Rep. Ron Kind says he's "disappointed in the redistricting map"

RELEASE FROM CONGRESSMAN RON KIND'S OFFICE:

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) made the following statement expressing his disappointment in the redistricting map released by the Wisconsin State Legislature today.

“I’m disappointed in the redistricting map moving forward in our state. It is an incumbent protection map that does little to maintain competitive districts in Wisconsin. We need more competitive districts in order to end the intense polarization of our political system.

“The map also does little to honor the historic Wisconsin tradition to keep Congressional districts as compact as possible and respect the territorial integrity of our counties – in fact it goes so far as to dilute our communities. The map breaks up the traditional alliance of Wausau, Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids, communities that have been in the same district for over 100 years. I am especially troubled by the manipulation of expected outcomes and the gerrymandering drawn into the third and seventh congressional districts.

“I am also disappointed that this process was not more bipartisan. The other democrats and I played virtually no role in redistricting. While I recognize that democrats are in the minority in our state legislature and therefore have very little leverage in drawing new federal and state district boundaries, we were merely presented a take it or leave it map. This process shows the need for our state to adopt a model similar to Iowa that uses a nonpartisan judicial commission to draw the political boundaries.”

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republicans in control of the state Legislature have released maps they made redrawing political boundaries for the state's eight congressional districts and all 132 legislative seats.

The maps were released Friday afternoon.

The Legislature intends to vote on passing them starting July 19.

Republicans control both houses of the Legislature and the governor's office during redistricting for the first time since the 1950s. Democrats were shut out of the process of drawing the maps and don't have the votes to stop their passage.

The last three times redistricting was taken up in Wisconsin, due to split political control, the Legislature and governor were unable to agree upon a plan and a federal court had to intervene and approve a map for state legislative districts.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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