Gerrymandering

KSL TV

The midterm elections are (mostly) in the books. The Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives and made some inroads in governorships and state legislatures. The Republicans expanded their majority in the U.S. Senate. In Utah, Mitt Romney became Senator-elect, the race for the 4th Congressional District is too close to call. Several of the Propositions on the ballot appear headed for passage. And turnout was extremely high. We recap the elections and look ahead with Damon Cann, USU Professor of Political Science.

Daily Herald

Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes holds a public meeting to discuss the medical cannabis compromise legislation he crafted with proponents and opponents of Proposition 2. Also, due to high drug costs, a Utah health insurance group is paying for public employees to fill prescriptions in Mexico. And the local faith community responds to the recent shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. 

Utah County
utahbirds.org

A federal judge is declaring that Utah's San Juan County has made appropriate reforms after finding its previous political boundaries racially gerrymandered.

Judge Robert Shelby declined Monday to reopen the case in response to concerns from Navajo residents in the state's southeast corner.

Reddit

 

As the U.S. Supreme Court begins hearings for a political gerrymandering case, a Utah initiative to curb the practice receives big funding from private donors. After the mass shooting in Las Vegas, a Utah gun lobbyist explains how the bump stock device used in the attack allows a semi-automatic rifle to mimic automatic weapon fire. And a Utah woman successfully sues her attacker 20 years after the deadline to file a lawsuit for sexual assault cases.

Dennis Stock

A group aiming to reduce gerrymandering held a series of public hearings throughout Utah last week.

Berkeley.edu

Details about a 2018 ballot initiative seeking an independent redistricting commission to work with Utah’s Legislature surfaced last week.