Revisiting the Supreme Court Decision on Gerrymandering

By the Price of Business, Media Partner of US Daily  Review.

The Price of Business show, hosted by Kevin Price and nationally syndicated on the Biz Talk Radio Network, recently interviewed attorney Lee Kaplan, who is a regular on the  program.

Recently they discussed the Supreme Court’s decision to not address the issue of gerrymandering that has fostered political polarization around the country.  Price and Kaplan visited on this topic, that has received do much attention from politicians and others from around the  country.

US Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) said in a statement “Extreme partisan gerrymandering distorts the reciprocal relationship between citizens and their elected officials, which is the foundation of our self-governing democratic republic… Prohibiting this partisan practice is one of the most significant ways we can begin to fix our broken political system. This week’s Supreme Court decisions failed to answer important questions on gerrymandering that can only be resolved if voters have standing to challenge their state’s extremely partisan maps. This bill is the first step to enable citizens to regain control of their  government.”

Meanwhile in the US House, Congressman John K. Delaney (D-MD) has weighed in, noting “Gerrymandering, low voter turnout and a broken primary system have warped Congress and encouraged extreme partisanship that is hurting the country and blocking smart legislation. Right now, in too many districts, the only election that matters is the party primary and that means a small and disproportionately partisan percentage of the population has an outsized influence on Congress. The American people are deeply frustrated because they can see that Congress just doesn’t reflect the country’s priorities. The Open Our Democracy Act ends partisan gerrymandering nationwide, helps more people vote by making Election Day a holiday and creates open top-two primaries. This is a comprehensive reform bill to ensure that the districts are fair and that all voters are  heard.”

Although both sides are guilty of this practice (and have members concerned about it), we could not find statements from Republicans about reform legislation on a federal level, largely because they believe this should be left to the states, as a guiding  principle.

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