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Pennsylvania partisanship, part II: Democrats in chains

February 17th, 2018, 8:02am by Sam Wang

The following analysis is a team effort by the Princeton Gerrymandering Project. John O’Neill drew maps which he, Brian Remlinger, Will Adler, and Madeleine Parker analyzed. For other people’s plans, we cited the work of Brian Amos. In a previous post, we evaluated the Pennsylvania GOP leaders’ proposal for redrawing the congressional map and found […]

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Tags: 2018 Election · Redistricting

When simple rules aren’t enough

February 13th, 2018, 6:36pm by Sam Wang

As the old political-science saying goes, “all redistricting is gerrymandering.” Inevitably, choices and tradeoffs have to be made. When it comes to representation, the resulting map can end up balanced – unless partisan advantage is made the primary criterion. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court set down clear “floor criteria” for what was absolutely required in the […]

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Tags: 2018 Election · Redistricting

A statistical toolbox reveals Pennsylvania’s extreme Congressional plan

February 13th, 2018, 8:27am by Sam Wang

Mathematicians have been working hard to create ways to measure #Gerrymandering. 2017 was a big year on this: accumulating evidence showed PA most gerrymandered of all by two measures, among five worst by any measure. We all lose our voice when our votes don't count. pic.twitter.com/5fgCxTc00r — LWV Pennsylvania (@LWVPA) February 13, 2018 Today, Philly.com […]

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Tags: 2018 Election · Redistricting

Three clues that today’s proposed Pennsylvania map is still a gerrymander

February 10th, 2018, 4:38pm by Sam Wang

An image of the Pennsylvania legislature’s proposed Congressional map has been released. It appears to be nominally in compliance with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s order, since it splits fewer counties than the current map. However, as we have seen in North Carolina, a prettier map can still conceal ill intent. Despite the low resolution, enough […]

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Tags: 2018 Election · Redistricting

Justice Alito draws the line

February 5th, 2018, 11:11pm by Sam Wang

Today, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito denied Republican legislators’ request for a stay of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s redistricting decision. That decision overturned the state’s partisan gerrymander, and remains in place. Therefore the drawing of new maps will go forward. Here’s a quick rundown of what the decision does – and doesn’t – mean.

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Tags: 2018 Election · Redistricting

Pennsylvania Congressional gerrymander overturned – and it seems likely to stick

January 22nd, 2018, 2:51pm by Sam Wang

Update, February 5th: Justice Alito denied the Pennsylvania GOP legislators’ motion for a stay. He did so without referring the matter to the full Supreme Court. Justice Alito is one of the three most conservative members of the court, and a near-guaranteed vote against restrictions on partisan gerrymandering…based on the U.S. Constitution. I would call […]

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Tags: 2018 Election · Redistricting

Tomorrow on WPRB w/These Vibes Are Too Cosmic

November 6th, 2017, 9:17pm by Sam Wang

Tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6:45pm, I’ll go on WPRB Princeton 103.3 FM with Stevie Bergman, host of These Vibes Are Too Cosmic. Long-form college radio. She and her co-host Brian get great guests on scientific topics ranging from the paranormal to how alliances form on social media. It should be fun. NJ/PA area listeners and online […]

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Tags: 2018 Election · Redistricting

Politics & Polls #29

February 3rd, 2017, 7:34am by Sam Wang

Are we seeing the birth cries of an authoritarian regime? Or is it the gang that couldn’t shoot straight? Julian Zelizer and I debate this and more in episode #29 of Politics & Polls. Following up on a previous episode with Theda Skocpol onĀ rebuilding the Democratic Party, here’s a great interview with Skocpol in Democracy […]

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Tags: 2018 Election · House · President