Drawing New Lines

We’re taking the opportunity to revisit a   conversation we had in October with David Daley,   author of the book,   Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy. He spoke with Bob about the history of gerrymandering and how Republican strategists   have taken the practice to new levels in the last decade. This week, the Supreme Court struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina, deciding that the majority-black districts were created to diminish the voting strength of African American democrats in the   state. It’s an opinion that opens the door for more challenges to gerrymandering at a time when civil rights advocates are looking for legal avenues to fight the redistricting system and   when Republicans control most state legislatures.