WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Redistricting Commission Unveils Map Suggestions

Play associated audio

The commission unveiled several maps that its chair, Dr. Bob Holsworth, believes strike the balance sought by voters and the governor. Holsworth says the House has two options:

"One that has the existing 12 majority-minority districts, but a second option that actually includes 13 majority-minority districts," he says.

Holsworth prefers the second, which enhances minority voting strength. For the Senate, Holsworth says the panel recommends the same two percent population deviation model adopted last week by Senators, with compromises.

"If you relax the population ratios of equal population to 2 percent or 3 percent, then it's very possible to draw district lines that respect political boundaries far better than the 2001 map," he says.

The political infighting has begun. The Senate Democrats' plan places four Republicans into two districts. House Republicans also create three Northern Virginia seats, but fold Minority Leader Ward Armstrong's seat into a GOP stronghold.


Breaking The Cranberry Mold: New Ways To Savor This Seasonal Berry

Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving tradition. But if you're ready for a fresh take on this staple, why not try cranberries in chutney or cake? America's Test Kitchen founder Chris Kimball offers ideas.
WAMU 88.5

Recipes Get A Makeover With GIFs, Science, And Emojis

On Food Wednesday, we explore the new ways recipes are being presented, with everything from GIFs to scientific method.

WAMU 88.5

International Military Action In Syria

French President Hollande meets with President Obama in Washington to seek additional U.S. support in the fight against ISIS in Syria, and NATO holds an emergency meeting over the downed Russian fighter jet: An update on international military strategy in Syria.


Used Rocket Is A New Breakthrough For Blue Origin's Space Plan

Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely – and vertically — in Texas.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.