It’s redistricting time. The Wisconsin Republican controlled legislature has redrawn the lines for Assembly, Senate and Congressional districts. (Here’s a nice map to see current and proposed Senate districts and current and proposed Assembly districts).
Of course, practically since the Republic began, once the lines are drawn, the opposition cries, “Foul!” It’s already happened and the Democrats are hoping for gains during the recall elections next month to gain control of the Senate so that they can have some say in it.
No doubt the courts will be the final arbiter in this as well as many other redistricting plans being drawn across the nation.
In recent years, gerrymanders have been used to give certain voting blocs (whether political or demographic) a reasonable chance of representation. Look at North Carolina’s 12th district; a district that stretches almost completely from north to south through the middle of the state in order to set up a majority African-American district.
But most of the time it’s used to secure seats of representatives. No doubt it’s happening this time; Republicans and Democrats both desire advantage in representation…
I’ll leave it to others point out those things.