Breaking: SCOTUS Okay With Gerrymandering

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USA Today:

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that partisan election maps drawn by North Carolina Republicans and Maryland Democrats are constitutional despite their one-sided nature.

The 5-4 opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts and joined by the court’s other conservatives said federal courts may not intervene to block partisan gerrymandering.

“We have no commission to allocate political power and influence in the absence of a constitutional directive or legal standards to guide us in the exercise of such authority,” Roberts said.

Racial gerrymandering is still illegal, but the court had never said whether it’s possible for state legislatures to go too far in drawing legislative districts simply to preserve one party’s power, without racial discrimination.

To undo gerrymandered districts, a party must come into power by winning elections in the districts that have been stacked against them.

Got it.

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6 Responses to Breaking: SCOTUS Okay With Gerrymandering

  1. Redhand says:

    A truly tragic day for our country.

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  2. laura says:

    Please correct the record! The SCOTUS ruled that they are okay with gerrymandering that benefits Republicans. I’d bet all the money in my pocket against all the money in your pocket that they’d rule against dem gerrymandering because the majority are partisan hacks selected solely on the basis of their partisan hackery – and that’s the way McConnell planned it.

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    • MDavis says:

      Maryland is dem, but then they have, like, 10 electoral votes to North Carolina’s 12 votes, so they’ll let Maryland slide for now in order to keep the R states in their gerrymandered condition.

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  3. It is apparent to me now that the single most consequential election of my lifetime were the 2010 midterms, where all the Dems ran away from Obama as hard as they could to appear ‘Republican-Lite’ … Sam Bee has described them as the most catastrophic elections for our country in over a century, and she’s right. That handed control of redistricting to the GOP in dozens of states.

    Betcha they let the citizenship question stand, too. At some point they’re gonna leave folks with no other option but to burn shit down.

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    • MDavis says:

      Remember when Four dead in Ohio was a big deal? I do – but now it’s 63 dead in Pulse, and some jackoffs say it’s too bad the shooter got stopped short.
      Any burning down of shit will have to be serious to make a dent. Stock up on your bullet proof (resistant) vests and gas masks now! Remember the “Battle in Seattle”? The gendarmes there decided that suddenly military surplus stores and pawn shops were breaking the law (that they just made up) if they sold gas masks that week.

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  4. Pyed says:

    There is this clicking of hundreds of tiny knitting needles and Madame Defarge cackling in the background.

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