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Partisan gerrymandering can reduce access to credit, study finds

Sep 20, 2022
Lawmakers from politically drawn districts feel less pressure to cater to voters and exert less pressure on lenders, a researcher says.
Rawley Heimer, a professor of finance at Arizona State, says lawmakers from politically drawn  districts tend to be less sensitive to voters' needs and put less pressure on lenders.
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What are the real-life effects of political gerrymandering?

Sep 15, 2022
Author David Daley argues that gerrymandering contributed to the Flint, Michigan, water crisis and facilitated post-Roe abortion bans.
David Daley, author of "Unrigged: How Americans Are Battling Back to Save Democracy," says gerrymandering has allowed some politicians to safely ignore the will of voters.
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Gerrymandering gone wild: What's the fix?

Sep 8, 2022
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Katie Fahey, founder of Voters Not Politicians, ran a successful campaign to end gerrymandering in Michigan.
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Release of 2020 census data starts countdown to congressional redistricting

Aug 12, 2021
Redrawing congressional maps is an expensive process — one that will shape U.S. politics for the next 10 years.
People gathered at the Supreme Court in June 2019 as decisions on census questions were handed down. The Census Bureau released its first local data Thursday.
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State-level redistricting fights involve plenty of money moves

Sep 3, 2018
The Labor Day weekend signals the last campaigning and fundraising push before the midterm elections.
Activists march to Senate Hart Office Building June 25, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Common Cause, American Promise, Take Back Our Republic and Represent Us and Fix It America co-hosted an event and visits to congressional members from New Mexico to urge the Congress to support 'the Fix It America Constitutional Amendment to reign in the influence of big money in politics and curb the abuses of gerrymandering in the redistricting process.'
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Hot new attraction: Chicago's corruption walking tour

Jul 19, 2016
A packed, but not exhaustive, tour of Chicago's notorious political chicanery.
American gangster Al Capone signs a $50,000 bail bond in Chicago's Federal Building. 
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