One of the more improbable (and encouraging) developments in President Trump’s America has been the rise of public interest in the arcane art of gerrymandering. The term gerrymandering — denoting efforts to draw political maps in a way that strongly benefits one faction or party — dates back nearly to the dawn of the republic.  Patrick Henry was one of the earliest practitioners of this dark art.  What changed recently is that new mapping software and the rise of Big Data now enable political operatives to engage in laser surgery that produces jagged, grotesque districts sorting voters with diabolical precision. To read the full story, click here