The Frenzy Over ProPublica's Redistricting Report

December 21, 2011 · Filed Under CA Politics · 13 Comments 

Did Democrats unduly influence the drawing of California's new 9th congressional district? (Photo: CRC Map)

It should come as little surprise that California's political class is all abuzz over a new and lengthy report on the state's first ever independent redistricting process, one that describes in great detail private machinations apparently employed to help influence the final placement of district lines.

But the reaction has been so predictably partisan -- Republicans calling for a formal investigation, Democrats attacking the report as overblown hype -- that it's hard to discern the substantive jabs from the superficial spin.
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Redistricting Maps Official. Soon, Officially Challenged.

August 15, 2011 · Filed Under Ballot Measures, CA Politics, Elections · 2 Comments 

KQED/John Myers

You'd be hard pressed to describe the mood of most members of California's first-ever independent redistricting effort as anything other than relieved -- relieved that a very long and complex process has come to its official end with certification of 177 newly created political districts.

But their relief didn't come without a very public airing of some internal commission disagreements, ones which we may hear more about as critics of the maps mount formal challenges in the coming weeks.
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Redistricting: The Line Dancing Ends

July 29, 2011 · Filed Under CA Politics, Elections · 3 Comments 

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There are two, and only two, options left at this point for the political districts in which Californians will reside for the next decade: the current maps from the state's citizens redistricting panel or as-yet-to-exist maps drawn by judges.

And that second option -- judicial intervention -- only will happen if opponents prevail in court, the voters step in, or a subset of the 14 commissioners change their vote on August 15.
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Redistricting's Final, Controversial, Push

KQED/John Myers

As California's bold experiment with independent redistricting enters the homestretch, it's clear that drawing political boundaries is neither simple nor without controversy.

And for the 14 men and women picked to do the work, the questions will soon be: can it be done unanimously? And can the work product pass legal muster?
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Orphans, Fingers, and Curls. Oh My.

June 7, 2011 · Filed Under CA Politics, Elections · 9 Comments 

KQED/John Myers

For those who haven't been closely following the months long deliberations of California's first independently drawn political maps, and who will only tune in when the draft maps are released this Friday, prepare to be disappointed. Maybe only a little bit. Maybe a lot.

That's because, try as they might, the 14 men and women picked to oversee the redistricting process can't please everyone.
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Redistricting Win, Lose, or Draw

More competition. More moderate politicians. Less sleazy deal making. More good stuff. Less bad stuff.

Like so many electoral efforts, the two campaigns waged in favor of independent redistricting promised a lot of fixes to California voters tired of dysfunctional governance. Soon... very soon, in fact... the voters are going to get their first look at what they bought.
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Redistricting Panel: Glamorous, It Ain't

KQED/John Myers

When an attorney suggested this morning that the men and women who will draw California's political maps could benefit from snuggling up some weekend with a copy of the state's open meetings law, you could feel the reality set in.

California's newly chosen citizen redistricting experts have got quite a task on their hands, one that officially began today.
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