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February 23, 2006

Read Recently on a Local Forum

by Eric

I participate in a local forum for my city. We discuss local and national politics, sports, poker, TV shows, and much more. Sometimes the things I read are just amazing. Like this, for example, in a discussion of the recent redistricting ballot initiative in California.

…. the problem with the gerrymandered districts is there needs to be a consistent nationwide method. Why should Tom Delay get to gerrymander his state in favor of his party while California has fair districts? I believe the Republican + seat gain in the House in 2004 was exactly the same number of rigged seats in Texas.

I voted against redistricting in California until it’s fair in Texas and other redstates as well.

For those who don’t know, California so badly gerrymandered the political districts in the last go round that not one single state Legislature or Congressional seat has changed parties since. It was a deal worked out between the state Democratic leaders and the national Republican leaders that finally led the deal being brokered. The state Democrats wanted to ensure they would have enough seats in the Legislature to be able to push their agenda without significant worry about Republican opposition. The national Republicans wanted to ensure that they would not lose any Republican Congressional seats in 2002 and 2004. The deal was reached. The politicos chose their own voters. And the rest is history.

Not to mention completely ignoring the principles of Federalism, the person who wrote this misses the point that the Legislature of the state of California actively worked to frustrate the intent of the citizens of the state and guarantee their own personal power. The end result is that the state is run by a political machine that is completely isolated from the voters. And Karl Rove traded the state of California for a promise that he wouldn’t lose any Republican seats in the California Congressional delegation. This was as crucial to 2004 as the gerrymandering in Texas.

Ooooops.


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  1. Not that having Republican majorities in both houses plus the presidency had done much.

    Temporary tax cuts, BCRA, massive Medicare expansion, runaway spending…

    Aside from the war on terror what have they really done right?

    Comment by Stephen Macklin — February 24, 2006 @ 5:20 am
  2. I’m still aghast at the fact that Prop 77 got shot down here in California. Who on earth actually thought that wasn’t worth a try? No one. It was shot down because it was proposed by a Republican governor, plain and simple.

    Comment by Bret — February 24, 2006 @ 1:56 pm

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