On April 7, thousands of Wisconsin citizens braved a global pandemic to show up at the polls to vote. Some commentators blamed Republicans in the legislature for forcing voters to choose between their health and the health of their democracy. Others blamed the Supreme Court for reinforcing this choice, because in Republican National Committee v. Democratic National Committee, the court's conservative majority reversed an order by federal Judge William Conley that would have made it easier for Wisconsin voters to vote from home.
When a North Carolina court overturned the state's legislative map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander last week, the unanimous decision provided much more than a needed victory free and fair elections. It was also a valuable reminder: Partisan gerrymandering affects much more than Congress, distorting representation in state houses and senates nationwide.
The 5-to-4 decision could impact looming redistricting processes in Texas and across the country.
Fifty years ago, in a much different Missouri, Danforth won his first election to become the only statewide elected Republican. Now Nicole Galloway finds herself the last Democrat standing.
Downtown Dallas in January 2018. Brandon Formby / The Texas Tribune
Tribune CEO Evan Smith interviews former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at The Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, Texas on Sept. 27, 2018. …
All national elections are hyped as seminal. The midterms of 2018 are the real deal.