Episode 19,

Gerrymander

David Daley, Alan Abramovitz, Douglas W. Kmiec & Lisa Brown

Gerrymander Edition of Truth Politics and Power delves into the structural advantage that Republicans enjoy in the House of Representatives.

The Gerrymander Edition of Truth Politics and Power delves into the structural advantage that Republicans enjoy in the House of Representatives. Both parties redraw electoral lines to help themselves - Host Neal Conan asks why Republicans do it better and whether Democrats hurt themselves by packing into urban districts. This may all change,  as some states adopt bipartisan commissions and the Supreme Court takes a case that challenges the principle of partisan advantage.

Guests

David Daley 

Daley is the author ofRatf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy and is a Senior Fellow at FairVote, a non-partisan electoral reform group. He previously served as editor-in-chief of Salon.com. You can find him on Twitter @davedaley3.

https://www.amazon.com/Ratf-ked-Behind-Americas-Democracy/dp/1631491628

http://www.fairvote.org

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/06/27/ratfcked-the-influence-of-redistricting

 

 

 

Alan Abramovitz is the Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science at Emory University and  the author or coauthor of five books, including "Voice of the People: Elections and Voting Behavior in the United States." He is a popular expert on national politics, polling and elections. His expertise includes election forecasting models, party realignment in the United States, congressional elections and the effects of political campaigns on the electorate. 

https://smile.amazon.com/Polarized-Public-American-Government-Dysfunctional/dp/0205877397/

https://smile.amazon.com/Disappearing-Center-Citizens-Polarization-Democracy/dp/0300168292/

Douglas W. Kmiec, J.D.  An American legal scholar, diplomat, and author, former Ambassador Douglas W. Kmiec holds the Caruso Family Chair at Pepperdine University. He has focused the chair toward constitutional and human rights law. He was in the Justice Dept under Bush and Reagan and then was appointed ambassador to Malta from 2009 - 2011 by President Obama.

https://books.google.com/books/about/Lift_Up_Your_Hearts.html?id=dZOeuAAACAAJ&hl=en

Lisa Brown is the Oakland County Clerk in Michigan, elected in 2012. Prior to that she was elected twice as the State Representative in Michigan’s 39th district, but decided not to seek reelection after the district’s boundaries were changed. Brown tweets @LisaBrown39.