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The Brennan Center’s Wendy Weiser appeared on Capital Tonight to discuss prison-based gerrymandering in New York. The New York Times also editorialized in favor of the Brennan Center’s position.
More than 60 House members urged President Obama to sign an executive order to require federal contractors to make their campaign spending public. Meanwhile, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce warned House members against supporting the order.
An independent citizens panel will soon vote on new congressional maps for California. The commission in charge of drawing the maps has cost more than expected, reports the Sacramento Bee.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that Ohio’s “Voter ID rule is dead, at least for now.”
Two Democratic Senators have been rebuffed by the Obama administration in their attempt “to learn more about the government’s interpretation of domestic surveillance law.” They are also pushing a law to force the intelligence chief “to admit that they went too far in their Patriot Act interpretations.”
The Bangor Daily News calls out a Republican state legislator for accusing college students of voter fraud.