(Quick, let's play that classic WisGOP game of "FIND THE FEMALE!" Look in the 2nd row.) How do we know this is a panic move after major voter blowback? let's go into the bill draft and see how the Legislative Reference Bureau describes it.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos holds news conference to announce “Iowa style nonpartisan redistricting” process which will be on the floor for a vote Thursday and take effect for 2024 election cycle pic.twitter.com/O8MaaxQPwp— Matt Smith (@mattsmith_news) September 12, 2023
Iowa law and LRB-4349 set deadlines for key events in the redistricting process. LRB-4349 starts the redistricting process later in the year and sets out a longer timeline. In the event that the legislature fails to pass the initial map proposal, Iowa law requires LSA to produce up to two more proposals; in contrast, LRB-4349 does the same. The Iowa legislature’s feedback must, to the extent allowed by Iowa’s statutes and the Constitution, be incorporated into the second or third map proposal. If a map proposal is vetoed by the governor, the governor’s feedback must be incorporated into the second or third map proposal. LRB-4349 has similar requirements for incorporating the legislature and governor’s feedback between map proposals.... In Iowa, the legislature is permitted to make “corrective” amendments to the first and second map proposals, but can amend the third map proposal in the same manner as it amends other legislation. Under LRB-4349, the Wisconsin legislature can also make corrective amendments to the first and second map proposals and amend the third map proposal in the same manner as it amends other legislation. In Iowa, if no map proposal is enacted by September 15, the Iowa Constitution (Art. III, § 35) directs the Iowa Supreme Court to adopt, or cause to be adopted, a redistricting plan for legislative districts. LRB-4349 does not specify a deadline by which a map proposal must be adopted. In addition, the Wisconsin Constitution does not require the Wisconsin Supreme Court to adopt, or cause to be adopted, a redistricting plan.Oh? The Wisconsin Supreme Court has no role in this? Can't imagine why not! And sure enough, Vos gave away the real reason this bill was brought up in his hastily-arranged press conference.
The move is aimed at bypassing lawsuits before the state Supreme Court that seek to rewrite the current GOP-favorable maps that were adopted in 2021. "Hopefully it means that we will take all of the money that has been wasted by the liberal interests suing us over the maps and instead we get to say we don't need to waste those taxpayer dollars because we can adapt the process that has been used flawless wirelessly in Iowa," Vos said Tuesday.Pathetic and sooo whiny. And by the way Robbin', an "Iowa-style" redistricting law has obvious flaws. Especially if one party is already in control due to past gerrymandering.
Naturally, the gerrymandered WisGOP Legislature would turn down the Reference Bureau's fairer maps until they get to redraw them again, and nothing changes. Does WisGOP really think anyone can't see what the real motivation is with this? Think we're fuckin' stupid, Vos? Tony Evers isn't stupid, and immediately called out WisGOP's desperate garbage.
Remember: Iowa-style redistricting means that the state legislature gets the ability to veto the maps created by the independent commission. In other words, it would still allow Wisconsin Republicans the ability to veto new maps https://t.co/EF1VkdieX5— Blake Allen (@Blake_Allen13) September 12, 2023
If the WisGOPs even try to get this through on Thursday (with no public hearing and no committee action. Always a sign of good legislation), every Dem in the Assembly should say nothing except "YOU LOST. People see through your bullshit, and if you had an ounce of pride, you'd shut up and listen to them." The WisGOPs are on the run, and it's no time to let up. Crushing these pathetic, scheming WisGOPs into dust and throwing Robbin' Vos, Scott Walker, and all of these other lowlifes into the state's trash bin is the only way this state can advance into the 2020s. Which means full speed ahead on the lawsuit, and fair maps for the 2024 elections is the only solution that is acceptable.
Republicans, who've been ramping up their efforts to interfere in Wisconsin elections, are now demanding Legislature-picked and Legislature-approved map drawers for legislative districts. That's bogus.— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) September 12, 2023
Read my full statement ⬇️https://t.co/AVCRosMsvQ pic.twitter.com/kttVVS1QJ7