March 7, 2007


Redistricting and Blade Running (David Mark, March 7, 2007, Politico)

In a move aimed at cementing House Democrats' newly minted majority, California politicians are walking a tightrope on the volatile topic of redistricting. Under pressure from Washington, they are trying to keep their power to draw congressional district lines, while appearing to support good-government efforts to move redistricting out of politics.

California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, a Democrat, told The Politico last week that he would support and campaign for a proposed February ballot measure to hand the drawing of state Assembly and state Senate boundaries to an independent commission.

But at the behest of House Democrats, who know how vital California is to maintaining their new congressional power, Nuñez also said he would not support the measure if it deprives state lawmakers of their ability to remap congressional districts.

"I'm committed to changing the way we draw our boundaries," Nuñez said. But for members of Congress, "giving up power is a tough thing to do."

No, it's an irresponsible thing to do.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 7, 2007 8:50 PM
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