Jul 3, 201307:00 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Crossing the lines: Redistricting is not the real reason for state Republicans’ staggering success
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Three of every five contested seats last November featured a sitting Republican legislator running on a pro-reform record achieved in Scott Walker’s first two years, while only 12 of the 76 Democrats who contested Republicans were incumbents.
The GOP had more incumbents to put in the field because they came into the election with a 59-39-1 advantage. That majority was achieved in the 2010 election. That’s right, the election held before Republicans emerged from the catacombs with their crooked maps and sputtering candles!
The difference wrought by redistricting? The one conservative-leaning independent who did not seek re-election gave way to a Republican for a 60-39 Assembly advantage. The State Senate remained 18-15 Republican; the U.S. House was unchanged, also.
A gentle reminder: Scott Walker won his June 2012 recall in a heavy statewide turnout by a healthy 7% margin over this Democratic opponent. Wisconsin voters are going to reward the governor but punish his legislature?
Democrats sued over the new maps. A three-judge federal panel tweaked two Milwaukee districts but otherwise upheld the maps as constitutional and lawful.
Good government goo-goos yearn for a supposedly apolitical, unelected commission to draw legislative district boundaries. Of course, Democrats could have made that happen when they ruled the roost under Jim Doyle, but they voted it down. They wanted to draw their own squiggly lines.
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