The latest with redistricting
NOV. 1, 2021

Eight states have now finalized their redrawn congressional maps for the 2020s: Oregon, Maine, Nebraska, Indiana, Arkansas, West Virginia, Texas and, most recently, Colorado. Democrats have gained seven seats nationally from the redistricting process so far, Republicans have gained one, and the number of competitive seats has dropped by five. Some of this is because Republicans lost a seat due to reapportionment in West Virginia and Oregon Democrats were able to use their control of the redistricting process to draw a significantly more favorable map for themselves, but it is also due to Texas Republicans giving Democratic incumbents safer districts in exchange for shoring up their own seats. But voting-rights advocates are already suing over the map, so this may not be the end of the redistricting saga in the Lone Star State.

A few other states also appear to be close to finalizing their congressional maps. Late on Oct. 28, the Illinois legislature passed a proposed congressional map that is heavily biased toward Democrats, creating 13 blue seats, three red seats and just one competitive seat. The same evening, the Iowa legislature passed the second congressional-map proposal from the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency; that map is a lot more competitive than Illinois’s, with two swing seats, one slightly Republican-leaning seat and one safe Republican seat.

It's high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first instead of their political party. For way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.