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Blake featured in Politico Article about Redistricting

Blake News, Quote

In all of North Carolina, and especially in Asheville, the redistricting and gerrymandering news has been coming faster and thicker lately. I’ve mixed more and more redistricting-related analysis into my work since 2016, and am really enjoying the challenge.

A writer for Politico, Jeremy Markovich, caught wind of my map-crunching, and we spoke several times as he prepared his piece unpacking the reasons why a local congressional district boundary was drawn precisely the way it was.

I appreciate that he chose to include the following sentence, which it seems appropriate to include here:

Things made sense after I called a guy named Blake Esselstyn.

The piece mostly gets the analysis right, in my view, although I do have a quibble with the sub-title that his editors (I assume) chose. But I’ll go into that in more detail on the other site where I’ve been blogging about redistricting and gerrymandering, districks.com.