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If current maps are illegal, who will draw new ones?

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Will the people finally be put ahead of partisanship? The Wisconsin Supreme Court began hearing arguments this week challenging the constitutionality of our current legislative maps. Wisconsin has some of the most gerrymandered legislative districts in the nation, allowing the party in power to make it easier for their candidates to get elected. That is because Republicans who control the Legislature have used surgical precision to draw the maps and protect their partisan control. That is not right. Legislative boundaries should not favor either political party. They shouldn’t be drawn to keep a lawmaker, or a party, in power. By law, legislative boundaries are supposed to be contiguous and respect town boundaries as much as possible. Instead, under current maps, many voters are on an island, not connected to the Assembly district they are assigned to. It seems clear the current maps are unconstitutional. The question will be if the maps are declared illegal, who would be in charge of drawing the new maps? That may be the harder question to answer.

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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4 Comments

  1. Roy

    November 29, 2023 at 10:58 am

    I think Judge Janet is the only unbiased authority that could do the job. She called the current boundaries “rigged”, therefore only Judge Janet Pronituonicdeticwitz can unrig them.

  2. Walden

    November 29, 2023 at 1:15 pm

    According to the Wall Street Journal, most of the so-called Wisconsin “islands” are geographic anomalies with no voters residing in them. That is why the islands were previously accepted by the WI supreme court as constitutional.

    The lawsuit seeks the progressive controlled court re-draw the boundaries a la Illinois…that worked out well.

    That’s the rest of the story.

    • Roy

      November 29, 2023 at 3:17 pm

      The term “progressive” is one liberals adopted when the term “liberal” fell out of fashion. “Progressive” is also the name of a huge insurance company who runs lots of TV ads featuring a likeable woman in white bib overalls and her friends engaging in funny pranks. The political “progressives” are very comfortable sharing this namesake. It allows the liberal agenda to move forward under an alias.

      Judge Judy is an unabashed liberal.

  3. nick

    November 29, 2023 at 3:48 pm

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court will draw the boundaries to favor the Democrats.
    We will look like Illinois.

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