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  1. 2018 midterms
    With One Final Democratic Victory, Midterms EndAll in all, it was a good year for donkeys, and a good start on their 2020 goals.
  2. 2018 midterms
    Democrats Made Gains on Redistricting, But the Game’s Not Over YetDemocrats are in a better position than they were a decade ago, but what happens in the next two years will matter a great deal.
  3. Michigan Case Illustrates the Overlap Between Racial and Partisan GerrymanderingMichigan Republicans bragged about concentrating “Dem garbage” and minimizing impact of black voters. Is this too much or not enough for the courts?
  4. The Midterms Could Have a Big Impact on RedistrictingA majority of governors and a sizable minority of legislators who will be drawing congressional lines for the next decade will be elected this year.
  5. What the Midterms Would Look Like If Clinton Had WonThe silver lining of Trump’s presidential win for Democrats is that their party is facing a good, not a potentially disastrous, midterm election.
  6. The Debate Over Gerrymandering Is Changing in a Fundamental WayRedistricting isn’t just about nice-looking maps anymore.
  7. Court Orders North Carolina to Draw Less GOP-Biased DistrictsFor the first time ever, a federal court just ruled that partisan gerrymandering is unconstitutional. That could gain Democrats five new House seats.
  8. Exactly How High Could That 2018 Democratic Wave Rise?Yes, Republicans have some institutional advantages in their efforts to hang onto the House. But they only help so much in a wave election.
  9. New Yorkers Poised to Vote Down Constitutional ConventionRecently, it looked like New York might hold its first constitutional convention since 1967. But fears of unintended consequences turned the tide.
  10. There’s a Lot at Stake in the VA Governor’s Race — and Democrats Are WorriedPolls are now very tight in a nasty culture-war campaign. If Republican Ed Gillespie wins, look out in 2018.
  11. Will Justice Kennedy Sink Partisan Gerrymandering — or Save It?In a potential landmark case from Wisconsin, SCOTUS tries to decide if intent to rob minority-party voters of influence can be measured and corrected.
  12. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Big Wisconsin Gerrymandering CaseIt is well established that states cannot draw district lines to disadvantage racial minorities. Political minorities have no such protection — yet.
  13. Federal Court Opens the Door to Restrictions on Partisan GerrymanderingIf SCOTUS agrees, it would be a boon to Democrats and a blow to the GOP.
  14. America’s Not a Democracy, and That’s Bad for DemocratsSlightly more than half the country supports them, but distortions in our system of government allow the GOP all the power.
  15. Democratic Losses in Key States Went Far Down Ballot to State LegislaturesThe very states that gave Donald Trump the presidency spurned Democratic efforts to regain control of state legislative chambers.
  16. Obama’s Post-Presidency Plan: Challenge the GOP’s State-Level AdvantageRepublicans did a brilliant job of entrenching themselves in Congress and the states after 2010’s redistricting. Dems are playing catch-up.
  17. Democrats Used Underhanded Tactics in Redistricting California The GOP is hopping mad, and rightfully so.
  18. At Least Two People Want to Be New York’s Congressperson for Fifteen Months [Updated]Anthony Weiner’s seat won’t last for long — but a couple of people might still want it.
  19. Expect a Call From Former Mayor KochA robo-call, that is.