Supreme Court will review Alabama's redrawn voting maps
June 2nd, 2014
02:53 PM ET
2 months ago

Supreme Court will review Alabama's redrawn voting maps

(CNN) – A challenge to Alabama's Republican-drawn legislative maps, which some civil rights and political groups say amounts to an unconstitutional racial quota and gerrymandering, will be reviewed by the Supreme Court.

The justices announced Monday they would decide whether the redrawn boundaries crowded African-American voters into fewer black-majority districts, reducing their political clout in a state where they make up an estimated 27 percent of the population.

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Filed under: Alabama • Redistricting • Supreme Court
Justice Department approves proposed redistricting plans in Florida
April 30th, 2012
06:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Justice Department approves proposed redistricting plans in Florida

Washington (CNN) – The Justice Department announced Monday it has approved all redistricting plans for the state of Florida.

The head of the Civil Rights Division, Thomas Perez, sent a letter to the Office of the Florida Attorney General, as well as lawyers for the Florida House and Senate, saying the plans are adequate to meet the requirements of the Civil Rights Act.
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Ohio congressman will not seek another term
December 30th, 2011
04:41 PM ET
3 years ago

Ohio congressman will not seek another term

(CNN) - Following a redistricting battle in Ohio, Republican Rep. Steve Austria announced Friday he will not run for re-election in 2012.

The two-term congressman cited the state's new redistricting map for his departure, expressing disappointment over the Ohio legislature's move to divvy up the 7th Congressional District and merge it with three different districts.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ohio • Redistricting
Overheard on CNN.com: Gerrymandering in American politics
November 18th, 2011
02:13 PM ET
3 years ago

Overheard on CNN.com: Gerrymandering in American politics

Washington (CNN) – CNN is taking a look at the redistricting process, which takes place every 10 years after each census is complete. In the last 10 years, 78% of the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives did not change party hands even once.

David Wasserman, redistricting expert for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, says that through redistricting elections can be "almost rigged" in a sense and this can lead to a more polarized Congress. Readers responded to this story by expressing a degree of cynicism about the political process on both sides of the aisle. Some even questioned whether they should vote at all.

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Filed under: Congress • House of Representatives • Politics • Redistricting
Freshmen congressmen to face-off in GOP primary
Rep. Joe Walsh speaks on Capitol Hill during a June news conference.
September 21st, 2011
06:54 PM ET
3 years ago

Freshmen congressmen to face-off in GOP primary

Washington (CNN)-Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich may have been spared his seat when new congressional district maps were drawn in Ohio, but two states away, freshman Rep. Joe Walsh wasn't so lucky.

Walsh announced Wednesday that he will seek re-election to Congress where his home is-in the new 14th Congressional District of Illinois. The trouble is, Walsh represents the 8th Congressional District while fellow Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren currently represents the 14th District. He also plans to seek re-election there, for his second term.
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Filed under: 2012 • Illinois • Joe Walsh • Redistricting
No re-district for Kucinich
September 13th, 2011
07:30 PM ET
3 years ago

No re-district for Kucinich

Washington (CNN)-Eight-term Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich will be looking for a new district to represent no more.

Tuesday he announced that his fear that Ohio’s 10th Congressional District would be redistricted out from under him was unfounded, after all.
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Filed under: 2012 • Dennis Kucinich • Ohio • Redistricting
Newly seated Rep. Hahn gets endorsement for new campaign
September 1st, 2011
07:42 PM ET
3 years ago

Newly seated Rep. Hahn gets endorsement for new campaign

(CNN) – Soon after Democratic Rep. Janice Hahn had settled in as the new congresswoman for California’s 36th District, it was slated for eradication. The district she was elected to serve was chopped up by redistricting–leaving Hahn to dust off her running shoes and launch a new congressional campaign.

Thursday she received a boost from Los Angeles Mayor Anthony Villaraigosa, who endorsed her candidacy.
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Filed under: 2012 • California • Congress • Janice Hahn • Redistricting
Kucinich is running for office … in some state
May 25th, 2011
10:22 AM ET
3 years ago

Kucinich is running for office … in some state

(CNN) – Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio said Wednesday he refuses to accept the Congressional redistricting in his state that may lead to the elimination of his district.

"I'm literally fighting back, hoping to have the chance to continue to serve," Kucinich told Carol Costello in an interview on “CNN Newsroom."
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Filed under: 2012 • Dennis Kucinich • Redistricting
Kucinich might move–to get re-elected
May 11th, 2011
04:54 PM ET
3 years ago

Kucinich might move–to get re-elected

(CNN)-Democratic Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich is willing to do almost anything to keep his congressional seat-even if it means leaving the state.

He opened a fundraising plea to supporters Wednesday saying, "I will not rule out a run elsewhere should my district be eliminated or radically altered."
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Filed under: 2012 • Dennis Kucinich • Ohio • Redistricting