When Hogan at his press conference introduced retired judge Alexander Williams Jr. as co-chair of the Governor’s Maryland Citizen Redistricting Commission, I recalled something Williams said at a three-judge panel hearing of the Maryland redistricting case of Fletcher v. Lamone, which challenged the state’s new congressional district lines, in December 2011. His remarks concerned a concept in political line drawing known as “communities of interest.” “The first thing they tell you up there is to hate the Redskins,” Williams said in a Greenbelt courtroom. “This is Redskins country.” He pointed out that the plaintiffs’ alternate proposal would have created a congressional district spanning from Baltimore southwest to Charles County. He seemed incredulous that Baltimore Ravens fans and fans of the Washington football team could live in the same congressional district!
How ‘Communities of Interest’ May Factor in Md. Congressional Redistricting
February 12, 2021