Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Not So Fast There, Democracy

One of the stories I missed while I was in the heartland:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Friday blocked lower court rulings ordering Republican legislators in Michigan and Ohio to redraw U.S. congressional maps ahead of the 2020 elections, dealing a blow to Democrats who had argued that the electoral districts were intended to unlawfully diminish their political clout.

The justices granted requests from Republican lawmakers in both states to put those decisions on hold, halting further action in the cases and the need to rework electoral district boundaries. The justices did not provide any explanation for their brief orders.

Which means that in all likelihood the gerrymandered districts that tilt dizzyingly towards the Republicans will stay that way through the 2020 election.

Or, as Ben Alpers tweeted: “Stealing elections has consequences: you get to steal more.”

One bark on “Not So Fast There, Democracy

  1. I missed this, too. We’re starting to see the consequences of the Trump presidency blown up large. Republicans concentrated on getting a President who would stack the court. He has. They won. Democrats talked about climate change and slept while Republicans grabbed the gold ring.

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