Gerry Manders

as The Beaver!

Our Democrat(ic) friends and acquaintances are pinning their dreams on April’s Wisconsin Supreme Court race, which they hope will reverse the state legislature’s “solid GOP majority [which] owes its status, in large part, to what some have described as the most effectively gerrymandered district maps in the nation.” So says one Madison Democrat.

Republicans in the late, lamented mid-term elections did add three seats to go up 64-35 in the WI Assembly— just two shy of veto-proof. (If Trumpbots hadn’t gone after Speaker Robin Vos for not overturning the 2020 election, he might have made it.) Even as Democrats re-elected Gov. Tony Evers by 90,000 votes over Trumped-up Tim Michels. (U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson stayed clear of Florida Man because he knew how to win.)

Here there be Republicans

Former mayor Dave Cieslewicz never says who is describing Wisconsin so loosely. This source lists its 10 most gerrymandered states. Don’t see Wisconsin!

Conservative Justice Patience Roggensack is retiring, jeopardizing her side’s 4-3 majority and giving hope that a court biased for Democrats would draw its own map. But even the map Tony Evers drew up gave Republicans a 55-44 edge. The U.S. Supreme Court tossed Evers’ map because it was (true to form) a reverse racial gerrymander. The state court was left with little choice but to go with the GOP map. 

"Federal judges have no license to reallocate political power between the two major political parties." — Chief Justice John Roberts, Rucho v Common Cause 2019.

Republican assembly candidates actually outpolled Democrats in the aggregate, according to the Werkes’ spreadsheet: 1,023,264 Republican votes to 941,199 Democrat votes. Those numbers do not include the 10 unopposed Republicans, whose results won’t be listed (that we can find) until the official canvass. That increased advantage will be offset somewhat by the unopposed Democrats — but there were only 6 of them.

Nationally and in Wisconsin, this was an incumbency election. No incumbent U.S. Senator or governor was defeated. We looked at the WI Assembly, where all 99 are up every two years. All 47 Republican incumbents who sought re-election were winners. So were the 28 Democratic incumbents.


Where you live beats how you vote

Legislative districts must be compact, contiguous, and respect community boundaries. The parties are evenly divided numerically but not geographically. No state allocates legislative seats proportionately. Election watcher Joe Handrick of Minocqua conducts this experiment:

Move the slider to the right, then left


The problem, former Democrat Jonathan Barry notes, is that “Democrats are increasingly concentrated in Madison and Milwaukee, while, at the same time, unable to carry much of more rural Wisconsin because of their perceived ‘extreme’ policies. Democrats are not seen as a ‘moderate’ party nationally or here in Wisconsin. This posture may garner 80-90% of the vote in Madison but doesn’t fly in the Argyles or Monticellos and Orfordvilles of the State.”

Nominating Mandela Barnes for Senate didn’t help!

‘Non-partisan commissions’ require quote marks

Some progressives — the Wisconsin State Journal, especially — want a “non-partisan” commission to draw legislative districts. 

Kevin McCarthy can thank the State of New York for his slim majority in the House of Representatives. In 2014, voters there amended their constitution to put redistricting in the hands of a “non-partisan commission.” Of course, the predictable happened. The appointed commission deadlocked. Republican commission members submitted one map; Democrat commissioners another. (Source: NY Times.)  The legislature rejected both maps, the commission remained paralyzed, so Democratic lawmakers used their super-majorities to gerrymander congressional districts in their favor. A state appeals court invalidated that map on the grounds that it violated the state constitutional mandate that the maps originate with an independent commission. The court drew its own map, instead.

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Remind you of anything? Maybe the WI Elections Commission? 

Are non-partisan commissions ever?

About David Blaska

Madison WI
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17 Responses to Gerry Manders

  1. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    Lefty Created Gerrymandering THEY_MUST_OWN_IT

    The Gotch

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  2. richard lesiak says:

    In other words, you are talking out of your a$$ again and can’t prove your statement.

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  3. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    One of two (2) things, here:
    *A certain Blogge Idiot TROLT is too dimwitted-n-lazy to click on a link that will answer a STOOPID question, or
    *A certain Blogge Idiot TROLT can’t read for comprehension.

    The kicker? This dimwitted laziness/illiteracy are, apparently, the fault of The Gotch.

    The Gotch

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  4. I can’t remember any recent comment posted by our resident alki-bopping internet troll, richard lesiak, that is pure unadulterated trolling. When is this drunken fool going to sober up, pull his hands out of his pants, take a bath and return to reality?

    TROLLING: verb Posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion, n, to draw attention to themself and for their own amusement.

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    • Oops, bad follow up editing…

      “…that isn’t pure unadulterated trolling.”

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    • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

      “When is this drunken fool going to sober up, pull his hands out of his pants, take a bath and return to reality?”

      Heh! Gut Laugh Leader Board entry!

      And like his Dear late Father always said:

      Li’l Gotchie; a good laugh’s better’n a pill!

      The Gotch

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    • richard lesiak says:

      Wow…pretty harsh stevie. Typical angry white guy (tRUMP) response. Don’t like something, attack with insults. You’re becoming more like gotch everyday. All I can say is “Bless Your Little Clogged Heart”.

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      • richard lesiak wrote, “Wow…pretty harsh stevie. Typical angry white guy (tRUMP) response. Don’t like something, attack with insults. You’re becoming more like gotch everyday. All I can say is “Bless Your Little Clogged Heart”.”

        Awww, now ain’t that sweet, now Richard Lesiak (confirmed internet troll) is flailing around with his whiny snowflake version of self. Richard could do us all a favor and show us on the doll where “Stevie” hurt you. Such a poor victimized old fart, too bad you’re Mom and Pop failed miserably to steer you properly towards manhood and integrity.

        But I digress.

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  5. richard lesiak says:

    A conservative group publishes an article written by a repub. that blames the dems for gerrymandering. What a surprise.

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    • Richard Lesiak wrote, “When did they do that?”, “In other words, you are talking out of your a$$ again and can’t prove your statement.”, “A conservative group publishes an article written by a repub. that blames the dems for gerrymandering. What a surprise.”

      First you exhibit pure denial even when a supporting link was provided, second you attack the messenger with a verifiable lie, third you attack the group and the author.

      The pattern is clear.

      Your comments didn’t address anything in the article, not one damn thing, instead you’re in denial, attacking the group, the author and your fellow commenter that shared the article. Your comments are some of the best examples of pure progression ad hominem trolling that we see around these parts.

      You sir are a completely full of sh!t, you have no opinions and you’re completely lacking integrity; you’re a morally bankrupt attack dog internet troll.

      TROLL: noun Those that post inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion, to draw attention to themself and for their own amusement.

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  6. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    The Blogge Idiot TROLT encounters uncomfortably Inconvenient Truth which acknowledges a fact-based Reality and doesn’t like it?

    Priceless!

    The Gotch

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  7. Feel free to post the following graphic as a reply under ALL of Richard Lesiak’s comments…

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