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New court filing: Democrats say Wisconsin redistricting files deleted at "suspicious times"


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I've been covering the "alleged" corruption and attempts at voter suppression that have "allegedly" been occurring under Governor Scott Walker's alleged watch, the most recent being: Documents were deleted from WI GOP redistricting computers, per court filing. And before that, WI officials were subpoenaed over missing computers, docs involved in redistricting that benefited Republicans.

You know, the alleged usual. Here's the alleged latest, via WisPolitics:

According to a new court filing, a forensic investigation of computers GOP lawmakers, their aides and their lawyers used in the redistricting process found some files were deleted just after a federal court ordered three witnesses to turn over documents to the plaintiffs. Other files were deleted one week before the lawmakers’ firm, Michael Best & Friedrich, turned over its redistricting files to Dems after they took control of the state Senate following a recall election. [...]

Yesterday’s filing updated the court on a forensic examination of the computers and noted the cost of the review had now reached $100,000. The plaintiffs asked the court to require the Legislature, its employees and/or its attorneys to cover the costs of the forensics.

Ohhh Scotty, you've got some reinventing to do!

lucy you've got some reinventing to do

In other news, Walker won't push for gun background checks.


Documents were deleted from WI GOP redistricting computers, per court filing


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Previously I posted WI officials subpoenaed over missing computers, docs involved in redistricting that benefited Republicans:

The subpoenas are being used to force GOP officials to reveal where the mystery computers, external hard drives, discs and documents are located, and the groups who are making these demands want the answers under oath.

It’s been months and months, but the state of Wisconsin never told the plaintiffs, who want to search said computers, where the computers were, and made every effort to block them from finding out, so now the Dems are playing hardball. They want those documents, and they want them now.

Republicans who control the Wisconsin legislature. Wisconsin's governor is the one and only GOP "rising star" Scott Walker. Of course, Walker, along with the legislature, approved redistricting maps that benefited their party

It isn't clear who deleted these documents, but-- call me crazy-- I'm guessing it wasn't a Democrat.

Via JSOnline:

Madison - Documents were deleted from state redistricting computers last year even after a lawyer for the Legislature told lawmakers' aides to preserve all records on the computers, according to documents filed Wednesday in federal court.

Nine hard drives were recently given to groups suing the state because of questions about whether legislators and their attorneys had turned over all the documents they had been ordered to provide. One of the nine hard drives was unreadable and the outside of it was dented and scratched, which suggested its metal housing had been removed, according to affidavits in the case.

In addition, some of the hard drives had a program installed on them that could remove electronic data and hide the fact that files had been deleted, according to the filing. So far, however, a computer expert has not been able to determine if the program was actually used.

JSOnline goes on to say that a "panel of federal judges ruled last year that two Assembly maps on Milwaukee's south side violated the voting rights of Latinos. The court put in place new maps for those districts but not others, meaning the Republican-friendly maps were largely preserved."

And the fun never ends under Scott Walker's watch. Stay tuned.

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GOP is unbalanced. But then, we already knew that


election rigging scheme, GOP electoral college plan gerrymandering Via Think Progress

Per a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 52% of Americans have a favorable view of President Obama's policies that he's proposed for the next four years.

But 55% think that the plans the GOP will be brewing during the president's second term are not their cup o' tea. Gee, can't imagine why; their party is so, you know, inclusive and goes out of its way to embrace all Americans. And by all Americans I mean guns. And white people. And corporations. Hey, guns and people are corporations, too.

One of the things that inclusive, embrace-y Republican-led states has produced is redistricting, as I've posted about repeatedly. In fact, you can see all of those posts here.

As if we needed proof, that practice has resulted in those states becoming redder than ever. And by redder I mean cheating their way into future GOP election victories.


The New York Times notes that due to redistricting, seven states had a "severe imbalance" between their popular vote and the party makeup of their House delegations: Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

All but Arizona were tilted in favor of the Republicans.


Never thought I'd type these words: Thank you, Republican Virginia House Speaker


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In the vast majority of states, the presidential candidate who wins receives all of that state’s electoral votes. The proposed changes would instead apportion electoral votes by congressional district, a setup far more favorable to Republicans. Under such a system in Virginia, for instance, President Obama would have claimed four of the state’s 13 electoral votes in the 2012 election, rather than all of them.

Just yesterday Andy Marquis guest-blogged this: If new GOP laws pass, it will literally be easier to legally buy a firearm in Virginia than it will be to vote. Between Voter I.D. laws and gerrymandering, there has been one election-rigging scheme after another. But there were glimmers of hope in Virginia and Florida.

Too bad the same can't be said for Pennsylvania, where the GOP is pursuing their own election-rigging legislation.

But back to Virginia. Think Progress is reporting this:

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William Howell (R) killed the Inauguration Day sneak attack by Senate Republicans who hoped to pass a massive mid-decade gerrymander. Howell ruled that the Senate’s amendment to a House bill making minor technical corrections to the House legislative maps were not germane, as it was a “vast rewrite” and would “stray dramatically” from the legislation’s original purpose.

I never thought I'd type these words: Thank you Republican House Speaker, for killing the GOP Senate gerrymander scheme. You did the right thing.

think before speaking did I just say that