Skip to comments.Shocker! Dirty politics played role in redistricting maps
Posted on 12/29/2011 8:19:14 PM PST by SmithL
A recent exposé that shows how Democratic Party operatives manipulated the California Citizens Redistricting Commission must have the politicians and their henchmen chortling in Sacramento and in Washington.
The report by ProPublica, a non-profit New York-based news operation, proves conclusively that one of the two major parties used less-than-honest means to influence a public hearing process that determined how congressional district lines were drawn in California.
What a shock!
The key nugget on which the ProPublica story relies is a clutch of emails obtained from a congressional aide who convened a meeting in Washington last spring to discuss how to influence the new nonpartisan redistricting process that state voters had approved.
"Never say anything AT ALL about redistricting, " the emails ProPublica obtained from the aide warn. "Anything can come back to haunt us."
So, what grand plan did Democrats concoct to insert themselves improperly into the redistricting process?
They recruited party allies, labor leaders, voters, community organizers and local elected officials. Some of them then created phony grass-roots groups who then represented themselves as "communities of interest." Their suggested maps, as presented to the commission, just happened to mirror the interests of the Democratic Party.
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Republicans can whine all they want, and they will have their day in court challenging the commission's state Senate maps.
But all their harping about the ProPublica findings makes them sound like sore losers in a redistricting board game they helped create, but can't seem to master.
(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...
Not to worry. The best and brightest Bee brains will always find an excuse.. like 9/11 was partly our fault because we don't try to understand the rest of the world; or, the audience of parents at a local university that booed the Bee publisher off the stage did so because the parents are all stupid.
Effin’ McClatchy rag. We got ours up here in Los Anchorage.