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Democrats continue push for redistricting changes and oppose Supreme Court proposal


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- Several Wisconsin Democrats are continuing their push to change redistricting procedures and oppose a proposed change in the Supreme Court.

One of them is 85th District freshman Representative Mandy Wright of Wausau. Wright is not in favor of changing the Constitution to allow Supreme Court justices to elect their Chief Justice and limit the Chief Justice’s term. “A lot of people are saying that this is a power grab, because if you get the majority that’s leaning one way politically or the other, then you can basically take complete control of the board by making sure that a person with those political leanings is also the head person in charge.”

Wright believes the present system is working just fine. “I know that there would be a term limit attached, so for instance, our Chief Justice right now is one of the longest serving justices in the history of Wisconsin, and she would no longer be able to serve. I do believe she would be grandfathered in under this bill, but we would not be able to have someone with such long standing service to the State of Wisconsin.”

As far as the redistricting issue, Wright agrees it needs to be done every ten years but says the process is letting elected officials pick and choose who their constituents are by drawing the maps to be either heavily Democratic or Republican. She believes that is one reason Democrats are in the minority right now. “In the last voting cycle, we had 174-thousand more people vote Democratic for the Assembly, but then Assembly Democrats hold just 39 out of the 99 seats.”

Democrats want to assign redistricting to a Redistricting Advisory Commission within the non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau.

(The interview with Rep. Mandy Wright can be heard on our website, here.)