GOP redistricting maps make dramatic changes
Critic calls redrawing of districts ‘shameful gerrymandering’; backers say they’re just doing jobs
By Jason Stein and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel
July 8, 2011 |
Madison – Republicans unveiled a plan Friday to redraw the state’s 132 legislative seats just before a wave of recall elections this summer – a proposal that would push at least 11 pairs of lawmakers into the same districts.
A quick vote would allow GOP lawmakers to approve the maps and lock down advantages for themselves at the ballot box for the next 10 years by drawing district lines in their favor. Republicans’ schedule would allow them to sign off on maps to their liking even if they lose control of the Senate in the coming weeks.
Republicans have been working on the maps for months, but Democrats and the general public saw them for the first time Friday, a week and a half before lawmakers are expected to approve them.