Federal campaign finance rules have restricted how involved federal political committees such as the RNC, DNC, NRCC, and DCCC can be in the redistricting process. As such, the State Government Leadership Foundation, in coordination with the Republican State Leadership Committee, is now the primary conservative organization offering redistricting services to the states. The SGLF has a renowned team of experts assisting state leaders with crafting fair, legal redistricting plans. The SGLF’s experts have been working intently on states that gain or lose Congressional seats, but the guidance and expertise they provide has focused primarily on legislative lines. Our team has assisted in states such as Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Nevada and many other states across the country.
While most states have completed the drafting stage of redistricting, the SGLF’s focus has turned toward litigation. The critical need is to fund litigation in those states where fair, legal lines must be defended.
Liberal interests have multiple multi-million dollar funding sources:
- The Democratic National Redistricting Trust
- The National Committee for an Effective Congress
- Other Union funding
While the SGLF has taken over as the primary conservative organization on the redistricting front, conservatives have not yet developed any such organizations whose main focus is strictly on litigation funding. Liberals are inserting their best litigators and experts into cases all over the nation, while many conservative stakeholders are struggling to fund their court battles. This is where conservatives won many of their redistricting battles in the last two decades, but the national political committees are no longer able to fund these efforts due to federal campaign finance restrictions.
While the liberals claim they have a $17 million litigation fund, conservatives could make a big impact with even a quarter of that amount as conservatives control the public funding sources in many more states than the liberals. Funding these litigation battles is key to ensuring that fair, legal lines are defended and implemented in states across the country.
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GOP Senate redistricting plan killed by House speaker
A controversial plan to tilt state Senate districts in Republicans' favor died at the other end of the Capitol on Wednesday, thanks to a procedural move by Republican House Speaker William Howell that could restore a spirit of cooperation to a sometimes fractious General Assembly. The far-reaching redrawing of Senate district lines was sprung on unsuspecting Democrats last month when the absence of Sen. Henry Marsh, a Richmond civil rights attorney away from the Capitol Jan. 21 for the presidential inauguration, gave the GOP the edge it needed to ram through the plan. That move heightened partisan rancor in the legislature's upper chamber, which is split evenly between the two parties.
More Redistricting Ahead in Texas, Maybe Florida
Texas, Florida and a few other states could have different congressional maps by November 2014.
Lawsuit thrown out by state’s highest court upholding redistricting referendum
Redistricting proposal undermines a constitutional principle, Ohio State Bar Association says
Appellate court judges would be involved in selecting members of the new commission to draw Ohio’s congressional and legislative districts if voters approve the measure.
Mississippi legislative redistricting plan submitted to DOJ for approval
The 122 House districts and 52 Senate districts have to be updated after each Census to account for population changes. Between 2000 and 2010, there was significant growth in DeSoto County, just south of Memphis, and it's getting new legislative districts.
Kansas redistricting fight looms as campaign issue
Each of Kansas' major political factions want voters to blame someone else for this year's bitter legislative wrangling over redrawn election districts, which ended up in federal court and could stick taxpayers with big legal bills.
Conservative Republicans, their moderate counterparts and Democrats all are working before the November election to get voters to buy their respective narratives about why a Legislature with huge Republican majorities couldn't pass a single new political map to ensure equal representation. The redistricting stalemate led to a lawsuit, and three federal judges ended up redrawing congressional, legislative and State Board of Education districts to account for population shifts during the past decade.
Foes of Maryland’s congressional redistricting map reach signature goal
Signatures of 56,323 people had been validated by Wednesday afternoon. Opponents needed 55,736 to put the map on the ballot. Officials found 7,057 signatures to be invalid, and there are still about 2,900 signatures left to be verified.
High Court Affirms Maryland's Redistricting Map
Matter Could Still be Put Before Voters on November Ballot
Some Republican lawmakers opposed to the map, drawn once each decade based on U.S. census counts, have until Saturday to submit the nearly 56,000 signatures needed to put it on the November ballot and let voters decide whether the plan stays.
Supreme Court upholds House redistricting plan
Ill. Supreme Court rejects GOP challenge to state legislative remap
The case brought by House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego) and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) alleged that more than two dozen legislative districts were gerrymandered in a manner to benefit Democrats.
Kansas federal redistricting trial concludes
"We will take all of this under advisement," said presiding Judge Kathryn Vratil. "There's nothing on our docket that has higher attention."
Alabama Legislature passes redistricting plans
It was after 4 a.m. Thursday when the Senate voted 23-12 to pass a House redistricting plan moments before the House approved a Senate plan by a 62-34 vote.
Supreme Court refuses to hear Illinois redistricting challenge
Remap of Pa. legislative districts is slow going
That's according to Charles E. O'Connor Jr., the executive director of the state's Legislative Reapportionment Commission. O'Connor said a 60-day countdown began when a preliminary plan was approved on April 12. "We have to file a final plan by June 13," he said Friday. "We have to meet by June 13."
NY top court nixes Senate redistricting challenge
New York's top court on Thursday rejected a constitutional challenge by state Senate Democrats who claim Republicans improperly used two different formulas to redraw the election map that created a 63rd Senate district upstate.
The Court of Appeals, which took the case on an expedited basis, unanimously upheld a trial-level judge who found that using the different formulas to establish voting boundaries was not unconstitutional. The seven judges concluded "consistent application" of one formula is not required, and lawmakers have latitude in carrying out their state constitutional authority to increase Senate districts based on population shifts indicated by the census.
Judge rejects Dems' attempt to put Congressional map on hold during trial
Democrats have filed a suit claiming that the Congressional map not only violates the contitutional ban against protecting incumbents and political parties but also unfairly packs black and Hispanic voters into districts to give Republicans an electoral advantage. They asked the court to stop the maps from taking effect this election cycle.
Redistricting maps pass review by Department of Justice
The U.S. Department of Justice granted Florida's request for administrative preclearance of the maps under the Voting Rights Act, according to a Monday letter from Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez.
Redistricting Map Finished
The vote was 124-8, in favor. Of the 104 districts, 50 were not changed, according to Rep. Donna Sweaney, D-Windsor, and chair of the Government Operations Committee, which led the effort. The deviation rate is about 18 percent for the House map.
Florida Supreme Court approves revised Senate redistricting plan
The second version of political boundaries of the Senate, drawn by the Legislature in special session after the high court rejected the initial attempt, was approved despite objections from the Florida Democratic Party, voter-rights advocacy groups and the NAACP.
Arguments begin over redistricting Florida’s congressional districts
With the election clock ticking, a Florida circuit court judge said Wednesday he will decide quickly on whether to throw out the Legislature’s congressional redistricting map, develop a new map in a matter of weeks or leave it alone.
“I am very much aware of the logistical problem we have,’’ said Judge Terry Lewis of the Second Judicial Circuit, referring to the prospect of invalidating all or part of the congressional map and creating a new one in time for candidates to qualify to run in June.
New York redistricting awaits court test, Voting Rights Act scrutiny
The bill is signed, the maps are drawn. Redistricting is over — right?
Not quite. There are still several legal hurdles before the once-a-decade process of setting new boundaries for state and federal legislators in New York is completely behind us, including a lawsuit lodged by Senate Democrats.
Senate counters attack on its redistricting maps
Brooklyn Federal Court Braces for NY State Redistricting
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed new districts for the state legislature into law on March 15, following the 2010 U.S. Census. The new districts are the subject of several legal challenges, which could require the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York to intervene.
House Passes Florida Redistricting, Goes to Supreme Court
The justices affirmed the House's initial 120-district map but kicked back the 40-district Senate plan. If they decide the Senate map again flunks its constitutionality test they can redraw it themselves.
"We put this in pencil," said Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Boca Raton. "The court's going to put this in ink."
Justice OKs GOP Redistricting Map in Virginia
The one-page memo caps a disappointing round of preclearance decisions for many African-Americans in the South, as well as for congressional Democrats, both of whom were seeking to expand their numbers this year. At the outset of 2011, both groups had hoped the first ever Democratically appointed Justice Department to preside over a redistricting cycle would block GOP legislatures' efforts to "pack" black voters into as few seats as possible.