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Even if the president's motives were partisan, a more plausible cover story would have been enough to pass judicial muster.
State legislatures and Congress can (and probably should) take steps to limit partisan gerrymandering. This was never an issue for the courts to settle.
Taking redistricting power away from lawmakers isn't a foolproof strategy for ending gerrymandering, but it's probably a modest step in the right direction.
Proposed "independent commissions" would each include four Republicans, four Democrats, and four people not affiliated with any political party.
The state Supreme Court did away with a Republican gerrymander and tilted the new map toward Democrats. That should be worrying.
The SCOTUS won't get involved in a dispute over Pennsylvania's congressional district lines. Could an algorithm succeed where lawmakers and judges have failed?
Independent redistricting commissions may not be as politically-neutral as theorized, says new study