Boring but important
Supreme Court to weigh gerrymandering
The Supreme Court this week agreed to review a landmark gerrymandering case that could have a radical impact on the way district lines are drawn across the country. The case involves a dispute over district lines in Wisconsin, where a divided panel of three federal judges ruled last year that the state’s Republican lawmakers had pushed through an electoral map so partisan, it violated the Constitution’s First Amendment. In the past, the justices have invalidated district lines that discriminated against minorities—but rarely those that favored one political party over another. If the court upholds the federal panel’s decision, hundreds of safely Republican or Democratic seats nationwide could potentially be up for grabs.