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A sudden change of heart on Wisconsin’s gerrymandered maps



When you’re cornered, your first instinct is to look for a way to escape. That is the position Wisconsin legislative leaders are in as the fight over legislative maps intensifies. The maps that determine legislative districts, and who you get to vote for, are currently drawn by Republicans to favor Republican candidates. And it has worked overwhelmingly. But the maps are considered the most gerrymandered in the nation, and ultimately unfair. Speaker Robin Vos has repeatedly argued that the maps should be drawn by the politicians, not a bipartisan panel like is used in Iowa. He to this day still defends Wisconsin’s rigged maps which benefit his party. He has resisted calls to adopt the Iowa style. But now with a lawsuit pending before the Wisconsin Supreme Courts that threaten to throw the current maps out, Vos suddenly likes the idea of a bipartisan commission of mapmakers. He wants an independent body to draw the maps, but also wants lawmakers, like the Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature, to have the final say. That doesn’t sound like much of a change. If Wisconsin is going to adopt a new process, it should be the courts, not the politicians, who have to give final approval.

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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  1. Wayne

    September 14, 2023 at 7:43 am

    Agreed Vos cost the state too much money already with his Gableman fiasco. Let the courts decide without anymore undue influence from the GOP.

  2. Bertha Nunya

    September 14, 2023 at 8:57 am

    If you look at a map of Wisconsin voters without any legislative lines drawn you will see that a majority of the state is Republican. The exceptions to this are metro areas. Metro areas continue to vote Democrat to get government subsidies at the expense of the rural areas. I’m not even Republican but don’t want to see our rural areas suffer.

    • Kurt

      September 15, 2023 at 11:21 am

      Land doesn’t vote. There’s a reason the state is purple for statewide elections. Our legislature should reflect that.

      • Muttly

        September 15, 2023 at 10:16 pm

        Sure why not, we have a national govt led by liberal nutjobs. Now lets have WI replicate that model because its been so successful nationally.

  3. nick

    September 14, 2023 at 3:03 pm

    You want the courts to decide.
    You want the courts to decide since the Wisconsin Supreme Court turned liberal.
    I want a commission put together if people like myself who cannot tolerate either party.
    The other part of the equation is voters have to stop pulling the lever for one party

    • Timmy

      September 15, 2023 at 12:12 pm

      The courts have already reviewed this matter. The current challenge is an attempt to re-litigate something already litigated.

  4. Kent Porter

    September 17, 2023 at 7:15 am

    I have an idea , Lets get rid of these CORRUPT MAPS and just go out and VOTE IN PERSON ON VOTING DAY The DEMOCRATS did the same crap when they had the MAJORITY , THATS HOW I SEE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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