WILL’s Rick Esenberg explains why redistricting case is appealed to U.S. Supreme Court docket | WUWM 89.7 FM

Republicans have filed their attraction with the U.S. Supreme Court docket , asking the justices to shortly block a Wisconsin Supreme Court docket ruling final week that accepted redistricting maps submitted by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. The GOP has additionally requested the state courtroom to place its choice on maintain whereas ready for a call from the U.S. courtroom.

A lawyer for Republican state lawmakers declined to be interviewed about Monday’s filings. However the president of the conservative Milwaukee legislation agency Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty agreed to speak. Rick Esenberg has joined the attraction, representing a small group of voters against the governor’s maps.

Esenberg says the maps violate the 14th Modification to the Structure as a result of Evers altered a half dozen Milwaukee state Meeting districts to create a seventh one with a majority of Black voters.

“One of many issues the 14th Modification is designed to make sure is the federal government not make selections based mostly upon race, besides in probably the most excessive circumstances. And right here, district traces had been drawn within the Milwaukee space on the premise of race with out an sufficient justification,” Esenberg tells WUWM.

Final week, the state Supreme Court docket dominated that the Evers maps meant the least quantity of change for voters this summer time and fall. Proposed Republican maps would scale back the variety of majority Black or Latino districts in Milwaukee, and sure statewide, give the GOP the possibility to choose up sufficient seats to not solely preserve their present legislative majorities however maybe achieve sufficient seats to have the ability to override gubernatorial vetoes.

Esenberg says he hopes the U.S. Supreme Court docket acts shortly on the Republicans request as a result of candidates have to file nomination papers quickly.

“There may be a while left, however not quite a lot of time left. So, it might be the U.S. Supreme Court docket will see if the Wisconsin Supreme Court docket stays its order. However I do not suppose it will possibly wait very lengthy, and I do not suppose it would,” he says.

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Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers speaks Monday in Madison.

Evers defended the Democrats maps Monday at a Madison information convention carried on WisconsinEye.

“The actual fact of the matter is it handed 4 to three within the Wisconsin Supreme Court docket. There was not politics concerned. We’re simply attempting to ensure that votes rely on this state. That is a method we’re in a position to do this,” Evers advised reporters.

The state justices have given opponents of placing final week’s choice on maintain till noon Wednesday to answer the GOP’s movement. The courtroom wrote, “Requests for extra briefing or extensions shall be seen with disfavor.”

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