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Still stalling on redrawing legislative boundaries



The judge’s order was clear. Wisconsin lawmakers were told to redraw the current legislative boundaries by November 1 of this year. The judge ruled the current gerrymandered boundaries were created, purposely, to benefit republican candidates. The maps were called the most partisan the judge had ever seen. So what has been the reaction to the judge’s ruling? Unfortunately, the only reaction we have seen so from from republicans who control the legislature is to try to launch another legal battle, hoping to overturn the judge’s ruling. Apparently they are pinning their hopes on being successful, because so far there is no evidence that our lawmakers have spent a single minute trying to work with each other to draw new maps which are fair to both parties. There has been no input from the public. In fact, lawmakers are spending hundreds of thousands more of our tax dollars on lawyers, without so much as a public vote to authorize the expenditure. But there have been no meetings even scheduled to begin drawing new maps. We have not heard when they will finally get to work, and how they plan to do this job. They have not told us how much they are spending on these lawyers, or even who they have hired to do the work. We shouldn’t be kept in the dark on this. Our lawmakers should get to work on these new maps, and the public should be part of that process.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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