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The fate of partisan gerrymandering – now and later

March 25, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

The campaign to end partisan gerrymandering of seats in Congress and state legislatures, an effort that began a half-century ago, could, at last, be on the edge of triumph or defeat this week in the Supreme Court.

Has the time come to shut down the Electoral College?

March 22, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Constitution Daily contributor Lyle Denniston looks at the current debate over the Electoral College and why history, as well as contemporary politics, may be stacked against its elimination.

Justices cancel hearing on census and citizenship

January 18, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

In a brief order Friday afternoon, the Supreme Court canceled a hearing that had been set for February 19 on the controversy over asking every American about their citizenship during next year’s census.

Final review of citizenship query shaping up

January 18, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Lawyers on both sides of the constitutional controversy over asking everyone in America, during next year’s census, about their citizenship moved Thursday to set the stage for a final Supreme Court ruling before summer.

Supreme Court reopens partisan gerrymander issue

January 4, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Setting the stage for another attempt to decide the constitutionality of partisan-gerrymandered election districts, the Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear new cases from North Carolina and Maryland.  Both cases involve the district lines for electing members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

On this day, Bush v. Gore settles 2000 presidential race

December 12, 2018 By NCC Staff

On December 12, 2000, the Supreme Court ended a Florida vote recount in the presidential election contest between George W. Bush and Al Gore.  The Court’s decision remains debated today.

Broad review of partisan gerrymandering urged

December 11, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

A group of Maryland Republican voters, claiming that they were penalized for supporting their party’s candidates in the polling booth, asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to make a sweeping review of the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering, and to do so before next summer. 

On this day, the Whig Party becomes a national force

December 4, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On December 4, 1839, the Whig Party held its first national convention, an important milestone in its rise to political power.

New partisan gerrymander case reaches Justices

December 3, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Arguing that a state should not have to re-draw its congressional districts twice in a short time span, Maryland officials asked the Supreme Court on Monday to rule that the existing map can be used again in 2020 despite a lower court ruling that it is an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.

JFK’s warnings about television, money and politics ring true today

November 14, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On November 14, 1959, TV Guide published a brief essay about politics and television by Senator John F. Kennedy that contained some prophetic words about the influence of money and public relations on presidential campaigns that still seem true today.

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