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Intro: "Republicans scored a redistricting win Friday, with Wisconsin lawmakers unveiling a draft congressional map that boosts three House GOP incumbents including House Budget chief Paul Ryan."

Rep. Paul Ryan stands to benefit from Wisconsin Republicans' redistricting plan.  (photo: Charles Dharapak/AP)
Rep. Paul Ryan stands to benefit from Wisconsin Republicans' redistricting plan. (photo: Charles Dharapak/AP)




GOP Redraws Wisconsin Electoral Map

By Alex Isenstadt, Politico

09 July 11

 

epublicans scored a redistricting win Friday, with Wisconsin lawmakers unveiling a draft congressional map that boosts three House GOP incumbents including House Budget chief Paul Ryan.

The proposal, released Friday afternoon by GOP leaders in the state Assembly and Senate, makes modest changes to the state's eight districts but provides support to GOP Reps. Ryan, Sean Duffy and Tom Petri - crafting for each a new seat that is slightly more GOP friendly.

Republicans hold full control over both state legislative chambers and the governor's mansion, so Democrats hold little power in the redrawing of the state's congressional boundaries. The GOP-led state Legislature intends to vote on passing the maps by July 19 - ahead of an August recall election that could cost Republicans control of the state Senate.

Democrats are planning to aggressively target Ryan and Duffy.

Kenosha County Supervisor Rob Zerban, a progressive favorite, has announced plans to challenge Ryan, the House Budget Committee chairman and the author of the controversial Republican plan to rewrite Medicare legislation. Duffy, a former reality TV star who is widely regarded as one of the most vulnerable Republicans in the country, faces a challenge from Democrat Pat Kreitlow, a former state senator and onetime TV news anchor.

In shoring up the three Republicans, the GOP plan also provides a friendlier district for Democratic Rep. Ron Kind.

In a statement, Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate ripped Republicans for the new map, saying: "This is nothing but a pure, unprecedented partisan power grab. From now on, anytime any Republican claims they are fulfilling their constitutional duty when they defend this map, or they are trying to better represent Wisconsin, it's either A) a bald faced lie or B) stunning ignorance."

Republicans were dealt early setbacks in redistricting, with new maps in Illinois and California costing the GOP as many as 10 seats between the two states.

But, in June, Michigan Republicans released a draft map that would cost Democrats one seat, and North Carolina Republicans last week unveiled a blueprint last week that could imperil up to four House Democrats.

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+6 # Pancho 2011-07-10 00:22
Gerrymandering is a simple enough process. Those who draw the lines put as many Democrats together in a district that they would be almost be sure to win anyway. That means that it takes away Democrats from nearby districts making them more competitive for Republicans.

Tom DeLay was a master at this process of disenfranchisem ent. His carving up of Texas, funded with illegal corporate campaign contributions, was approved by the courts save for one district that aimed to decrease Hispanic representation.

Districts are supposed to incorporate like communities, as geographically contiguous as possible.

Another tactic is to put incumbent Democrats, who have an advantage over challengers in funding for reelection, together in the same district with other Republicans. This is almost certain to happen with Dennis Kucinich, whom Koch-Governor Kasich of Ohio and the Republican party is determined to remove from office.
 
 
+11 # giraffee2012 2011-07-10 00:46
I live in CA. We're as big as Southern Sudan. I want to leave the USA and become and independent nation. The GOP and southern religious leaders who can't keep their bible out of my constitution are no welcomed in this new country.

I want Vermont (with Bernie Sanders) included in my country and a few others but not Ryan Paul, Walker, Perry (the killer), and you get the gist. No anti gay, anti abortion leaders who quote THEIR bible (instead of the constitution) nor do I want anyone connected with the Koch brothers (such as Scalia/Thomas)

Independence day 8/02/2011 --- Govnor Brown -- get us out of USA and get our own banks (kick BofA out of CA - for sure)

I'm not drunk but maybe gone mad for seeing so much corruption in my USA as if it were a 3rd world nation (or going there)

Vote 2012 -- register now and get mail-in ballots if in a state with a GOP/TP gov or congress.
 
 
0 # KittatinyHawk 2011-07-10 20:01
These Bible quoters are more Criminals than actually Fervent Christians. Lord would look the other way if they came to him. They would have to wash a lot of feet
I hope American public get their Faith in order. God has a whole list of Commandments and their was no Loopholes...Pol iticians have not upheld a one. Those not of white Puritan Mode are no better. Many of them have Laws and even the same Commandments but use what they want when they want...
Or Perhaps the Politicians know they Wield Religious Fervor in Words only as their is no God? Religion of white man and others has always been dominance and Submission Game.
 
 
+2 # michelle 2011-07-11 00:25
Hey. let's add Washington and Oregon to strengthen the resource base and man, I sure like the beaches in Baja. We can can call ourselves the United States of Pacifica.
 
 
+14 # Hawke17 2011-07-10 07:56
Is America really a democracy anymore? In Canada we have an impartial Elections Canada that redraw electorial districts. WE even vote the old way ..... by marking an X on the ballot and with every vote hand counted. When the polls close we have a result within the hour. Bush could never cheat like he did in 2000 and 2004 in Canada.
 
 
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2011-07-10 20:02
God Bless Canada for this and many more Humane Treatment of your Residents, helping them, appreciating them
 
 
+5 # moby doug 2011-07-10 09:44
Hawke 17, I know your question is rhetorical. America has become a plutocracy, a kleptocracy, a corporatocracy, a dollarocracy. The word "democracy" is only used to exploit, deceive, and placate the suckers. Political power, and even the "news," go to the highest bidder, and we know who has the bidding dough.....
 
 
+2 # giraffee2012 2011-07-10 10:36
Why does this corruption carry no penalty when an elected official clearly does not follow the Rule of Law, This is not 1930 when the Italian Mafia controlled these events or are these elected officials part of the Koch Mafia?

We jailed the Italian Mafia (and still do) - so what is good for the goose is good for the gander and prosecute & jail the Koch family controlled Mafia.
 
 
+5 # jwb110 2011-07-10 12:16
How about freeing the Mafia and hiring some to do kneecap jobs on the GOP?
 

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