The Center for American Progress (CAP) has conducted a study that examines the most recent elections for every seat in the state legislatures of North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. In each state, residents cast more total votes for Democrats than they did for Republicans. Yet, in all four of these places, Republicans currently control both houses of the state legislature.
Partisan gerrymandering allows these politicians -- who know they will retain majorities before the elections even happen -- to stop listening to the citizens of their state while they pander to the extremes of their base and the special interests who fund their reelection. Just ask advocates trying to address the critical issue of preventing gun violence. Read more