Neil Parrott

GOP congressional candidate Neil Parrott talks to supporters at the Clarion Hotel in Frederick in 2020. Parrott is one of 12 Republicans who filed a lawsuit contending the redistricting map passed the Democrat-controlled General Assembly is illegally gerrymandered.

After being outvoted during this month’s special session in Annapolis, Maryland Republicans have taken their case against the state’s new congressional districts map to the courts.

A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court claims the map is gerrymandered and asks the court to find the plan approved by the General Assembly illegal. It further aims to prevent state officials from calling, holding, or certifying any elections under the plan.

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(36) comments

Csm9105

Maybe Maryland Republicans can help with deescalating this never ending cycle. Lets up pair with a Republican controlled state like Ohio and agree to have independent redistricting processes.

Maybe Maryland Republicans can take the lead to solve these national problem.

Greg F

More stop the steel crap.

stjohn42

To summarize Parrot's case: "I am angry because the things my party does in other states for its own benefit are being used against me here."

public-redux

Yup.

DickD

Why is it the most gerrymandered states are Republican and they don't complain. They only complain in the State they cannot do the same as Republicans are doing in other states. If the courts in Maryland rule for the Republicans it should be appealed, but this has been ruled on before.

Republicans in Maryland are beating a "dead horse"!https://www.morningsidecenter.org/teachable-moment/lessons/supreme-courts-momentous-ruling-gerrymandering

"On June 27, 2019 the U.S. Supreme Court, in Rucho v. Common Cause, announced a momentous decision: Federal courts have no power to police partisan gerrymandering. The high court overturned district court decisions in North Carolina and Maryland which held that state legislatures had engaged in extreme gerrymandering that had deprived citizens of their Constitutional rights."

mgoose806

Trone and Raskin can't find Western Maryland on any map.

Greg F

They wanted to be part of WV, so who cares if they don’t?

Panhead

Welcome to the Peoples Republik of Mareland.

stjohn42

Much better than the National Socialist Texas Reich.

Pro-Choice/Privileged W. Woman

Do you have their address? I want to tell them their name contradicts it’s self…..I tried to Google them but??? I could not locate an address for them…National Socialist Texas Reich? Or do they just exist in your imagination?

Dwasserba

We’re always gerrymandered. Stop. Stop. Stop. There. Done.

bhall74

When Democrats are in the minority and the Republican gerrymander the district maps, the Democrats cry foul. When Republicans are in the minority and the Democrats gerrymander the district maps, the Republicans cry foul. Efforts to create fair, unbiased, district maps have been implemented in some states, and they seem to be working, so long as the party in power feels the new district maps favor them. That's what happened in MD. A bipartisan commission created what appears to be a very fair map, but alas, the Democrats in power have decided to use their legislative poser to create a biased map that fits every definition of "gerrymandered" that you can come up with. Will a lawsuit prevail? Who knows? What relief can a court give? Toss the Democrats plan and adopt the Bipartisan Commission's plan? Send the legislature back to the drawing board? Create a court ordered districts plan? Candidates need to file by February 2022, so the districts map needs to be finalized by then, or the deadline for filing needs to be extended. How will primaries in the spring of 2022 take place if we're still waiting on the districts map to be finalized? Because of these deadlines, and not wanting to interfere with, or change the deadlines, I suspect the court will either toss the lawsuit, or rule that there is nothing illegal with the Legislature's Districts Map.

DickD

They have already ruled, it will not be accepted by the SCOTUS.

Pro-Choice/Privileged W. Woman

B

Your self-awareness about Gerrymandering does not track with your self-awareness about other subjects…I find that fascinating 🧐

MD1756

Let's not forget that independents and those of other parties cry foul too. Gerrymandering causes actual harm (regardless who does it) because the efforts are based on those who actually vote, not those who theoretically are eligible to vote. Those who don't condemn gerrymandering regardless of which party does it are part of the problem and in my opinion, have warped morals.

threecents

Can someone give links to the old and new maps?

bhall74

Here's a link to the Bipartisan Maps: https://redistricting.maryland.gov/Pages/final.aspx

Here's the legislature's maps: https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/Other/Redistricting/Final/webpage-final.pdf

gabrielshorn2013

Gerrymandering transfers power from voters to politicians, and it’s wrong no matter which party does it, he said.

Hear, hear!!!

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

Why not use zip codes for districts - or is that too logical?

LAR1

Or perhaps use counties? May require a law or Constitutional change, but it would be worth it. Representatives representing the population of counties would be an easy, stable representative method.

MD1756

You can't just use counties because of the need to balance district sizes. The average size of a congressional district based on the Census 2000 apportionment population is 646,952, well below MoCo's population for example. Additionally, northern MoCo is nothing like Bethesda or Silver Spring. Additionally, what do you do with cities if you are using counties as the basis?

threecents

Redistricting is tied to census data.

LAR1

But that could be changed to avoid the farce.

public-redux

And gerrymander zip codes, right?

public-redux

If this makes it to a federal court I can easily imagine Republicans in those other states filing amicus briefs on behalf of MD Dems. The GOP has a lot more to lose if the MD Republicans succeed.

threecents

Are you suggesting there might be some hypocrisy in the GOP?

public-redux

Hmmm….self-interest, perhaps.

DickD

Except the SCOTUS ruled on this in 2017 and it is legal, per the SCOTUS, Gladys. I wish it wasn't, but it is.

public-redux

I know, Dick. I pointed out to nelga a few days ago that party affiliation isn’t a protected class like race. SCOTUS said partisan-based gerrymandering is not illegal.

knahs25

I am sure if Republicans were in the majority they would design the map in their favor as they have done in many states. It shouldn’t work that way, but if does.

bnick467

I am rallying behind these Republican lawmakers in their lawsuit. Hopefully they have the fortitude to fight this case all the way to the Supreme Court. Let's end gerrymandering altogether in this nation, including the dozens of states that have altered their political maps in favor of Republicans.

DickD

It has already been there and the Republicans lost!

MD1756

So, Congress should write a law to make it illegal to discriminate based on party affiliation (or lack of party affiliation) and then SCOTUS can change its ruling.

bnick467

MARYLAND Republicans lost. Republicans in the dozens of states gerrymandered the other way won.

MD1756

And that is your defense for shameful behavior of the democratic controlled legislature of this state? Screw the voters (including independents) in this state because republicans screw voters in other states? That's a race to the bottom.

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