Former U.S. AG Holder to testify on Wisconsin maps Thursday evening

    Eric Holder (By United States Department of Justice, public domain)
    Eric Holder (By United States Department of Justice, public domain)

    There will be a familiar face when it comes to the national topic of gerrymandering at the People’s Maps Commission virtual public hearing on Thursday, Oct. 1. Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who is now the chair of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, plans to testify.

    The news comes from Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), who has authored and pushed legislation on non-partisan redistricting for many years.

    “Wisconsin is one of the most gerrymandered states in the nation which has given the Republicans a lock on control of the Legislature since they drew the maps in 2011,” said Hansen in a release. “Thursday’s hearing will not only give people the opportunity to learn from leaders like Eric Holder and others on what they can do to help make our elections fair and competitive, but also the chance to make their voices heard.”

    Gov. Tony Evers established the People’s Maps Commission in an executive order earlier this year with the goal of proposing fair, non-partisan maps for Wisconsin, saying at the time that “Wisconsinites should choose their elected officials, not the other way around.”

    Thursday’s hearing — the commission’s first — will run from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m and will be live-streamed on the Department of Administration’s YouTube Channel here.   If, by chance, you did not realize that the state DOA has a YouTube Channel, now you know. 

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    If you want to really brush up on the history of redistricting in Wisconsin, the Legislative Reference Bureau released a 74-page report on the topic this morning, available here.

    Melanie Conklin
    Melanie Conklin is proud to be a native of the state of Wisconsin, which gave humankind the typewriter, progressivism and deep-fried cheese curds. Her several decades in journalism include political beats and columns at Isthmus newspaper, the Wisconsin State Journal and other publications. When not an ink-stained wretch, she served time inside state, local and federal government in communications. She is excited to be back at the craft of journalism as Deputy Editor of the Wisconsin Examiner. It’s what she’s loved ever since getting her master’s degree in journalism from the UW-Madison. Her family includes one husband, two kids, four dogs and five (or more) chinchillas.