Wis. Gov. Evers defends independent redistricting commission

On Thursday Feb. 6, 2020 Gov. Tony Evers held a press conference to sign an executive order for a special session which called for the Republican-controlled Legislature to spend $250 million of a state budget surplus on public schools. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is pushing forward with a plan to establish an independent redistricting commission. The Democrat governor defended the move at the National Governors Association meeting in D.C.

The commission will be tasked with creating a map proposal for the state’s upcoming redistricting process, which happens once every 10 years following the census. The governor claimed the independent commission will create a more competitive district map than the GOP-controlled state legislature. He added this new map will be fairer for voters of both parties.

“The People’s Map Commission will visit every congressional district, hear directly from folks across our state and draw fair, impartial maps for the legislature to take up next year,” stated Evers.

However, Wisconsin Republicans have expressed doubts regarding the commission’s impartiality. According to analysts, they will probably approve a map of their own in the state legislature, which has the actual legal power to approve district maps.

This will likely be vetoed by Evers, which could result in a court battle over redistricting in the state.

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Democrats’ impeachment manager selection

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks during her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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As the House prepares for its historic impeachment vote, Democrats are already planning ahead for the potential trial in the Senate. At the top of their agenda is who should stand before senators, who will be serving as jurors, and who will argue why President Trump should be removed from office.

That decision will ultimately be made by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She’s expected to choose Democrats, likely some in the Judiciary or Intelligence Committee, who have been involved in the impeachment process. However, a group of 30 Democrats is urging her to go a different route — one that ends with naming independent congressman Justin Amash as an impeachment manager. Amash famously left the Republican Party this year to register, instead, as an independent.

“I think people need to stand up for what’s right, stand up for what they believe in, and be independent of these party loyalties that really divide us,” he stated.

FILE – In this June 12, 2019 file photo, independent Rep. Justin Amash listens to debate on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Before this move, however, he was the first Republican congressman to call for the president to be impeached. Some have argued that putting Amash front and center in the trial would send a statement that the impeachment inquiry is bipartisan, which is something Republicans say the investigation hasn’t been.

“What we’ve seen in the House was a partisan show trial,” stated Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). “It was one-sided.”

Meanwhile, others say choosing Amash is too much of a risk. The Washington Post reported that Amash is open to the task if he’s asked, but according to CNN it likely won’t be offered to him.

With that pivotal decision coming down to Speaker Pelosi, it’s unclear if she will take the gamble or pick someone safer. Either way, we won’t have to wait very long to find out as Pelosi is likely to announce her picks this week.

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