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Janesville Gazette (Newspaper) - December 13, 2012, Janesville, Wisconsin
The Gazette local thursday december 13,2012. 3a redistricting leaves its Mark on election by Craig Gilbert Milwaukee journal Sentinel new election data shows that five of Wisconsin a eight . House districts 17 of 33 state Senate District and 56 of 99 state Assembly districts voted Republican for president even though Mitt Romney lost the state As a whole by nearly 7 Points. Those Odd results Are a testament to the Power of the gop redistricting plan adopted last year boosting the number of Republican Friendly seats in Madison and Washington. That map helped the cop take Back the state Senate and pad its hefty Assembly majority in an otherwise dismal year for the party. It helps explain a Paradox of Wisconsin politics How to Square the oops current dominance in state government with its ongoing futility in presidential elections. An analysis of the numbers shows that 60 of 99 Assembly districts Are More Republican than the state As a whole based on presidential voting. That a precisely the number of seats republicans won last month. And 20 of the 33 state Senate districts Are More Republican than the state As a whole. The cop emerged from the election with 18 Senate seats. The Bottom line for democrats to win Back the legislature under the new lines its not enough for them to win Battleground districts. They need to win multiple victories on Republican turf. The new map has one other big consequence along with its partisan skew. It reduces the number of competitive congressional and legislative seats. There Are now very few districts in Wisconsin that Mirror the states Overall partisan balance. To create More a a red Republican seats the Gap plan moved democratic voters from competitive districts into ones that were already very the result More lopsided seats Oft both sides and fewer ctn pet Tive ones. Both features of the new map the loss of Competition and a pronounced gop tilt were evident when the plan was debated adopted and litigated in court last year. But last months election provided the first Concrete evidence of its Impact. Here a what the numbers show by office . House five of the states eight . House seats voted Republican for president in a year when the cop lost that election by 6.8 Points statewide. President Barack Obama won Democrat Gwen Moore a 4th District by 51 Points newly elected Democrat Mark Pocan a 2nd District by 38 Points and Democrat Ron kinds 3rd District by la Points. But in districts with Republican incumbents he lost Jim Sensenbrenner a 5th District by 24 Points Tom Petrie a 6th District by 7 Points Reid Robbier 8th District by 4 Points Paul Ryan a 1st District by 4 Points and scan Duffy a 7th District by 3 Points. Because so Many democratic votes Are concentrated in the 2nd District which includes Dane county and the 4th District which includes the City of Milwaukee republicans have a numbers advantage elsewhere on the map. This is partly a consequence of population patterns. Madison and Milwaukee have High concentrations of democrats. That hurts the party when it comes to drawing District lines because those democratic votes would be More helpful if they w Ere spread out across More districts. But the new Republican Friendly map also plays a role Here. Republicans went to great lengths to bolster Duffy moving three democratic leaning cities in Central Wisconsin out of his Northern Wisconsin seat held previously by Democrat Dave obey. Before the changes the 7th District had been close to5ty50 in its partisan makeup. In presidential voting in 2004 and 2008, it closely a mirrored the statewide vote. But under the new lines last month it voted 5 Points More Republican for president than the state As a whole. Redistricting does no to entirely account for Duffy a re election since he won last month with 56 percent of the vote. But it makes his District significantly safer for him and for the gop in the future. The new map also reduces partisan Competition Overall. While some of the changes were Small every . House seat in Wisconsin that Wasny to Safe already became safer for the party that now occupies it. Wisconsin Senate in 2008, 18 of 33 Senate districts were More cop than the state As a whole based on How they voted for president. Under the new map 20 Are More Republican than the state As a whole based on their presidential vote. If they Haven to locked in control of the state Senate with this map. Republicans have come close. Under the new lines 15 seats two shy of a majority Are at least 5 Points More Republican than the state As a whole. That was True of Only nine seats under the old lines. To win a Bare majority 17 seat democrats would have to win at least two Senate districts that Are Republican enough they voted for a gop presidential candidate Romney who lost decisively statewide. The decline in Competition is striking Here too. In 2008, there were la districts within 3 Points in either direction of the statewide presidential vote. Last month under the new lines there were Only five. Wisconsin Assembly this May be where the effects of the new map Are most dramatic 60 of the 99 seats were More Republican in their presidential voting last month than the state As a w Hole. Of those 56 were carried outright by Romney and another four were won by Obama but by smaller margins than he won statewide. Only 39 districts were More democratic than the state As whole. Holiday Home h purchases this is also a significant change from the old map. In 2008,51 of 99 seats were More Republican than the state As a whole. To increase the number of Republican Friendly districts the gop a a packed democratic voters into fewer districts making those seats More heavily democratic but diluting democratic voting Power in other places. The horizontal line across the Middle of both charts above represents the 50th seat in 99-member Assembly. The 2012 Chart shows How the 50th seat is now about 5 Points More Republican than the state As a whole based on presidential voting. In 2008 the 50th seat was very close to the statewide vote the vertical line in the Middle. Under the new map for democrats to win just a Bare majority of 50, they have to win la Assembly seats that Are More Republican than the state As a whole based on How they voted for president last Mont including seven seats that voted for Romney. The loss of Competition in Assembly races is dramatic. In 2008, there w Ere 29 districts within 3 Points in either direction of the statewide presidential vote. In last months election there were Only seven such districts. In other w ords the vast majority of seats Are either now much More Republican or much More democratic than the state As a whole. In Short not Only is the Overall map skewed but a far greater number of individual districts than before Are either locked in for one party or or tilted Shandy enough to give one Side a serious advantage. Redistricting Isnit the Only Factor in the Battle Over control of the legislature. But if the playing Field Isnit even. Its possible for one Side to have More statewide support and still lose. Until the next redistricting nearly a decade from now the legislative and congressional playing Field in Wisconsin is not a level one. 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Murray said he prefers negotiations which have More a a in a still exploring some sort of Compromise that would involve opening the contract on specific targeted items one to three issues. Maybe a Murray said. If court challenges to Wisconsin act to Are upheld the Board will be Able to impose Benefit Levels employee contributions for insurance and working conditions when Union contracts run out next july i. Murray said the boards vote tuesday on a new dress code might be the tip of the iceberg of what the Board might decide to do. Some kind of Merit pay system is one potential item. He said. But Murray said the District would see a Long term Benefit of gaining consensus rather than imposing what a majority of the Board wants. Either Way the Board is Likely to find itself with a better budget situation once All employees Start paying into their pensions As required by Law. And Start paying More for health insurance which seems to be the boards intent. 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