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Entries from June 29th, 2019

Michigan Redistricting Commission: First steps

June 29th, 2019, 2:49pm by Sam Wang

Michigan’s new redistricting commission is getting off the ground! Here’s an early step: a request for statistical assistance in selecting commissioners at random from the applicant pool. Statistical consultants, put in a bid – and help move reform forward! To see the state government’s full RFP, follow this link, click on Guest Access, and do […]

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Tags: Redistricting

Seven Steps Of Boom And (usually) Bust: Harris and Williamson at Step 2…Biden at Step 6?

June 28th, 2019, 12:08am by Sam Wang

So again, not to bang this drum too hard, but this is the thing about search traffic and the like not being a proxy for voter intention. https://t.co/ugJxqzDimO — Ariel Edwards-Levy (@aedwardslevy) June 28, 2019 In such a crowded field, it’s inevitable that some candidate will get a boomlet. How long does a boomlet last, […]

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Tags: 2020 Election · President

John Roberts’s disproportionate error

June 27th, 2019, 1:05pm by Sam Wang

Today, the Supreme Court ran away from the question of partisan gerrymandering. Chief Justice Roberts’s majority decision cited the problem of “proportional representation” as an impediment to establishing a standard of fairness. His argument has a major logical problem which is easily fixed – though at this point, it will have to be done in […]

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Tags: Redistricting · Supreme Court

Coming soon to a powwow near you…

June 10th, 2019, 12:04pm by Sam Wang

This summer, I’ll be on a panel at Netroots Nation to talk about state-level strategies to achieve fair districting. It will be in Philadelphia from July 11-13. Our panel’s on the first day. The other panelists are great. They include a member of the California redistricting commission, widely considered to be a bipartisan success. The […]

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Tags: Redistricting