Bangor Daily News: Snowe, McKernan side against GOP in high court’s redistricting bias case


Maine’s highest-powered Republican couple — former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe and former Gov. John McKernan — have signed onto briefs urging the U.S. Supreme Court to limit gerrymandering when it decides a potential landmark case later this year.

The high court will hear arguments in October in the case of Gill vs. Whitford,which challenges redistricting maps drawn and signed into law in 2011 by Republicans in Wisconsin, calling it an unconstitutional example of gerrymandering, the act of manipulating political boundaries to benefit a party or class.


Snowe, who served in both chambers of Congress from 1979 to 2013, and McKernan, her husband who served alongside Snowe as a congressman before winning two terms as governor from 1987 to 1995, signed onto briefs organized by the Campaign Legal Center, a national group that fights gerrymandering.

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