June 17, 2011

CA's Map Could Lead U.S. Out of Political Gridlock

Bloomberg, Bloomberg

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Republicans are angry. Democrats are running for cover. And the executive director of a group that represents Latino officials of both parties has called it a "worst-case scenario." It seems the California Citizens Redistricting Commission has hit a nerve.

The commission is the product of two state ballot initiatives that took redistricting power away from state legislators and vested it in 14 unelected Democrats, Republicans and independents. Last week, the group released its draft map of California's new state and congressional legislative districts, daring to produce cohesive geographic lines and "communities of interest" in lieu of meandering boundaries and safe seats for incumbents.

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