Sen. James Brochin has proposed a law to reduce partisanship in future redistricting decisions by creating a Temporary Redistricting Commission in the year following a U.S. Census. Brochin, a Towson Democrat, believes his 42nd District in Baltimore County was redrawn into “ultra-Republican” areas — as punishment for regularly voting with the Republican minority on fiscal issues.
In an early Christmas present to Maryland’s Democratic leaders, a three-judge federal court has totally rejected all the arguments in a lawsuit challenging the state’s congressional district map passed and signed Oct. 20. The court’s unusually rapid 55-page opinion, issued just three days after a hearing on the case, paves the way for Maryland to conduct its presidential primary election on April 3 as planned, with a filing deadline Jan. 11.
Arguments before a three-judge panel in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt Tuesday morning left state officials and a group of black voters opposed to the new congressional districts watching the clock to find out if April’s primary election can proceed as scheduled.
Nine Maryland citizens will file a joint lawsuit in federal court Thursday charging the state with numerous civil rights violations that occurred as a result of last month’s congressional redistricting, according to Radamese Cabrera, a spokesman for Fannie Lou Hamer – Political Action Committee – an African American voting rights group.
Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is calling Maryland’s recent congressional redistricting “outrageously unconstitutional,” and says that his inability to persuade the other justices to overturn partisan gerrymandering like it was “one of my major disappointments in my entire career.”