SCOTUS: Louisiana Allowed to Use Republican-Drawn Map

    Photo: Reuters [via The Wall Street Journal]

    The Facts

    • SCOTUS on Tues. ruled 6-3 granting an application from the Louisiana GOP to block a district court ruling that ordered the state to issue a second majority-Black congressional district.

    • The ruling is another setback for civil rights activists and Democrats who argue the redistricting process often disadvantages growing minority communities.

    The Spin

    Republican narrative

    Democrats complain about gerrymandering as if it's something only Republicans do but, as we've seen in states like New York and Oregon, they implement the same district-map-drawing schemes when they have the majority. Gerrymandering has occurred from both sides since the nation's founding, and Louisiana has the same right to draw maps the way they want as New York and Oregon do.

    Democratic narrative

    Democrats have certainly been the party calling for an end to the GOP's unethical, racially-based gerrymandering for at least a decade. That being said, without a clear and likely national resolution to the problem soon, the Democrats should continue drawing up districts to benefit themselves as much as possible or they'll risk losing the legislature in this year's midterms.

    Cynical narrative

    Both Democrats and Republicans gerrymander massively, making American democracy far from fair. Election laws should change.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 74% chance that Republicans will win both the House and Senate in the 2022 midterm elections, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Political split



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