redistricting

Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Congressional Corner with Jim McGovern

  After redistricting, Congresspeople are exploring their new districts.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Democratic Representative Jim McGovern tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that his area has expanded, but he’s happy with the new terrain.

New York News
7:39 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Orange lawmakers urged against redistricting plan

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GOSHEN – Top officials of Orange County NAACP chapters and a leading civil rights attorney, on Wednesday, called for the Orange County Legislature not to approve its redistricting plan when it meets on Friday saying it is purposely designed to keep minority representation in the City of Newburgh to a minimum.

Civil rights attorney Michael Sussman said one legislative district in Newburgh would be 85 percent minorities while the adjacent one would have 55 percent. That, he claimed, protects the white incumbent legislator, Patrick Berardinelli, a Republican, from losing his seat.

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Congressional Corner
10:50 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Congressional Corner with Richard Neal - Part 2

    The redistricting process put several incumbents in reshaped districts. In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Democratic Representative Richard Neal tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he is comfortable with his new constituents in the Berkshires.

New York News
12:20 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Public Hearing Held on City of Plattsburgh Redistricting Plan

Plattsburgh Election Ward Changes 2012
WAMC

The City of Plattsburgh Redistricting Committee held its public hearing on the plan to change the city’s wards last night.

Restricting Committee Chair Peter Ensel called the meeting to order, read the rules and called for comments.

And they waited.

But no resident came to City Hall to comment on the new ward structure that the committee spent months re-mapping. Chair Peter Ensel was surprised that no one showed up.

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New York News
8:21 am
Fri May 18, 2012

NY Court OKs New Legislature Lines for Fall Elections

A panel of federal judges says the new election district lines drawn by the Senate and Assembly majorities will be used in the fall elections. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports…

The decision is a critical win for Senate Republicans hoping to secure their slim majority in the chamber despite a Democratic voter advantage of nearly 2-to-1 in the state.

Good-government groups have criticized the Senate GOP redistricting plan. They say it continues a tradition of twisting district lines to protect the power of the majority parties.

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North Country News
7:06 am
Wed May 2, 2012

VT Lawmakers Finish Redistricting

Vermont lawmakers have completed the arduous process of redrawing legislative district maps for the next 10 years.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…

Reapportionment happens once a decade to accommodate shifts in population, and in keeping with those shifts during the past decade, Burlington is gaining a House seat, while Rutland County is losing one. Other changes are being made as well.

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North Country News
7:56 am
Mon April 23, 2012

VT Speaker: Adjournment Likely Delayed

Legislative leaders say Vermont lawmakers won't be going home for the year this coming Friday, as they originally had hoped.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

But they're still technically ahead of schedule. The Legislature budgeted for 18 weeks this year, and this coming week will be their 16th in session.

House Speaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell say lawmakers should plan on being in session through the first week in May, possibly including Saturday the 5th.

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North Country News
8:35 am
Mon April 9, 2012

VT House Prepares for Redistricting Fight

The Vermont House is expected to be the scene of some heated debate Tuesday over a plan to redraw legislative district, with a focus on where district lines should be drawn in the city of Burlington.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

Redistricting is done every 10 years after the census shows where population shifts have occurred in the state. Both the House and Senate have been working to make sure the boundaries of their districts result in every Vermont voter getting roughly equal representation in Montpelier.

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