Political redistricting in Wisconsin is important to shaping long-term policies. The process for deciding political boundaries at all levels is controversial and hot. The courts, more so than legislative chambers, are likely to be the central arenas for deciding a number of the important outcomes in the now-unfolding decennial cycle.
Put those three statements together and you see why Marquette Law School’s Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education is giving redistricting special attention, with the goal of providing evenhanded background and insight.
A blog post that will follow this is the first in a series of Lubar Center posts on the Marquette Law School Faculty Blog that will focus on aspects of the current work on redistricting.
Reporting and writing the posts is Larry Sandler, a freelance journalist with more than 38 years of experience covering government and business in southeastern Wisconsin for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and other publications.
Sandler wrote an extensive package of stories on redistricting that appeared in the Summer 2021 Marquette Lawyer magazine. It can be read by clicking here.
Previous Lubar Center attention to redistricting includes an “On the Issues with Mike Gousha” program last fall, with Dale Schultz and Tim Cullen, former Wisconsin legislative leaders, one a Republican and one a Democrat, who joined in advocating for a different redistricting process in Wisconsin. The program may be viewed by clicking here.
Other activities occurred last spring. They included a blog entry by John Johnson, research fellow for the Lubar Center, analyzing Wisconsin’s legislative redistricting in 2010, which experts have said gave Republicans electoral advantages. The post may be read by clicking here. And on February 11, 2021, Johnson and Craig Gilbert, Washington bureau chief of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, discussed redistricting during an “On the Issues with Mike Gousha” program. It may be viewed by clicking here.
Keep an eye out this fall for Sandler’s redistricting blog posts for the Law School’s Lubar Center.