Chris Hayes of MSNBC commended progressives who confronted and overcome Wisconsin’s gerrymandering problem, which had kept Republicans in power for years.
The state’s supreme court ordered legislative maps to be altered on Friday, potentially undoing the state’s significant Republican gerrymander.
“This has been one of the most contentious fights in the whole nation over the most aggressive state gerrymander probably in the entire country,” Hayes said in a statement.
“The Wisconsin Republicans have gerrymandered a legislative map that basically guarantees them a 2-1 simple majority in both houses of the state legislature, even if the Democrat at the top of the ticket, Tony Evers, wins statewide.” After a very protracted battle in that state, they have now thrown those maps out thanks to a change in people in the court.”
“Yeah, and that last point is probably the most important: the hard work of Progressive and Democratic activists, but let’s get to the substance,” ex-Republican Rep. David Jolly (R-FL) stated. He went on to say:
Wisconsin has been a hotbed of gerrymandering and gerrymandering jurisprudence going all the way to the Supreme Court recently, and the question the high court wrestled with is, we know that gerrymandering on race and gender is unconstitutional, but can you gerrymander on partisan and political grounds? It’s called the efficiency gap that you point out in Wisconsin.
It’s relatively a 50-50 state, elected a Democratic governor, but Republicans have so gerrymandered the state legislature that it’s a 2-1 majority. What happened earlier this year, Progressive and Democratic activists worked very, very hard, Chris. You know this well.
The reward was, they elected a supreme court justice that tilted the scale towards the Democratic-elected judges. And they just ruled that, no, you can’t do a 2-1 majority for Republicans in a 50-50 state. It won’t affect Congress or the presidency but all of a sudden we have a very right gerrymandering question. And in Wisconsin, all lines for state legislature districts have to be redrawn.