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    Supreme Court Punts on Partisan Gerrymandering

    Back to the drawing board. America’s top court declined yesterday to make a broad ruling on the politically charged issue of partisan gerrymandering, despite the chance to address it in two cases from Wisconsin and Maryland. Instead, both cases were sent back to lower courts on technical grounds. That leaves the current status quo intact — and could make it even more difficult for future challengers to effect change. Still, Justice Elena Kagan said in her opinion that redrawing districts to favor particular parties or candidates is “incompatible with democratic principles.”

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