This is a first. A federal panel of judges has ruled a state's Congressional redistricting unconstitutional based on partisan gerrymandering and set a date for its correction. Here it is, 2018, and the redistricting took place just after the 2010 Census results and Congressional elections. I am not getting my hopes up, but democracy would be properly served if relatively equal population districts of contiguous counties and cities could be drawn in all states. One man/woman, one vote should be the goal. We will never achieve it because of the advantage rural states have in the Electoral College, but we should at least make the states themselves fairer at the Congressional level.
If the Supreme Court ever overturns the antidemocratic and corrupt ruling that money equals speech, there is hope that the will of the people will someday be truly represented. I am not holding my breath. Understand that this corruption infects both parties. Remember how sickening it was that Hillary Clinton had taken hundreds of thousands of dollars for a handful of speeches to the likes of Goldman Sachs and other financial fat cats. You can bet they weren't paying for her golden words. The same is true for gerrymandering. It just so happens that the Republicans refined it to a science and took advantage of their unique victories in 2010 to enshrine it so effectively across the country. If Democrats were to run the table in state legislatures in 2020 we could easily have the same repulsive result.
The Supreme Court can make two rulings that would transform our country into a close proximity to that "shining city on a hill" that Reagan promised, but seems further than ever from realization. They can mandate equal redistricting and reverse the ruling that money equals speech. Then it would be left to Congress to limit financial contributions. It would be a fight, but with fair Congressional districts we might have a chance.
A panel of federal judges struck down North Carolina’s congressional map on Tuesday, declaring it unconstitutionally gerrymandered and demanding that the Republican-controlled General Assembly redraw district lines before this year’s midterm elections.North Carolina Congressional Map Ruled Unconstitutionally Gerrymanderedhttps://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/09/us/north-carolina-gerrymander.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0
The ruling was the first time that a federal court had blocked a congressional map because the judges believed it to be a partisan gerrymander, and it deepened the political chaos that has enveloped North Carolina in recent years.
“We agree with plaintiffs that a wealth of evidence proves the General Assembly’s intent to ‘subordinate’ the interests of non-Republican voters and ‘entrench’ Republican domination of the state’s congressional delegation,” Judge James A. Wynn Jr. wrote in a 191-page opinion that another judge joined in full.