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Entries from October 19th, 2017

Today on WHYY Radio Times

October 19th, 2017, 5:18am by Sam Wang

Today at 10:00am Eastern, WHYY Radio Times host Marty Moss-Coane will have me on to talk about partisan gerrymandering. Her other guest is Carol Kuniholm of Fair Districts PA. Pennsylvania is the largest gerrymandered state and there are several lawsuits brewing, so our discussion will be most timely. Listen to the show here!

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Tags: Redistricting

Politics & Polls: What I saw in the Supreme Court

October 12th, 2017, 5:16pm by Sam Wang

Julian Zelizer and I talk about partisan gerrymandering, what I saw when I attended oral argument in Gill v. Whitford, and what it means for reform efforts nationwide. All in the new Politics & Polls.

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Tags: Redistricting

Data Science in 30 Minutes: Partisan Gerrymandering

October 11th, 2017, 8:59pm by Sam Wang

Here’s a webinar on how data nerds can help fight partisan gerrymandering: You can help by joining state-level efforts, and by supporting our work.

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Tags: Redistricting

Support our gerrymandering work!

October 11th, 2017, 7:19am by Sam Wang

We are engaged in nonpartisan analysis to help understand the causes of partisan gerrymandering, and develop tools to fix it through court action and through citizen-led reform efforts in states. For example, our amicus brief in last week’s Supreme Court case may be useful to them as they write their decision – and, depending on [...]

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Tags: Princeton · Redistricting

Making Every Vote Count: Election reform and the National Popular Vote Compact

October 7th, 2017, 11:02am by Sam Wang

.@SamWangPhD was great. He calculates that 1/3 of future POTUS elections will put loser of popular vote in WH, giving 5 states huge power. https://t.co/A8c8h0bYKK — Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) October 7, 2017 This morning I was on CNN (watch it here) with Mike Smerconish to talk about replacing the Electoral College with a national popular [...]

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Tags: President · U.S. Institutions

What the Supreme Court didn’t say…yet

October 3rd, 2017, 8:51pm by Sam Wang

This bingo card turns out to be a fairly apt explanation for what did, and did not, happen during oral arguments today. First, a bit of color: I sat behind Bill Whitford, and to his right was former California Governor Arnold Schwarznegger. In front of them was Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin. That was cool. Anyway, [...]

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Tags: Redistricting

Tom Petty

October 3rd, 2017, 6:36am by Sam Wang

This was the first Tom Petty song I loved. So much bad news in the world. The biggest mass shooting in U.S. history. The rapid erosion of norms in our government’s institutions. Climate change-induced intensification of hurricanes, and the ensuing disaster in Puerto Rico. The post-apocalyptic imagery in the video above seems fitting. However, there [...]

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Tags: 2014 Election

Gill v. Whitford

October 1st, 2017, 12:08pm by Sam Wang

On Tuesday at 10:00am, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Gill vs. Whitford, which concerns extreme partisan gerrymandering. Justice Ginsburg has suggested, with some justification I think, that this could be the most important case of the Court’s term. The tone and content of oral arguments are often predictive of [...]

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Tags: Redistricting