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.”

23 thoughts on “Gerrymandering Grassroots Fight”

  1. 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!

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

      1. 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. 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???🤔

  4. “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/

  5. “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

  6. 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

  7. 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/

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