How One Conservative Group Plans To Maintain Republicans’ Grip On State Legislatures

Talking Points Memo

In the early August heat, nearly 200 Republican lawmakers gathered in an Austin, Texas, hotel to learn about what one panelist described as a “political adult bloodsport.” The matter at hand — gerrymandering — could lock in Republican power in the states for another decade if successfully carried out again in 2021. Chris Lamar, redistricting counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, agreed that ALEC’s ultimate goal is to have more influence on state lawmakers than the lawmakers’ voters. “They want people to listen to them and not their voters, and the way they do that is by creating these gerrymandered districts so legislators don’t have to address the concerns of their district,” he said. “They’re just addressing the concerns of these corporate interests.”

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