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Wisconsin Democrats to reveal plans Thursday to overcome GOP majority


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin Democrats will hold a news conference Thursday to explain how they’ll try to overcome an apparent Republican advantage in the state’s elections for 2014.

Graeme Zielinski of the State Democratic Party says his group will work harder to win Assembly and Senate contests next time.

He said the party will spend a half-million dollars to hire political directors in the Eau Claire, La Crosse, and Fox Valley regions. And they’ll try to change what happened in November – when Democrats won the statewide votes for president and U.S. Senate, but Republicans won control of the Legislature after loading enough districts with their own voters through the redistricting process.

Zielinski called it gerrymandering. A panel of three federal judges said the GOP did meet the constitutional requirement for drawing districts with relatively equal populations – but the judges criticized the secrecy of the process, and said Republicans tried to hide the way the maps were drawn.

Most of it came out through a series of judicial orders – but Democrats and others are still having databases checked to see if anything else is under wraps.