Nevada Democrats bet on remapping payout: Ballots and limits

Nevada Democrats will learn November players in their calculated bet of redesigned congressional districts on Tuesday, a move a GOP operative calls a “dummymander.”

Nevada’s primary on Tuesday will determine nominees for the Nov. 8 general election in House districts drawn by Democratic lawmakers who created three soft Democratic districts, all of which went for President Joe Biden in the single digits.

The map moved Democratic voters from Rep. Dina Titus’ Strongly Democratic 1st District to support the most vulnerable Democratic Representatives. Susie Lee in the 3rd arrondissement and Steven Horsford in the 4th arrondissement.

Republicans are salivating, expecting to clinch seats in a GOP-friendly political environment. “I really think Nevada could be the model of the cycle,” said Adam Kincaid, executive director of the National Republican Redistricting Trust.

Kelly Burton, chairwoman of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and a native of Las Vegas, accepted the bet. Republicans are “fighting on our turf,” she said. Nevada’s new districts have good Democratic “DNA”.

She also views the new card as a long game. “Even if they win them, we can get them back immediately,” she said.

Here’s a detailed rundown of today’s major primaries. — Greg Giroux

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LOUISIANA: MORE MAP DRAWING
The Louisiana map is still not final. Louisiana lawmakers are scheduled to meet again on Wednesday to draw another congressional map for the six-seat U.S. House delegation.

A judge’s order upheld by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit gave lawmakers until June 20 to propose a plan for two black-majority districts. Republican legislative leaders are asking for more time, at least until June 30, according to court documents. — Jennifer Kay

Read more: Special Louisiana redistricting session complies with court order

RHODE ISLAND: EASIER VOTING
Mail-in ballots for anyone requesting them, one ballot per community, and a permanent absentee list are among the provisions of the new Let Rhode Island Vote Act.

Gov. Dan McKee (D) signed legislation backed by the League of Women Voters (HB 7100/SB 2007) that also requires the Secretary of State to verify and update voter rolls four times a year.

Many of the provisions of the legislation were implemented in the 2020 election, “and it allowed a record number of Rhodeans to vote safely,” McKee said at a signing ceremony on Aug. June. — Joyce E. Cutler

MICHIGAN: CHARGED
An already decimated slate of Michigan Republican primary candidates for governor received another blow with the arrest and indictment of frontrunner Ryan Kelley on misdemeanor charges related to the realtor’s actions during the Jan. 6 uprising. at the US Capitol.

To see a field of 10 potential GOP candidates shrink to five due to signature fraud and then have a top surviving candidate handcuffed is “unprecedented” in Michigan history, Bill Ballenger, a conservative political commentator from longtime and former Republican state representative and senator, said in an email.

Additionally, a judge denied a June 13 request from GOP challenger Perry Johnson, who was barred from the ballot because the state Board of Elections found he had submitted thousands of fraudulent signatures. He’s asked a federal court to return him to the ballot or stop the printing of the Aug. 2 primary ballots. —Alex Ebert

MICHIGAN: RECORDS ARE PUBLIC
Private texts, emails and other messages from two Detroit GOP election officials who temporarily blocked certification of presidential votes are public records subject to the Freedom of Information Act, a US appeals court has ruled. Michigan.

The Wayne County Board of Solicitors must provide liberal activists with responses that board members Monica Palmer and William Hartmann — since deceased — have received from Republican officials, consultants or members since November 2020, the court ordered. On November 23, 2020, GOP board members initially voted to block certification of Detroit’s results, a move they reversed hours later. — Alex Ebert

FLORIDA: CARD ARGUMENTS
Florida officials have asked state and federal courts to dismiss lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of a congressional redistricting plan crafted by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ staff.

An amended federal complaint “is long on rhetoric but short on fact,” according to a motion filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. At a minimum, according to the filing, a stay should be granted pending the outcome of the case in state court or pending a U.S. Supreme Court decision in an Alabama redistricting case.

The high court will hear arguments in the Alabama case in October. — Jennifer Kay

Map of the Congressional District from the office of Governor Ron DeSantis (R).

PENNSYLVANIA: TRUMP’S ADVOCATE

A lawyer who helped promote former President Donald Trump’s baseless 2020 election fraud allegations has joined Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano’s campaign as “senior legal counsel.”

Jenna Ellis says the governor’s race in the swing state is ‘the most important in the country’, according to a statement in the countryside. Mastriano also pushed Trump’s version of the 2020 election results, and he and Ellis were subpoenaed by the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 uprising on the U.S. Capitol. — Jennifer Kay

Caught our attention

  • True the Vote has raised millions to fight voter fraud. Where did the money go ? (Revealnews.org)
  • Ginni Thomas has pressed 29 Arizona lawmakers to help reverse Trump’s defeat, emails show. (The Washington Post)
  • The Washington state attorney general has filed a lawsuit against an attorney for a “frivolous” voter fraud case. (Seattle Times)
  • How the landscape of the American home has changed. (Policy Center)

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