Email date: 11/25/08
In this update:
1. Law School forum posted on YouTube
2. Possessing the map
If you weren’t able to attend last week’s Justice, Money and Politics forum at the UW Law School, you can watch it here.
In the relatively few state legislative districts in Wisconsin that are truly competitive, this year’s elections were free-for-alls with record spending and unprecedented levels of involvement by special interest groups. But for one reason alone, they’ll pale in comparison to what’s in store in 2010.
That reason is redistricting. Who controls the state Legislature after the 2010 elections will control the process of redrawing district lines.
An editorial in the Wisconsin State Journal over the weekend sounded the alarm about redistricting, and not a moment too soon. The political class is most assuredly thinking about it. Citizens should be too.
The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School has developed some excellent resources on redistricting, including a publication released this summer that is nothing short of an owner’s manual for the political mapmaking process.
Then there’s the Redistricting Game. A fun way to learn the ins and outs of drawing district lines.