… for 616,000 registered voters.

    “Today’s GOP knows no limits when it comes to discrimination… and destruction of our democracy.”

    https://mobile.twitter.com/BenJealous/status/1274275023491076102

  16. Cody Avatar

    “Voter suppression in a nutshell:

    “during Georgia primary voters in predominantly white areas waited 6 minutes to vote while voters in predominantly minority areas waited 51 minutes to vote”

    https://mobile.twitter.com/AriBerman/status/1301546918837972994

  17. Cody Avatar

    “After Record Turnout, Republicans Are Trying to Make It Harder to Vote

    “In statehouses nationwide, Republicans who echoed Trump’s baseless voter fraud claims are proposing to make it harder to vote next time.

    “State legislators have filed 106 bills to tighten election rules — triple the number at this time last year.”

    https://mobile.twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1356316393487011840

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