Tag Archives: 2010 Proposition 20

Supremes Won't Block Redistricting Maps

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If the state Senate districts drawn by California’s new citizens redistricting panel are going to be erased and redrawn this decade, it will only happen if a referendum qualifies for the November ballot and voters agree. That’s because the final … Continue reading »


The Supreme Question: Which Senate Districts for 2012?

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SAN FRANCISCO — Set aside the lengthy and complicated legal and constitutional points made Tuesday morning in oral arguments in front of the California Supreme Court and you come down to one basic question: will the maps of state Senate … Continue reading »


The Frenzy Over ProPublica's Redistricting Report

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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 … Continue reading »


Redistricting Referendum Timeline Tight... or Impossible?

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California’s top elections official belives there won’t be enough time for a court-appointed panel — if one is chosen — to redraw the state’s political maps for the 2012 elections. That’s the gist of a legal filing by Secretary of … Continue reading »


Redistricting: The Line Dancing Ends

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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 … Continue reading »


Redistricting's Final, Controversial, Push

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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 … Continue reading »


Orphans, Fingers, and Curls. Oh My.

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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 … Continue reading »


Redistricting Win, Lose, or Draw

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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 … Continue reading »


Redistricting Panel: Glamorous, It Ain't

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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. … Continue reading »


November Props Pros & Cons

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Unusual alliances… pointed and sometimes personal arguments… and independent analysis — all can be found in the newly released draft documents for this November statewide ballot guide.