In the News in Indiana
Council’s map contract leaves out public
By Julia Vaughn and Erin Kelley Via Indianapolis Star, read the full story here. Much is at stake with the upcoming mayoral and City-County Council elections, not the least of which is who will control the process to redraw council districts next year. Redistricting in Marion County was particularly contentious last decade, with the new [...]
Draw the Line and Start Meaningful Dialogue With Redistricting
By Leah Rush Read the story at Huffington Post Chicago Illinois. Indiana. Michigan. Minnesota. Ohio. Wisconsin. Political news coming out of these Midwest states has dominated recent national headlines — everything from throngs of demonstrators in state capitol buildings to absent legislators avoiding votes to presidential hopefuls to a big-haired, former governor on trial (again). [...]
The rigged game of redistricting
“The bottom line is this: If you’re frustrated with the bitter polarization afflicting American politics, you should be pushing for redistricting reform right now.”
Census Bureau releases all state population data
The US Census Bureau has released population data for all 50 states. This data can be used for redistricting and paves the way for all states to begin their processes with the most recent numbers. Check out the Census data page, and check out the Midwest states in the widgets here
House-Senate Hearings around Indiana
House-Senate Hearings around Indiana March 25 – 26
FW Journal-Gazette: Redistricting panel seeks public input
The Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission wants to know what northeast Indiana thinks the next congressional and state legislative districts should look like.
So do state lawmakers.
NW IN Times: Group calls for more input in redistricting maps
“We’d like to give the legislature a citizen’s perspective of what the maps should look like,” said Jack Wilhite, of Warsaw, Indiana
Proceed with caution on maps
The interstate flight of Indiana House Democrats evokes memories of a much briefer walkout that took place 10 years ago by their rival party. This year’s extreme partisanship does not exactly boost hopes for banishing that ghost of 2001.
News & Tribune: Push for fair redistricting process at IUS
“The voters need to have a say in who represents them, instead of it being the other way around,” said Clee Oliver, a commissioner from Kokomo….
T-H Tribune Star: 1 Dem+1 Rep hope to make process equitable
Julia Vaughn, who represents Common Cause Indiana on the Citizens Redistricting Commission, contends Indiana lawmakers have given themselves little time to generate true public participation….