Monday, June 29, 2015

Too little too late

I don't doubt that an independent redistricting commission is constitutional.  I'm not sure it's the best way to deal with the gerrymandering problem, though. Certainly is not the most democratic way to handle it, anyway. Also.. horse is way way out of the barn.
Republicans employed an enormously successful strategy to take advantage of the 2010 census, first by winning state legislatures and then using that control to draw House districts to maximize their power. One measure of their success: In 2012, Republicans achieved a 33-seat majority in the House, even though GOP candidates as a group got 1.4 million fewer votes than their Democratic opponents.

Independent commissions such as Arizona's "may be the only meaningful check" left to states that want to foster more competitive elections, the Obama administration said.

1 comment:

Nolaresident said...

Anecdotally, I have a friend in Cali who said taking it away from the lege has worked well out there.