Headline RoundupFebruary 20th, 2024

Wisconsin Governor Signs GOP-Approved Election Maps Into Law In Win For Democrats

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Wisconsin’s Democrat Governor Tony Evers signed new election maps into law on Monday that are expected to balance the state and benefit Democrats in upcoming elections.

The Details: The Republicans previously proposed maps that the governor vetoed. The new maps were submitted by Evers himself.

For Context: Republicans control the state’s legislature, but liberals control the state’s Supreme Court, which would have drawn the lines had the Republicans not approved the maps.

Key Quotes: Evers said in a statement, “Wisconsin is not a red state or a blue state — we’re a purple state, and I believe our maps should reflect that basic fact.” Republican Rep. Robin Vos, speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, said in a statement, “Today, Governor Evers signed the most Republican-leaning maps out of all the Democrat-gerrymandered maps being considered by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. We sent him those maps, not because they are fair, but because the people of Wisconsin deserve certainty in state government.”

How The Media Covered It: When Wisconsin’s governor signed the maps into law on Monday, the story was widely covered by the Left, but not much by the Right. AllSides did not find a Center-rated national source that covered the story, but The Hill (Center) bias republished the Associated Press’ (Lean Left bias) report. When Republicans approved the maps last week, however, some outlets from the Right and Center did cover the story. The Daily Caller (Right bias) mentioned the governor’s veto of the Republicans’ proposed maps, while the Washington Post (Lean Left bias) and Associated Press did not.

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