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Entries Tagged as 'Supreme Court'

Authoritarianism in 2020: Checking the checklist

June 4th, 2020, 12:47pm by Sam Wang

In January 2017, shortly after the Inauguration, I provided a ten-item checklist of signs of authoritarianism. It seemed like a good idea to think in advance about what might happen, and lay down a marker in advance. In addition, I was concerned that the press, television media, and citizens might become desensitized to the news. […]

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Tags: President · Supreme Court · U.S. Institutions

A Fifty-State Guide To Redistricting Reform

July 13th, 2019, 6:00pm by Sam Wang

As I wrote in today’s New York Times, despite the failure of the Supreme Court to act, there’s a way forward to stop gerrymandering. Here at the Princeton Gerrymandering Project, we’ve assessed the best route to reform in your state. Check it out! One route to reform goes through state courts, as Ben Williams reported […]

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Tags: Redistricting · Supreme Court

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

Princeton brief in Rucho v. Common Cause

March 8th, 2019, 5:26pm by Sam Wang

Wesley Pegden of Carnegie-Mellon University, Jonathan Rodden of Stanford University, and I joined forces on an amicus brief (PDF). We offered the court our views on the federal partisan gerrymandering case from North Carolina, Rucho v. Common CauseĀ (this link goes to all the other briefs as well). We describe to the court how the various […]

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Tags: Redistricting · Supreme Court

Laboratories of Democracy Reform: State Constitutions and Partisan Gerrymandering

February 15th, 2019, 10:46pm by Sam Wang

Uncertain about whether the Supreme Court will do anything about partisan gerrymandering? We have something for you. Rick Ober, Ben Williams, and I have completed a manuscript, “Laboratories of Democracy Reform: State Constitutions and Partisan Gerrymandering.” It’s available here on SSRN and here as a PDF. In our article, we argue that partisan gerrymandering can […]

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Tags: Redistricting · Supreme Court

Supreme Court partisanship comes into full view

October 9th, 2018, 12:07pm by Sam Wang

Kavanaugh’s successful confirmation vote was the closest ever. It’s the culmination of a two-decade trend in all-out partisan warfare, the seeds of which were planted when Gingrich and McConnell swept into power in 1994. It’s now reached a seeming pinnacle with the confirmation of a party insider who was a player in the Starr investigation, […]

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Tags: 2018 Election · Senate · Supreme Court

Post-Labor Day movement: for Republicans, a Kavanaugh effect?

October 5th, 2018, 9:24am by Sam Wang

We’re off to a late start this year; more balls in the air, especially gerrymandering, and a busy term. The House and Senate calculations are running for 2018, though we’re still polishing the display. The calculations are designed to pick up movement quickly. Here’s something notable: since Labor Day, both indicators show distinct movement, about […]

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Tags: 2018 Election · House · Senate · Supreme Court

Kennedy’s out

June 27th, 2018, 7:10pm by Sam Wang

Action on partisan gerrymandering by the Supreme Court was already on its last legs with the Gill decision. With Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, at least now we won’t have to sit around wondering what will happen next. To tell the truth, he seemed so passive this term. Stayed with the conservatives on every decision, and […]

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Tags: Supreme Court

Texas successfully runs out the clock – and sets an ominous standard

June 25th, 2018, 11:09am by Sam Wang

First, the partisan-gerrymandering news. The North Carolina case, Rucho v. Common Cause, was sent back for reconsideration (“vacate and remand”) in light of the Court’s decision in Gill v. Whitford. Retrying Rucho would take a while, so hopefully they will find a faster way. Now, to racial gerrymandering. In the last redistricting case of this […]

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Tags: Redistricting · Supreme Court

Both Sides Now

June 20th, 2018, 6:06pm by Sam Wang

Although I wasn’t thrilled to see the Supreme Court kick the can down the road, the Roberts decision and the Kagan concurrence are quite clarifying, logically speaking. These justices have, in some ways, sorted things out nicely.

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Tags: Redistricting · Supreme Court