Tag Archives: Citizens Redistricting Commission

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 »


710,924 Signatures for Overturning Senate Map. And Yet...

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The sole challenge to the work of California’s citizen redistricting panel appears to have crossed a significant milestone over the weekend, but still faces some tough odds to actually blocking the use of the panel’s work in 2012. Starting last … Continue reading »


Redistricting Lawsuits Rejected

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The odds of survival for the state’s first ever independently drawn political maps grew dramatically this afternoon, as the California Supreme Court summarily rejected legal challenges to the new districts for the state Senate and Congress. The state’s high Court … 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 »


5 Questions I Wasn't Supposed to Think About on Vacation

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There’s a sort of unwritten, and yet often violated rule, when my family goes on vacation: don’t keep checking your smartphone. I didn’t break it too often while visiting my waterlogged family on the coast of North Carolina this past … Continue reading »


A Hefty Redistricting Referendum

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When the petition to overturn the new state Senate maps hits the streets this weekend, it’s going to be not a page, but a packet. Signature gatherers are being required to tote along not just a page for voter signatures, … Continue reading »


Redistricting Maps Official. Soon, Officially Challenged.

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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 … Continue reading »


For Some, Redistricting is Splitsville

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Even with testimony from the public and formal guidelines written into law, California’s first-ever citizens redistricting effort has found no easy answers to the question, “What is a community?” And so, in the statewide maps being certified Monday morning, some … Continue reading »