Lawmakers in Pennsylvania have until Feb. 15 to redraw their district maps ahead of the 2018 primary elections. Currently, Republicans hold two-thirds of the congressional seats, which critics say is the result of partisan gerrymandering – when lawmakers draw district lines give their party an advantage at the ballot box. This is not unique to Pennsylvania. Just this year, the Supreme Court has heard gerrymandering cases in Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Maryland, and state courts across the country are handling similar litigation. But some state governments, like Iowa, are pushing back by taking redistricting out of partisan hands. Soledad O’Brien speaks with Iowa-based David Yepsen, a veteran political journalist, about why non-partisan redistricting works in Iowa, if it can be replicated across the country, and how gerrymandering stifles moderate politics.

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