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Fairer maps are better for everyone



It is a beautiful day for democracy in Wisconsin, as Governor Tony Evers has signed new legislative voting maps into law. For decades, Wisconsin voters have been going to the polls to select candidates amid the most gerrymandered maps in the country. That has made it easier for incumbents, particularly those incumbents who drew the maps, to win re-election. The new maps make it decidedly more fair from people of both parties to win election. Amazingly, this legislation had broad bipartisan support, with the Republican-controlled Senate and Assembly both voting to adopt the maps submitted by Democratic Governor Tony Evers. Passage ends the redistricting fight that had been before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, saving taxpayers millions in legal fees. Still, some are skeptical that this isn’t some sort of ruse by Republican leaders in Madison, that they only accepted Evers’ maps because maps drawn by the Supreme Court could be even more favorable to democrats. It is predicted that democrats will see gains in both the Assembly and Senate under the new maps, but that is no guarantee. Still, this is long overdue. Wisconsin is a purple state, but Republicans hold huge majorities in the Legislature because of the current gerrymandered maps. Under the new maps, finally voters will be able to choose their candidates, rather than the other way around.

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. Kent Porter

    February 20, 2024 at 6:27 am


  2. Kevin

    February 20, 2024 at 7:21 am

    Oh good, I went from living in a left leaning, area to living in a left leaning area. I have not been represented on the state level since I moved to LaCrosse. I am still not represented so as far as I am concerned, the maps are still Gerry Mandered. Good job!

    • The Dude

      February 20, 2024 at 11:17 am


      I often wondered who is this fella Gerry Mandered? I have searched Ancestery.com and the closest relative I can find is his cousin Richard Cranium who lives next door to Ben Dover. And low and behold Ben has influenced the legislative map process.

      Try not to get to dizzy with all of the Lacrosse gravitational pull that keeps pulling us father from center. Try and remember Physics and what happens when the balance leans to far – Being out of balance means that your center of gravity is no longer above your support base(the people that pay taxes). When that happens you fall down.

      • Walden

        February 20, 2024 at 11:10 pm

        Unfortunately, Dude, fewer and fewer of our fellow citizens are paying taxes and so many benefit from “refundable tax credits” receiving “tax refunds” and other freebees even if paying no taxes. People do vote their pocketbook. The balance gets out of kilter due to socialist programs when too many able citizens have no skin in the game and are devolved into parasites.

        • The Dude

          February 21, 2024 at 1:01 pm


          We are on the same page my friend. I don’t think you were picking up what I was putting down. If you “read between the lines” of my comment you will find the sarcasm and see what I meant.

          The new legislative maps were forced, ie. Ben Dover, and may result in more left leaning policies. If the left keeps pulling and driving debt load until the government/economy topple, we will be like Venezuela. Our government fails to cut spending in the face of falling revenues, and has dealt with the crisis by denying its existence, as well as violently repressing opposition.

          The fall will come marked by hyperinflation, escalating starvation, disease, crime and mortality rates. But the younger crowd will look at it and not know why it occurred.

          Again Walden we are in agreement.

  3. John Q Public

    February 20, 2024 at 7:27 am

    Democery is dead in Wisconsin with this dysfunctional Governor.

  4. Mitey Mite

    February 20, 2024 at 11:17 pm

    Evers keep up his pandering act at UWL for a reason. He knows the young Karens are willing to kill babies (women’s health care) to vote for him and the supreme court judge which makes it all possible. Such an obedient demographic Karens are.

    Didn’t see a picture of Pfaff or Engel in attendance…did they not read their email?

  5. Ric

    February 21, 2024 at 6:16 am

    My common sense believes that a democrat governor would approve a map that favors democrats. Otherwise, his own party would get rid of him.

    • Bob N.

      February 21, 2024 at 8:32 am

      Not only did Tony approve the map….he drew it. And the Republicans went along. Republicans can’t gripe in the weeks ahead. Like my buddy said ” I can’t complain about my wife….I picked her.”

  6. Migrant

    February 21, 2024 at 10:35 am

    Fair maps. Just ask the people of Illinois (that is, those living outside of Dem hell-hole Chicagoland).

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