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Lawmakers return to Albany this week and both houses will be holding a joint hearing on the state’s redistricting process.

Independent redistricting is another step closer to reality in Dutchess County. The county legislature this week unanimously passed a law amending the county charter. Now, it’s up to the voters.

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses Hurricane Dorian, which began hitting Florida's east coast on Tuesday and is expected to affect Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina later this week. 

Dr. Alan Chartock
Eric Korenman

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses President Trump's announcement that he will impose tariffs on Mexico if the country doesn't do more to limit illegal immigration into the U.S. 

Ian Shapiro is Sterling Professor of Political Science and director of the MacMillan Center at Yale University, with Frances McCall Rosenbluth (Damon Wells Professor of Political Science at Yale University), he's written the book "Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy from Itself."

In recent decades, democracies across the world have adopted measures to increase popular involvement in political decisions. Parties have turned to primaries and local caucuses to select candidates; ballot initiatives and referenda allow citizens to enact laws directly; many places now use proportional representation, encouraging smaller, more specific parties rather than two dominant ones.Yet voters keep getting angrier.There is a steady erosion of trust in politicians, parties, and democratic institutions, culminating most recently in major populist victories in the United States, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere.

Frances Rosenbluth and Ian Shapiro argue that devolving power to the grass roots is part of the problem. Shapiro joins us.

Gerrymandering can impact years of elections.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Rutgers University political science professor Ross Baker speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Could Pennsylvania become a model for nationwide gerrymandering reform?  A movie coming to Albany tomorrow examines the issue.

Stephen Gottlieb: Whitford Versus Gill

Jun 19, 2018

Commentators have treated the Court’s decision in Whitford v. Gill, the Wisconsin gerrymandering case, as just a technical decision, a delay in getting a substantive decision out of the Court. They’re nuts and I’m furious.

U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a gerrymandering case that could have implications on America’s political landscape. Here to discuss the issue is Vincent Bonventre of Albany Law School. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

The U.S. Supreme Court hasn’t ruled on gerrymandering since 2004. Now, with the 2020 Census looming, the nation’s highest court has decided to take up the issue of Republican-drawn legislative districts in Wisconsin. WAMC’s JD Allen spoke with Paul Mark — a Democrat from the 2nd Berkshire District who chairs the Massachusetts state House Committee on Redistricting — about how the Supreme Court decision could affect the states. 

Courtesy of Common Cause NY

The U.S. Supreme Court was set to begin hearing arguments Tuesday on whether partisan gerrymandering is constitutional. With this case in mind, Common Cause New York and other partners are urging communities to participate in a local census program to ensure hard-to-count communities are included. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has more on a report on the dangers of under-counting in New York.