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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Democrats do it too: Maryland’s “forgotten gerrymander” reaches Supreme Court

Republicans have perfected the gerrymander. There’s one clear Democratic case in Maryland, and it’s a doozy.

Maryland’s sixth, it’s the forgotten gerrymander,” Maryland’s Republican governor, Larry Hogan, tells me with a rueful laugh.

Forgotten, perhaps, in relation to the Republicans' wider and more ambitious efforts to dominate redistricting after the 2010 census. But when MarylandDemocrats redrew the state’s congressional maps, they shuffled 375,000 in or out of the state's sixth congressional district, the most complete makeover of any district in the country. Next week, Maryland’s sixth will be under the national spotlight when the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Benisek v. Lamone, the latest case that aspires to make partisan gerrymandering unconstitutional.


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