By Jacqueline Luqman
JACQUELINE LUQMAN Hi, I’m Jacqueline Luqman with The Real News Network. Another gerrymandering scheme has been ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. District Court. This time, it was done by Michigan’s Republican-controlled legislature. Even though the court ruled that the 2011 gerrymandering by the Republican Party constituted “an extremely grave” constitutional violation, Republicans are already appealing the court’s decision. Here to talk with me about this latest case of biased redistricting is Dan Vicuna, the National Redistricting Manager for Common Cause. Dan, thank you for joining me today.
DAN VICUNA Hey, thanks for having me.
JACQUELINE LUQMAN So gerrymandering has gotten a lot of attention in the media, in the corporate and independent media, over the past few years as more and more court decisions have basically invalidated partisan-drawn legislative districts that were drawn to give one party or the other the advantage in state and local elections. Common Cause has done some research and according to that research, nearly 90 percent of the districting maps drawn by what are considered independent commissions, are actually upheld by the courts when…