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  • BREAKING: Judge Approves N.M. Congressional Redistricting Plan

    12/29/2011 7:11:16 PM PST · by CedarDave · 12 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 29, 2011 | AP
    A state district judge has adopted a redistricting plan that will establish slightly different boundaries for New Mexico’s three congressional districts. Judge James Hall issued his ruling Thursday afternoon. Hall is adopting a plan that makes the fewest changes to the existing districts. It has the support of Gov. Susana Martinez, other Republicans and a group of Democrats that include Rep. Brian Egolf of Santa Fe.
  • New testimony released on GOP redistricting

    12/28/2011 7:25:37 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Journal Sentinel On Line ^ | 12-28-11 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - An aide to a top lawmaker gave sworn testimony last week that new legislative maps approved this year were not meant to increase the Republican majority in the Legislature, but were nonetheless provided to the Republican National Committee in advance. The seemingly inconsistent testimony came in a deposition from Adam Foltz, an aide to Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horizon) charged with drawing the new maps for lawmakers. A copy of the deposition was filed with a federal three-judge panel late Tuesday. Every 10 years, states must draw new boundaries for legislative and congressional districts to account for population...
  • Maryland redistricting plan hit by blacks

    12/24/2011 11:23:29 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 22, 2011 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — Black voters and lawmakers said Thursday that a proposed state-level redistricting map provides too few majority-black districts and would lead to continued underrepresentation of minorities in the General Assembly. The testimony was given during a public hearing held by Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, and his appointed redistricting panel, which remapped Maryland’s 47 state Senate districts to account for population changes in the past decade. The panel submitted the map last week and touted the strides it would make toward improving minority representation by increasing the number of majority-black districts from 10 to 12 and increasing the number...
  • Urgent 'save Allen West' effort launched

    12/23/2011 6:55:37 AM PST · by T.O.K. · 23 replies ^ | December 23, 2012 | Michele Kirk
    Many Democrats are giddy about a recent proposal by Florida’s Republican leadership to drastically change the boundaries defining Congressional District 22, now represented by the high profile Republican Congressman, Allen West. But the decision has left some in the Republican Party scratching their heads. Broward Republican Executive Committee Vice Chairwoman Colleen Stolberg has sharply criticized the Reapportionment Committee proposal to change District 22 boundaries in a way that would jeopardize West’s chances for re-election.
  • Democrats secretly influenced redistricting plan

    12/22/2011 12:13:09 PM PST · by Hetty_Fauxvert · 7 replies
    The Press Democrat ^ | Dec. 22, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
    California's congressional Democrats ran a secret effort this year to manipulate the independent citizens panel that drew the state's new political districts, foiling the intent of those who sought to remove the redistricting process from the control of party bosses. Democrats met behind closed doors at the party's Washington headquarters, hired consultants, drew their ideal districts and presented maps to the panel through proxies who never disclosed their party ties or “public interest” groups created specifically for the purpose. In many cases, the panel responded by doing just what the Democrats wanted. The New York-based nonprofit investigative foundation ProPublica released...
  • California Democrats tried to manipulate congressional redistricting

    12/22/2011 9:14:37 AM PST · by UScbass · 13 replies
    The Times-Herald ^ | 12/21/2011 | Lisa Vorderbrueggen/MediaNews Group
    California's congressional Democrats ran a secret effort earlier this year to manipulate the work of the independent citizen's panel that drew the state's new political districts, foiling the intent of reformers who sought to remove the redistricting process from the control of party bosses. Democrats met behind closed doors at the party's Washington, D.C. headquarters, hired consultants, drew their ideal districts and presented maps to the panel through proxies who never disclosed their party ties or "public interest" groups created specifically for the purpose. In many cases, the panel responded by doing just what the Democrats wanted. The New York-based...
  • California Democrats secretly influenced drawing of new political district boundaries

    12/22/2011 5:18:57 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 13 replies ^ | 12/21/2011 | Lisa Vorderbrueggen
    California's congressional Democrats ran a secret effort this year to manipulate the work of the independent citizens panel that drew the state's new political districts, foiling the intent of reformers who sought to remove the redistricting process from the control of party bosses. Democrats met behind closed doors at the party's Washington, D.C., headquarters, hired consultants, drew their ideal districts and presented maps to the panel through proxies who never disclosed their party ties or "public interest" groups created specifically for the purpose. In many cases, the panel responded by doing just what the Democrats wanted. The New York-based nonprofit...
  • In Pennsylvania, the Gerrymander of the Decade?

    12/15/2011 8:32:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 14, 2011 | Sean Trende
    There have been a lot of good candidates for the "gerrymander of the decade" award this cycle. North Carolina, Illinois and Texas have all dreamed up district lines that have gone... --snip-- Republicans in Pennsylvania, however, took a state that is two or three points more Democratic than the country as a whole, and created 12 districts (out of 18) that are more Republican than the country as a whole. They did so by creating what can only be called a group of Rorschach-inkblot districts in southeastern Pennsylvania. The net result is a map that shores up their vulnerable incumbents,...
  • PA Dems complain about GOP gerrymandering, have their own very gerrymandered map.

    12/14/2011 1:30:23 PM PST · by paman12 · 6 replies
    Dems Release Their Own Congressional Map Democrats have strongly criticized the congressional map unveiled yesterday by Harrisburg Republicans. Well-grounded accusations of partisanship fill the air. So Senate Democrats have released their own version. The caucus will introduce the map below as an amendment to SB 1249 at some point Wednesday. Since Republicans have the Governor’s mansion and majorities in the Pa. House and Senate, it’s unlikely to go anywhere. But it’s interesting to look at.The full map is below. Bless them for including municipal breakdowns. It raises an interesting question: can Dems still complain about gerrymandering when their maps looks...
  • Pennsylvania redistricting Plan a Coup for GOP

    Republicans notched a major redistricting win on Tuesday with the unveiling of a Pennsylvania congressional map that deals a sharp blow to Democrats’ prospects in the state. The GOP-drawn plan, released by a state legislative redistricting panel, forces two Democrats into an incumbent vs. incumbent face-off for a southwestern Pennsylvania-based seat and shores up more than a half-dozen House Republicans.
  • Supreme Court intervenes in Texas redistricting case

    12/10/2011 12:28:14 PM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 3 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 9, 2011, 8:13 p.m. | David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
    Reporting from Washington— The Supreme Court granted an emergency appeal Friday night from Texas Republicans, putting on hold a redistricting map drawn by judges that would give Democrats a good chance to pick up at least three seats in the next Congress. In an unusual move, the justices announced they would schedule special arguments on Jan. 9 to decide whether Texas and other Southern states may proceed to hold elections under new redistricting plans that have not been approved under the Voting Rights Act.
  • GOP lawsuits might invalidate recall efforts

    12/02/2011 9:39:04 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 12-2-11 | Kirsten Adshead
    MADISON — Lori Compas said she is ahead of schedule in her campaign to recall Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. As of Monday morning, Compas said she and her fellow petitioners had collected 5,350 of the 16,742 signatures that would, if validated, help trigger a recall election for the Juneau Republican. But if Republicans win in the state legal system, Compas’ efforts largely may be moot. A group of Wisconsinites has filed two lawsuits, one with the state Supreme Court and one this week in Waukesha County, that seek to use newly redrawn legislative district maps for any recall efforts...
  • Barney Frank blames redistricting in decision to quit

    11/28/2011 2:57:10 PM PST · by Makana · 39 replies
    Boston Herald website ^ | Nov.28, 2011 | Dave Wedge, Hillary Chabot And Natalie Sherman
    A somewhat bitter U.S. Rep. Barney Frank said today he will not seek re-election in 2012 in a move he said was triggered by redistricting that left him with too many new constituents to serve as a “lame-duck” legislator. “There are too many constraints,” Frank said about his life as a politician and the energy it would take to meet new voters so late in his tenure. “People are skeptical about incumbents,” he added. “There was also this — I don’t like raising money.”
  • Push against redistricting maps moves forward

    11/25/2011 1:45:56 AM PST · by thecodont · 3 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | November 25, 2011 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
    Republican activists trying to overturn some new voting districts cleared a significant hurdle toward putting the issue on the ballot by turning in petitions bearing hundreds of thousands of signatures. [...] Secretary of State Debra Bowen has said that vetting all the signatures could take until mid-March, after the Feb. 23 deadline for some candidates to file for the June primary. The timing could mean that the maps drawn by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission would be used until voters could weigh in on the November ballot. The referendum would allow voters the final word on the Senate maps. Dave...
  • Georgia Redistricting

    11/21/2011 2:01:00 PM PST · by The Georgia Conservative · 5 replies ^ | September 7, 2011 | Cecil Staton
    In 2001, the Democratic Party in Georgia barely clung to power. The state, at that time, was moving ever closer toward a Republican majority. When the Democrats began the redistricting process, they knew the only way they could attempt to retain power was to gerrymander the districts in such a way that Republicans would have a difficult time getting elected to office. Well, it didn’t work. After weeks of work during a special session – a session where secret maps were drawn and unreleased until well into the process – the new districts looked outrageous. Lawsuits followed and the process...
  • Why your vote for Congress might not matter (RATS don't like redistricting - this time)

    11/20/2011 1:52:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/18/11 | James Polk
    Why your vote for Congress might not matterBy James Polk, CNN updated 10:19 AM EST, Fri November 18, 2011 **SNIP** Gerrymandering is the term for the way politicians draw boundary lines for legislative districts in a way designed to keep one party or the other in power in that particular district. In the last 10 years, 78% of the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives -- almost four out of every five members of Congress -- did not change party hands even once. In California, with 53 seats -- the most in the nation -- incumbents were kept so...
  • No Confidence in Our Judiciary

    11/18/2011 3:28:29 PM PST · by originalbuckeye · 10 replies
    11/18/11 | originalbuckeye
    1. There is no confidence in our judiciary when a Supreme Court Justice does not bother to recuse herself when she had direct involvement in the issue before the court.
  • Colorado Supreme Court strikes down new map of legislative districts (Dems Lose)

    11/16/2011 9:57:49 PM PST · by Red Steel · 5 replies
    kdvr ^ | 8:11 p.m. MST, November 15, 2011 | Eli Stokols
    DENVER -- That 2012 statehouse battle between Reps. Andy Kerr and Ken Summers, their two House districts drawn together by Colorado's Reapportionment Commission, is on hold. For now. On Tuesday, the Colorado Supreme Court rejected the new map of Colorado's House and Senate districts approved by the commission in September. Several state lawmakers saw their seats become a lot more competitive under the new map, drawn by Entravision CEO Mario Carerra, the unaffiliated chairman of -- and swing vote on -- the 11-member commission. Now, after a 4-2 vote by the state's highest court, the Commission will have to reconvene...
  • Gov. Jan Brewer, Arizona panel battle over redistricting

    11/07/2011 8:44:04 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 4 replies ^ | November 7, 2011 | Ashley Powers
    If you’re not a political junkie, the redistricting process can be about as thrilling as an afternoon of C-SPAN. Unless you're paying attention to Arizona. This year, the state's redistricting efforts are rife with personality clashes and political intrigue. In 2000, Arizona voters approved a ballot measure that made redistricting the responsibility of a panel comprised of two Democrats, two Republicans and an independent chair, which was supposed to tamp down the partisan warfare that retooling political boundaries invites. (This year, California’s political lines were drawn for the first time by a similar independent panel.) But Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission...
  • Redistricting sets up tussles for many seats in Congress

    11/07/2011 9:28:33 AM PST · by TBP · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 7, 2011 | Stephen Dinan and Sean Lengell
    The last time California redrew its congressional districts, Republicans and Democrats cut a deal to preserve all the incumbents, essentially erasing the country’s biggest electoral fishing ground from the map in 2002. But voters weren’t amused. In the intervening years, they established a citizens commission to redraw the lines. In the process, they declared open season on incumbents and set up what political analysts say could be a dozen races to watch next year.
  • Court is Next Stop for NC's Journey to Redraw Maps

    11/03/2011 1:57:10 AM PDT · by ComputerGuy · 13 replies
    Raleigh News and Observer ^ | 11/2/2011 | GARY D. ROBERTSON
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina's journey toward new political boundaries for the Legislature and Congress for the next decade is about to detour again into court. Civil rights, election reform and union groups are planning to file a lawsuit Friday challenging the recently approved boundaries in state court. The groups' moves come even after the U.S. Justice Department announced late Tuesday it wouldn't object, for now, to the maps based on a portion of the federal Voting Rights Act. North Carolina's redistricting maps are subject to prior approval by the Justice Department or federal courts because of past discrimination.
  • Moderate House Democrats a Vanishing Breed

    10/30/2011 8:56:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | October 30, 2011 | Salena Zito
    Two issues plague Democrats when it comes to congressmen representing swing districts: The moderates don’t get heard in Washington, and centrist districts are rapidly becoming extinct because of the way congressional lines are being drawn. Main Street America’s ability to be represented fully is diminishing, according to U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire of Southwestern Pennsylvania. “I have a district which is pretty evenly divided politically, so I hear from a variety of voices with their concerns,” the three-term Democrat said. He follows those concerns when voting, he insisted, rather than following the party line. That is not the case, he said,...
  • O’Malley signs congressional redistricting bill for Maryland [trying to redistrict GOP out of seat]

    10/21/2011 8:46:39 PM PDT · by freespirited · 15 replies
    Wapo ^ | 10/21/11
    Gov. Martin O’Malley has signed legislation outlining Maryland’s congressional redistricting map The Democratic governor signed the measure on Thursday, shortly after the state Senate took a final vote to correct about 24 typographical errors in the bill. The House of Delegates passed the bill on Wednesday. Maryland has eight seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The districts were being redrawn for the next 10 years in response to the 2010 census. Democrats who control the General Assembly say the map reflects population growth in the suburbs of the nation’s capital and along the Interstate corridor northwest of Washington. But...
  • Maryland House approves redistricting map

    10/20/2011 8:08:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2011 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland House of Delegates on Wednesday approved a new congressional map expected to give Democrats a better shot at winning one of state Republicans’ two congressional seats, clearing a final hurdle for Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley’s stamp of approval. The Senate overwhelmingly approved the map on Tuesday, just two days into the General Assembly’s special session, held to consider the map submitted by Mr. O'Malley. Critics said it would split districts and slight minority voters to take the Western Maryland district held since 1993 by GOPRep. Roscoe G. Bartlett. Senate lawmakers must return to Annapolis on Thursday...
  • A model redistricting plan from the Maryland GOP

    10/19/2011 7:03:06 AM PDT · by TBP · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 15 | The Washington Post
    Maryland is home to some of the most gerrymandered congressional districts in the country. But the decennial redistricting getting underway gives Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley and state leaders a chance to remake the partisan, unrepresentative districts created 10 years ago under Gov. Parris Glendening, another Democrat — districts that have harmed Democratic and unaffiliated voters as much as they have Republicans. And the good news is officials don’t have to spend much time reviewing voter rolls and computer data to achieve this good-government outcome. All they have to do is adopt the plan offered by Maryland Republicans. Yes, you read...
  • One single voice: winning the redistricting fight in Florida

    10/05/2011 1:21:34 PM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 9 replies ^ | October 5, 2011 | Henery Kelley
    Can one person in a State of 18 million citizens make a difference? The answer as it relates to redistricting has yet to be seen, but a clear answer is: to a lot of groups – complaining about a process instead of working within the process is a sure fire failure. Last year, I started looking into the decennial redistricting that goes on after every census, but particularly in my home state of Florida. The State Legislature is required to produce 3 maps – A complete US Congressional map, a Florida Senate map, and a Florida House map. Due to...
  • Thoughts on New York congressional redistricting

    09/16/2011 8:49:56 PM PDT · by nd76 · 7 replies
    Personal--Vanity | 08/17/2011 | ND76
    Idle thoughts on New York redistricting: If redistricting were fair and geared toward respecting county boundaries and communities of interest as much as possible, here is what would happen. The 2010 census reported that 19,378,102 people live within New York State. This means that 14 districts of 717,707 and 13 districts of 717,708 people must be created (27 into 19,378,102 equals 717,707.48). New York numbers its districts from east to west. Districts 1-4 would consist of all of Suffolk, all of Nassau and 37,948 residents of Queens. This leaves 2,192,774 residents of Queens, 2,153,122 of whom would be divided into...
  • Ohio Redistricting Map Released

    09/13/2011 12:03:52 PM PDT · by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief · 22 replies
    Red State ^ | Tuesday, September 13th | Moe Lane
    (Via The Campaign Spot) And… it’s subtle. Executive summary: Ohio loses two districts, overall. Republicans Steve Austria and Mike Turner end up competing with each other in the same district. Democrats Marcy Kaptur & Dennis Kuchinich, ditto. Democrat Nancy Sutton loses her district and gets thrown into a district that heavily favors her new Republican opponent Jim Renacci – and she doesn’t get to bring her power base with her. Or she could compete with Democrat Tim Ryan in yet another district. Columbus (Democratic stronghold) metropolitan area gets a shiny-new, presumably Democratic-leading, district. Everybody else more or less stands pat,...
  • Five most vulnerable Dems in redistricting (Carnahan, Shuler, Critz, Peters, Kissell, others)

    08/20/2011 1:39:41 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/20/11 | Cameron Joseph
    Five most vulnerable Dems in redistrictingBy Cameron Joseph - 08/20/11 07:30 AM ET Congress’s lines are being redrawn, putting some longtime incumbents in a tough spot heading into next year’s election. Due to population shifts and partisan interests, some congressional districts are undergoing extreme makeovers, forcing their representatives to run in unfamiliar and sometimes inhospitable territory. Here are the five most vulnerable Democratic incumbents. #5: Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) Missouri is losing a congressional district, and Republicans in control of the Missouri statehouse overrode Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto to axe Carnahan’s suburban St. Louis district. He still plans to...
  • With special session underway, will the General Assembly carve up Northwest Georgia?

    08/15/2011 7:13:07 PM PDT · by GrootheWanderer · 2 replies
    The (Dalton) Daily Citizen ^ | Aug. 15, 2011 | Charles Oliver
    The Dalton City Council has asked the General Assembly to create a Northwest Georgia congressional district. So has the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners, as have the county commissioners in Walker, Gilmer and Gordon counties, among other places. Now, they all are waiting to see if the General Assembly listens to them. The Legislature meets today in special session to begin the process of drawing new district maps, not just for congressional districts but for state House of Representatives and state Senate seats as well. The maps have to be redrawn to take into account the latest population numbers from...
  • Referendum proposed to overturn (CA) redistricting plan

    08/15/2011 5:21:36 PM PDT · by randita · 15 replies
    LA Times ^ | 8/15/11 | Patrick McGreevy and Rich Simon
    A group of Republican leaders said Monday that the new redistricting plan will be challenged by a referendum drive. "A referendum will be filed with respect to the Senate lines and possibly the congressional lines," said California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro. "The California Republican Party will wholeheartedly support those efforts when they come about." He said the redistricting commission's actions "have been unfair if not unconstitutional." GOP lawmakers and activists have formed a committee called Fairness & Accountability in Redistricting to launch a petition drive to overturn the state Senate lines, according to Republican political consultant Dave Gilliard.
  • CALIFORNIA: New political boundaries released

    08/15/2011 3:12:41 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/15/11 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer
    For the first time in state history, an independent group of citizens has redrawn California's political districts, approving a set of maps this morning that are expected to help Democrats garner more power in the solidly blue state. The 14-member Citizens Redistricting Commission approved new district boundaries for the state Assembly, Senate and Board of Equalization on a 13-1 vote, with one Republican - Michael Ward of Anaheim - opposing the lines. Another Republican member, Jodie Filkins Webber of Norco, joined Weber to vote against the Congressional boundaries. In a written statement, Weber charged that the commission broke the law...
  • Galveston County leadership taking steps to reduce the size of government

    08/03/2011 1:29:30 PM PDT · by Todd Kinsey · 4 replies
    Galveston, TX - A standing room only crowd overflowed the Galveston County Commissioners Court on Tuesday. Normally it’s easy to get a seat to watch the proceedings, however, the unveiling of the proposed countywide redistricting maps was on the agenda so Judge Mark Henry was treated to a packed house. As you might expect emotions were high with such a hot button issue on the schedule. Joe Nixon and Trey Trainor, attorneys from Beirne, Maynard and Parsons, presented the maps with the underlying demographics behind them and then commissioners began asking questions. Commissioner Holmes led the charge asking a number...
  • New Calif. political maps to favor Democrats

    07/29/2011 10:38:06 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 29, 2011 | JUDY LIN
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The citizens commission established by voters to create an independent process for drawing California's legislative and congressional districts has delivered on its first set of maps, voting to adopt new boundaries that appear to increase the reach of majority Democrats. The 14-member California Citizens Redistricting Commission voted Friday on final draft versions of district maps for Congress, the state Legislature and the state Board of Equalization, which administers sales and use taxes.
  • Crossing a Line and Overreaching (possible Boehner treachery against Jim Jordan)

    UPDATED: Speaker Boehner has come out forcefully and denied that he is a part of or approves of redistricting Jim Jordan out of office. —————— Yesterday, House Republicans went to war against the conservative Republican Study Committee and its staffers who’ve been doing the Lord’s work against the Boehner plan. Some of those attacks helped energize and militarize some of the conservative leaders who had not been fully engaged against Boehner’s plan. Consider this complete overreach by John Boehner and possibly the beginning of the end of his Speakership. Allegedly, Boehner has explicitly blessed this plan. The plan is to...
  • Will California remap give Democrats two-thirds majorities

    07/19/2011 9:09:51 AM PDT · by SmithL · 38 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/19/11 | Dan Walters
    Gov. Jerry Brown and his fellow Democrats in the Legislature were frustrated this year in seeking a few Republican votes to close the state's budget deficit by asking voters to approve billions of dollars in tax extensions. Support from at least two Republicans in both legislative houses was needed for the two-thirds majorities required to pass the special election constitutional amendment that Brown and Democrats sought. As the months-long talks collapsed, the Democrats said they'd try to pick up enough seats in the 2012 elections to secure two-thirds margins, thereby cutting the GOP out of future tax issues. And the...
  • Redistricting and the 'communities of interest' (How about "gayborhoods",armenians&black farmers?)

    07/16/2011 10:29:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies ^ | 7/16/11 | Paul Saffo
    Do you live in a "gayborhood"? Are you part of an Armenian sub-community or do you reside among black farmers and agriculturists? These and myriad other questions that most of us have never thought to ask will be answered Aug. 15, the day the Citizen's Redistricting Commission is scheduled to release its final maps. .. Among the criteria that the commission must consider when drawing its boundaries is "community of interest," a concept so vague as to remind one of Justice Potter Stewart's famous definition of pornography - "I know it when I see it." Knowing a community when one...
  • California members of Congress worried about coming district maps

    07/16/2011 10:25:37 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 7/16/11 | Michael Doyle
    WASHINGTON – Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, confronts one of the most delicate choices of any California congressional incumbent. Like others in California's 53-member House delegation, McNerney anxiously awaits new congressional district maps. His potential dilemma, though, is particularly difficult. That's because the future congressional seat that may make the most political sense for McNerney spans the East Bay region currently held by fellow Democrat Pete Stark, who at 79 is California's most senior member of Congress. Some poignant decisions might soon be forced, among party leaders as well as rank-and-file members. "It's hard," McNerney said Friday, but "until I have...
  • CA: Redistricting commission losing its way?

    07/16/2011 10:19:29 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | 7/16/11 | Union-Tribune Editorial Board
    Republicans’ increasing complaints that the commission appointed to oversee the redrawing of borders for state legislative and congressional seats has gone partisan are “absolutely not true,” according to Gil Ontai, a San Diego architect who is on the panel. In an interview with a U-T editorial writer, he cited a lack of appreciation of the “complexity of this process.” We have no reason to question Ontai’s honesty or sincerity. Nevertheless, some of the criticism aimed at the commission seems valid. Plans to release a second draft of proposed borders this week were scrapped. Instead, interested parties can go online to...
  • Gabino Aguirre’s Secret Political Past (CA redistricting commissioner is MEChA, LaRaza partisan!)

    07/15/2011 3:30:13 PM PDT · by americanophile · 5 replies
    Cal Watchdog ^ | July 15, 2011 | JOHN HRABE
    The California Citizens Redistricting Commission, the 14-member independent panel of average citizens, was created to end partisan gerrymandering and draw political boundaries in an open process, without the influence of special interests. An investigation by reveals that at least one commissioner, Dr. Gabino T. Aguirre, has made multiple political campaign contributions to Democratic candidates — contributions that were previously undisclosed to the Commission; a long history of political activism in support of Latino causes; and an extensive web of connections to a special interest group that has submitted its own redistricting proposals to the commission. A spokesman for the...
  • Congratulations Speaker Perez – But Watch Out For That Referendum

    07/14/2011 2:42:30 PM PDT · by americanophile · 2 replies
    Fox & Hounds Daily ^ | July 13th, 2011 | Tony Quinn
    Congratulations are in order to Assembly Speaker John Perez. The Redistricting Commission has now delivered the 54th seat necessary for Speaker Perez to achieve two-thirds Democratic rule in the Assembly, (an accomplishment the Democrats never achieved on their own). With a two-thirds vote, Perez and his friends can pass tax increases to their heart’s delight. They need not spend money trying to elect more Democratic members; the Redistricting Commission has done it for them. It is all a matter of having friends in high places. Their friends are not just the 14 commissioners, who feign ignorance of the partisan seats...
  • The Redistricting Commission – Worse Than I Could Possibly Imagine

    07/14/2011 2:22:00 PM PDT · by americanophile · 19 replies
    The Flash Report ^ | July 14, 2011 | Tom Del Beccaro, Chairman, California Republican Party
    The ideal of a citizens’ commission is good. We should not have politicians picking their voters. Voters should pick their politicians and perhaps the districts lines in which they run. But ideals often prove impractical. In the case of the Citizens Redistricting Commission, impractical would be an upgrade. When I testified in front of the Commission in March of this year, I warned them of the voters’ cynicism – the sense of many that their vote doesn't count because district lines are rigged and the system, i.e. gerrymandering, is unfair. I asked them not to hire a line-drawing firm that...
  • Dems Claim Redistricting Tramples Fair Elections (Crybabies in Wisconsin)

    07/13/2011 7:26:31 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 28 replies
    Wisconsin Radio Network ^ | July 13, 2011 | Brian Moon
    Former House member Dave Obey is among Democrats accusing Republicans of gerrymandering while redistricting Congressional and state legislative districts. At a morning press conference, Obey said each Congressional District is supposed to be about 710,873 people under the census. He said a “small adjustment” could be made to be in compliance but the GOP plan “unnecessarily disrupts” hundreds of thousands of additional residents. State Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller said people in Kenosha County – except city of Kenosha residents – would be disenfranchised. He claimed county residents have not cast a ballot for a state Senate race since 2008...
  • Republicans Try to Even the Score with New North Carolina Lines

    07/01/2011 11:06:50 AM PDT · by randita · 29 replies
    Rothenberg Political Report ^ | 7/1/11 | Stuart Rothenberg
    Republicans Try to Even the Score with New North Carolina Lines Stuart Rothenberg July 1, 2011 · 12:20 PM EDT National Republican strategists, still smarting from creative Democratic map-making in Illinois, finally have a reason to smile. North Carolina Republicans have a new Congressional map that is likely to cost Democrats at least three seats and quite possibly four in 2012. Republican insiders are particularly proud that the new map isn’t radically different from the current one (for example, all incumbents still live in their districts), and they note that relatively small changes have produced a map that should elect...
  • California redistricting could imperil GOP House seats

    06/28/2011 8:31:40 AM PDT · by SmithL · 32 replies
    AP via CoCo Times ^ | 6/28/11 | KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- Democrats hoping to regain the majority in the House in 2012 might get a strong head start in California, where voters have handed the authority for drawing political boundaries to an independent citizens' commission. Analysts studying the panel's work are predicting that three to five seats now in Republican hands will move into the Democratic camp in next year's general election. Such a swing could give Democrats an edge toward the magic number 24 -- the number of GOP-held seats they'll need to win if they are to regain the House majority. Republicans account for roughly 31 percent...
  • Hundreds turn out to save the 6th District (MA gerrymander)

    06/21/2011 4:59:45 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 10 replies
    Salem (MA) News ^ | 6/21/11 | Matthew Roy
    Leaders and citizens make cases before redistricting committee LYNN — Hundreds of people last night filled the Lynn City Hall auditorium in support of saving the 6th Congressional District. An array of speakers, from elected officials, community and business leaders to concerned citizens, argued before state lawmakers on the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting that the district was growing, geographically coherent, and made up of communities that have a shared history and work well together. It has been around for more than 150 years, and Democratic Congressman John Tierney said its "core" should be preserved and expanded. "The core of...
  • Let’s Talk About Redistricting

    06/19/2011 6:06:47 PM PDT · by randita · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/19/11 | Micah Cohen
    Let’s Talk About Redistricting By MICAH COHEN The following is an edited transcript of an interview with David Wasserman, the House Editor of The Cook Political Report. Mr. Wasserman is Cook’s resident redistricting expert and the author of “Better Know a District,” the The Cook Political Report’s 2012 redistricting outlook. (Readers might also want to check out Cook’s redistricting scorecard for background). We will post the conversation in two parts, this being Part 1, which focuses on the more general aspects of redistricting. Part 2 will focus on more granular details at the state and local level. The interview was...
  • Redistricting’s Bottom Line Might Surprise You (Rats to gain a few seats)

    06/19/2011 11:05:49 AM PDT · by arista · 14 replies
    The Rothenberg Political Report ^ | 6/15/11 | Stuart Rothenberg
    Six months ago, before redistricting had even begun, Republicans were optimistic they would gain additional seats, or, as former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie put it, that they would “gain or protect” 15 to 25 seats. Not surprisingly, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) disagreed, arguing the process wouldn’t be the “disaster” for his party that some thought it would be (though he never said exactly who had predicted that). In January, I estimated in this space that redistricting would be close to a wash, with neither party making major gains, but with Republicans solidifying many of...
  • Redistricting could mean trouble for Michigan Dems

    06/19/2011 7:18:09 AM PDT · by freespirited · 7 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 06/18/11 | Alec Jacobs
      Elections have consequences. Especially in a redistricting year. And Michigan Democrats are learning that the hard way.The Republican Party of Michigan has proposed how it would like to see the redistricting process go, Roll Call reports. And unsurprisingly, the party has done what it can to keep as many of Michigan’s seats in the House of Representatives safely in Republican hands.Due to population loss in the last decade, Michigan will be stripped of a House seat, and Republicans have re-shaped the state’s districts in a way that two districts represented by Democrats will become one. This sets the stage...
  • Redistricting maps roll out

    06/18/2011 7:35:18 AM PDT · by BelegStrongbow · 19 replies
    WRAL-TV ^ | 6/17/2011 | Laura Leslie
    The maps released this afternoon show “VRA” or “Voting Rights Act” districts – state House and Senate districts designed to have at least “50% plus one” minority population. VRAs are required by a 1965 federal statute aimed at guaranteeing legislative representation for minorities.