As we reported in last week’s issue, Princeton professor and political poll aggregator Sam Wang had to eat some bugs last week to fulfill a lost bet he made on the presidential election. But, as is noted in an election post-mortem story that begins on page 4 of this issue, Wang is also hard at work trying to figure out how to improve his statistical analysis — and how to use statistics to prove the hand of illegal gerrymandering in the apportioning of congressional seats.

Wang took note of some progress in the gerrymandering issue on November 21, when a panel of federal judges ruled that Wisconsin’s 2011 legislative redistricting plan is an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.

Federal appeals court judge Kenneth Ripple wrote that the redistricting “was intended to burden the representational rights of Democratic voters throughout the decennial period by impeding their ability to translate their votes into legislative seats . . . We find that the discriminatory effect is not explained by the political geography of Wisconsin nor is it justified by a legitimate state interest.”

One of Wang’s goals at the Princeton Election Consortium involves establishing an objective statistical test that judges could use to determine if district boundaries have been drawn unfairly.

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On November 10, Dress for Success Mercer County held its annual Cocktails for a Cause event at Greenacres Country Club. This year’s theme, Designing the Future, celebrated the women who have had the courage and determination to take steps to make a better life for themselves and their families. At Dress for Success it all begins with a suit, but we are so much more. We are support, we are encouragement, and we are an opportunity for women to learn, grow, and design a better future.

Since 2007 more than 4,000 women have been through our programs. This year we will have served more than 1,000 women.

At DFSMC, we understand the challenges faced by low-income, underserved, and underrepresented women seeking to break the cycle of poverty. Through our personalized career development programs, we support women through every stage of their professional development, starting with their job search and leading to sustained employment. We are the only community program that responds to the career development needs of this vulnerable population.

Our Cocktails for a Cause event was an incredible success and I congratulate this year’s honorees: Jianping Wang, president of Mercer Community College, PNC Bank, and Hamilton Jewelers.

The services we provide would not be possible without the generous support of the community. A tremendous thanks to our sponsors, guests, event committee, and all of the individuals and businesses that contributed auction prizes.

Melissa Tenzer

Executive Director

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