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Re: GOP redistricting shenanigans

Postby minicat » Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:17 pm

uhhh, bleu ... as much as I'd like to bitch about the state "supremes" this decision isn't them. it's the feds.

If this was in front of Gableman & Co., they would have never ruled that the republicans had to supply any info, and said the maps were just fine.
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Re: GOP redistricting shenanigans

Postby snoqueen » Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:11 pm

Documents released Wednesday show the cap on the contract with Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren is being raised from $500,000 to $925,000.


That updates something I reported earlier.
http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/ ... 13193.html

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Re: GOP redistricting shenanigans

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:07 pm

The GOP wants to play hardball. It's all or nothing. An expected two day trial starts tomorrow. The decision by the three member federal court might take awhile.
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Re: GOP redistricting shenanigans

Postby Henry Vilas » Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:48 pm

What maps will be used for elections this fall must be resolved soon. Candidates for the Legislature can take out nomination papers starting April 15, and they need to know where the district lines are to collect signatures. The paperwork must be submitted by June 1.

If the court finds problems with the maps, it is unclear whether the court would draw new ones or send them back to the Legislature with an order that it make changes.


Sounds like the GOP wants to continually delay so that their redistricting map becomes a fait accompli.
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Re: GOP redistricting shenanigans

Postby jman111 » Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:40 am

Judges Bar Wisconsin GAB From Using New Election Maps
A panel of federal judges has barred the state elections board from using new Republican-drawn election maps.

The ruling says the new maps redrew two Milwaukee voting districts in a way that violates the Voting Rights Act. The ruling means the two specific districts will have to be redrawn.

http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/Jud ... 11826.html
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Re: GOP redistricting shenanigans

Postby Abdul » Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:20 pm

This rulng only applies to the two distrcits in Milwaukee. All the rest fo the crap stands
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Re: GOP redistricting shenanigans

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Mar 27, 2012 10:05 am

Since the Republican controlled Wisconsin Legislature refused to redraw the two districts, the federal court will do it instead.

Three federal judges said in an order Tuesday that they will redraw election maps on Milwaukee’s south side because lawmakers are unable to do so, but added that “precious few changes” are needed for the maps.

The court ordered the state and the groups suing it to confer in coming days to try to reach an agreement on how to redraw Assembly Districts 8 and 9. If they cannot reach consensus, they can file competing maps for the court to consider by next Tuesday.

The court also said it would welcome proposed maps from others. That would give Republican and Democratic lawmakers -- who are not parties to the case -- a chance to submit their ideas. Anyone else could make filings as well.

The court said in its order -- as it did last week -- that the changes should be limited to Assembly Districts 8 and 9 and should not affect surrounding districts.
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Re: GOP redistricting shenanigans

Postby Henry Vilas » Sun Jul 15, 2012 1:54 pm

Sen. Fitzgerald OKs $31,000 for redistricting work
State Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, the chamber's top Republican, has approved payments of about $31,000 to a law firm that helped the GOP draw favorable new election maps, a development whose timing outraged Democrats preparing to take control of the Senate.

Senate chief Clerk Jeff Renk said Fitzgerald approved the payment last week. Renk declined to immediately provide the amount of the payment, but Democratic Sen. Jon Erpenbach said Renk told him it was about $31,000, according to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report.

"It's this kind of stuff that gives lawyers a wonderful name, isn't it?" Erpenbach said Friday. "I've got to really question the timing of it."

The payment comes as Democrats prepare to take over the Senate on Monday, when Democrat John Lehman of Racine will be sworn in following his victory over Republican Sen. Van Wanggaard in last month's recall election.

In all, taxpayers have spent more than $1.5 million to have the maps drawn and defended in court.
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Re: GOP redistricting shenanigans

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:52 pm

Sen. Miller calls on redistricting law firm to release records
New Senate Majority Leader Mark Miller, D-Monona, is calling on the Michael Best and Friedrich law firm to release documents linked to the law office's work drawing new voting district boundaries for Wisconsin.

The firm's redistricting work was done when Republicans controlled the Senate under Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau.

John Hogan, Fitzgerald's chief of staff, said the legislative office does not have copies of the redistricting legal file, adding that Michael, Best and Friedrich retained the documents.

"It is the law firm's responsibility to know what must be turned over in response to the letter," Hogan said.

Miller insisted that the fees were paid with taxpayer money and that the public has a right to know what is in the file.

"This bill was paid for with taxpayer dollars," Miller said. "The Senate Republicans have no right to keep these documents from the public if they are paid for with public dollars."
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Re: GOP redistricting shenanigans

Postby DCB » Mon Jul 23, 2012 2:03 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:Sen. Miller calls on redistricting law firm to release records
New Senate Majority Leader Mark Miller, D-Monona, is calling on the Michael Best and Friedrich law firm to release documents linked to the law office's work drawing new voting district boundaries for Wisconsin.


MBF will hand them over:

A law firm Republicans hired to draw new election maps is giving Democrats access to its legal file, a move that will allow them - and likely the public at large - to review the steps GOP lawmakers took last year to draw political boundaries benefiting their party.

Miller said this week he would make the file public if he receives it.

Michael Best resisted releasing documents during the trial and eventually was ordered to pay about $17,500 for filing frivolous motions to prevent their release.
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Re: GOP redistricting shenanigans

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:01 pm

And the truth is revealed:

Documents cast new light on redistricting process; reveal partisan motivations
Wisconsin's Republican legislative leaders have said the voting district maps they drew last year were not aimed at political advantage, but new documents made public Tuesday show they discussed ways to increase the number of "safe" and "leaning" GOP districts and to protect conservative incumbents.

In one email, state Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Wauwatosa, offered these thoughts about redrawing her district: "Western Wauwatosa — yes (more GOP)," "West Milwaukee — No (forgot to mention this part of current district — VERY Dem" and "Milwaukee — cop wards if needed."

She also wrote in the May 4, 2011, message to Tad Ottman, an aide to then-Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, "This is such a big task. So glad we are in control!"

Ottman worked on the redistricting plan out of the office of law firm Michael Best & Friedrich, which helped write the plan.

Vukmir could not be reached Tuesday for comment.
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Re: GOP redistricting shenanigans

Postby snoqueen » Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:13 pm

To be fair, the Democrats would redraw districts in their own favor too. It's silly for the R's to stand around and lie about their intentions.

What's extra-offensive here is to have it done on the public dime by a private law firm out of public sight.

Redistricting instead should be done by a panel of retired judges or some other politically (more) neutral body, as it is in a number of other states.
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Re: GOP redistricting shenanigans

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:41 pm

Lawyers in GOP redistricting case withheld 34 emails from groups

Attorneys hired by Republican lawmakers withheld 34 emails from groups suing them despite three stern court orders to release them, according to a forensic examiner's report filed late Monday.

The report once again highlights that lawyers with Michael Best & Friedrich were not forthcoming with providing subpoenaed documents even after a panel of three federal judges charged them some $17,500 for filing frivolous motions to try to block the release of the records.

The report signals that one of Wisconsin's largest law firms could face future challenges as it tries to explain to the judges why it repeatedly defied their orders. A related internal investigation on why the material was not released is ongoing.

The suppressed emails cover the methods Republicans used last year to draw new legislative and congressional maps that will help them tremendously in the Nov. 6 elections and those that follow for the next decade.

I wonder if the Office of Lawyer Regulation will discipline the attorneys involved.
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Re: GOP redistricting shenanigans

Postby Henry Vilas » Tue Oct 16, 2012 5:08 pm

Guess who else works for Michael Best and Friedrich. Tommy's son Jason, who recently made the remark about sending Obama back to Kenya.
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Re: GOP redistricting shenanigans

Postby ilikebeans » Tue Oct 16, 2012 5:24 pm

Henry Vilas wrote:Guess who else works for Michael Best and Friedrich. Tommy's son Jason, who recently made the remark about sending Obama back to Kenya.

Added Thompson: "My son feels miserable about it."

MISERABLE!

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