Gerrymandering — how congressional Republicans rigged the system

** HOLD FOR STORY BY WILL WEISSERT FILE – In this May 30, 2013 file photo, Texas state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa looks at maps on display prior to a Senate Redistricting committee hearing in Austin, Texas. Republican friendly voting districts may have helped the party win an additional four congressional seats last fall, the largest boost in the nation, according to a national Associated Press analysis, helping explain why a fiercely conservative state has moved even farther to the right in recent years despite a booming Hispanic population that tends to favor Democrats. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Author David Daley joined host Jason Middleton to dive into what he says is “the biggest problem in American politics that no one is talking about,” gerrymandering.

He painted a vivid picture of how congressional Republicans devised and executed a $30 million plan to turn state legislative chambers across the country red for good following the party’s crash upon Obama’s election in 2008 — all with just a few tweaks in district lines.

Redrawing district boundaries for the purpose of political advantages is nothing new, but the addition of big data to the mix is calling into question the ethics of the corrupt practice, which now poses a bigger threat to democracy than ever before.

Listen to the full segment below to learn how the Supreme Court is addressing the issue.

 

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