Obama, Holder to lead post-Trump redistricting campaign
By Edward-Isaac Dovere
“The former attorney general heads up a new Democratic effort to challenge the GOP’s supremacy in state legislatures and the U.S. House.”
As Democrats aim to capitalize on this year’s Republican turmoil and start building back their own decimated bench, former Attorney General Eric Holder will chair a new umbrella group focused on redistricting reform — with the aim of taking on the gerrymandering that’s left the party behind in statehouses and made winning a House majority far more difficult.
The new group, called the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC), was developed in close consultation with the White House.
“American voters deserve fair maps that represent our diverse communities — and we need a coordinated strategy to make that happen,” Holder said. “This unprecedented new effort will ensure Democrats have a seat at the table to create fairer maps after 2020.”
President Barack Obama himself has now identified the group — which will coordinate campaign strategy, direct fundraising, organize ballot initiatives and put together legal challenges to state redistricting maps — as the main focus of his political activity once he leaves office.
…Obama strongly endorsed Holder’s selection, and is planning more involvement in state races this year. But it’s in his post-presidency that redistricting will be a priority for his fundraising and campaigning.
“Where he will be most politically engaged will be at the state legislative level, with an eye on redistricting after 2020,” said White House political director David Simas, who’s been briefing Obama on the group’s progress since it started coming together at the beginning of the summer.
The group’s incorporation follows a pitch made to major donors in Philadelphia during the Democratic convention in July, led by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, along with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chair Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico. The group hasn’t filed any financial reports yet and isn’t releasing figures for money raised, but operatives say several organizations have donated initial funds in its early stages of fundraising.
…The NDRC aims to tackle a central problem for Democrats: They complain about the need for redistricting reform all the time and have dozens of aligned interest groups pushing their own efforts, but none has gone far — and that’s left the party on the ropes every cycle. Lower Democratic turnout in midterm years has enabled Republicans to win governors’ races and statehouse races that consolidate power in state capitals and Washington by being the ones to draw the maps that everyone needs to run on.
They argue that Democrats have been losing races in large part because they’ve let Republicans tilt the field. The result: The ranks of up-and-coming Democrats have been thinned, and there are fewer and more difficult races for the ones who are left to run on.
…The gubernatorial candidates who win in 2017 and 2018 are the ones who’ll be in office to approve the maps for the 2022 elections, put together by the state legislators elected along with them. The NDRC plans to hold regular meetings of Democratic groups and allies, building collaborative strategies on recruitment, ad spending, get-out-the-vote and other efforts to maximize resources and impact. House campaigns would then work with state Senate and assembly campaigns, unions, progressive organizations and others in high opportunity areas, hoping to push up their numbers as much as possible ahead of the 2020 census.
…“We’re developing a comprehensive, unified plan that represents tactically the way we increase Democratic power in the next redistricting that’s state specific,” said Mark Schauer, a former Michigan congressman and failed 2014 candidate for governor who’s serving as a senior adviser to the group. “By 2017, we’ll speak with one voice under the auspices of the NDRC to big donors around the country, pointing them to the best ways to impact redistricting.
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This is not just an article but a clear warning and declaration of war by the Democrats that ALL localities and states with conservative concerned citizens need to be aware of and take active steps to be involved in if they hope to keep our country a republic and not a communist run extension of the United Nations in the years to come. It behooves those opposing them to come together and plan as a unified body as well.
The Republican Party has been splintering for years as those who side more with a united world over a country and socialism over republic have infiltrated and disrupted the party much as has happened in the Democrat Party.
If the socialist ideas of the Democrat Party are to be abrogated then citizens have to start now to build a strong, well organized party of conservatives and constitutionalists.
If you are not up on why districts and redistricting is so important like I was before looking into it, then hopefully my brief explanation will wake you up. How your state and the federal government are blocked out in census and redistricting makes a tremendous difference in how our government and laws are affected. Redistricting is law, but gerrymandering is political.
Bit of Trivia – Gerrymandering came about because Elbridge Gerry, (before becoming Madison’s vice president) while the Democratic-Republican governor of Massachusetts, signed a redistricting plan that was thought to ensure his party’s domination of the Massachusetts state senate. An editorial artist added wings, claws, and the head of a particularly fierce-looking salamander creature to the outline of one particularly notable district grouping towns in the northeast of the state; the beast was dubbed the “Gerry-mander” in the press, and the practice of changing the district lines to affect political power has kept the name ever since.
Redistricting of states can have enormous effect on multiple federal and state functions like elections, grants, laws, and other monies. So essentially, this is one of the most powerful tools a party or special interest group can have in their arsenal.
By design, redistricting can keep incumbents safe from losing or increase their chances of being ousted. By the same token, it can eliminate challengers and new ideas. It can bring into power a party within the drawn lines or eliminate the power of a party. It can assist in representing the majority of voters interests or bring into play the interests of a minority over wishes of a majority.
In other words, redistricting can decide issues and candidates that affect a locality, county, or state in legislature, add or remove impediments that change an entire state’s’ focus, or determine future critical issues. It can also affect, divide, and reform the entire country through congress or office of president. In point of fact, those tasked with redrawing district lines can skew statewide representation, dilute minority votes, split communities, and destroy political goodwill.
Redistricting can affect targeted tax bases, education, and laws. Areas that at one point held a better base for funding projects and receiving revenue can be totally destroyed by manipulation of districts.
So redistricting is a hotly contested issue between political parties and interest groups. Bias is the most often used word when planning and preparing to draw new district lines. In fact, gerrymandering is a common complaint and as a result redistricting can end up in court quite often for the court to render a ruling and design.
What is redistricting? Redistricting is the way in which we adjust the districts that determine who represents us. Most of our federal legislators, all of our state legislators, and many of our local legislators in towns and counties are elected from districts. These districts divide states and the people who live there into geographical territories. Districts are occasionally the same size as the whole jurisdiction: members of a local school board, for example, may each be elected from an area with the same boundaries as the overall school district that the board governs. Most of the time, though, district lines subdivide territory, so that there are several districts within one city or state, and representatives for each separate district. When that happens, we need some way to decide where the lines will be drawn.
“All About Redistricting” by Professor Justin Levitt.