By MARTI MIKKELSON
A series of virtual public hearings across Wisconsin kicked off Thursday night to begin the process of redrawing the state’s political boundaries for the next decade.
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers established the People’s Maps Commission earlier this year. The bipartisan group consists of one representative from each of Wisconsin’s eight congressional districts. Thursday night’s meeting focused on the 8th district, which covers northeastern Wisconsin.
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder testified at the hearing. He’s now chair of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. Holder says there is a more equitable way to draw Wisconsin’s political maps and criticized the current method of tasking the party in control of the state Legislature with the job. In 2011, it fell to the GOP.