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It's a sentiment shared by Democratic politicians and liberal pundits: disgust over how Republicans drew up favorable (for them) legislative districts after the 2010 Census.

Redistricting is blamed for the relative lack of legislative production in Congress and the rise of stringent partisanship, and has prompted Democrats to fight back in several states. Even former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is getting in on the issue, leading the National Democratic Redistricting Committee to crusade against gerrymandering.

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Some important events happened this week.

The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit record highs. And President-elect Donald Trump continued to announce his cabinet picks.

But a federal court ruling could have even more far-reaching effects.

A three-judge panel ruled Wisconsin's 2011 redistricting law unconstitutional -- a move that could affect the redistricting process in every state where lawmakers draw political maps.

In a 2-1 ruling, the panel said Wisconsin's districts, drawn by Republicans, unfairly affected Democratic voters.

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A federal court says voting districts drawn by Wisconsin Republicans are unconstitutional.

The ruling issued Monday is a major victory for Democrats who have been in the minority for six years and lost ground in this year's election.

A three-judge panel tossed maps drawn by Republican lawmakers five years ago, saying they violate the voting rights of Democrats.

The maps divide Wisconsin into 99 Assembly and 33 Senate districts. A dozen voters sued last year, arguing that the boundaries discriminated against Democrats by diluting their voting power.

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A group that’s trying to change how Illinois’ legislative boundaries are drawn is continuing its legal fight to put the proposal on November’s ballot.

Dennis FitzSimons leads the group called Independent Maps.

The state Supreme Court recently ruled their redistricting proposal unconstitutional - knocking it off the November ballot.

Now, FitzSimons says he’s trying a long shot of a legal maneuver - asking the Supreme Court to officially reconsider its decision.

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he has a plan for redistricting reform that will pass Illinois Supreme Court muster. 

      

The Democrat unveiled his plan Tuesday in Chicago, saying he thinks the state's high court should appoint a Fair Redistricting Commission every ten years after the U.S. Census. Quinn says that commission should redistrict the state's legislative and representative districts.

According to Quinn's plans, no more than six members should be from the same political party. At least seven members must approve the redistricting plan.

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