Last week, I wrote a piece that linked the Kavanaugh hearings with the General Assembly’s machinations on redistricting. Now, with Justice Kavanaugh confirmed and sworn in, our House of Delegates redistricting may take yet another twist.
In previous writings, I have detailed the long and winding road that led to the federal court decision to strike down the Republicans’ 2011 redistricting plan due to unconstitutional racial gerrymandering. Since that June 26, 2018, Court decision in Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections, and despite numerous requests by Democrats to reconvene the General Assembly to consider legislative options, the Republican strategy has been to delay any legislative action in hopes that new maps could not be drawn in time for the 2019 House of Delegates election. [Read more…]