Tag Archives: Citizens Redistricting Commission

Notebook: Vacant Seats, Smaller Donations?

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The dog days of summer, especially in this unusual year where the Legislature finished its work on deadline and then adjourned for a month, leave a lot of time for contemplation. Hence, a Reporter’s Notebook entry that could be called … Continue reading »


Competition, Communities Dominate Redistricting Reactions

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Perhaps Angelo Ancheta, a member of California’s Citizens Redistricting Commission, didn’t know he was invoking the memory of one of the state’s legendary politicians last week as the panel finished its work — a politician who took great pride as … 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 »


Podcast: Sue Me Summer

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Now that the budget is wrapped and the Legislature has gone on summer vacation, things are all said and done in Sacramento, right? Not so fast. This week’s Capital Notes Podcast examines the soon-to-come battles over the budget and its … 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 »


Notebook: Taxes, Maps, Parallel Universes

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If there’s one sure way to get a reporter’s attention, it’s to amend a contentious piece of legislation with so many new proposals as to make it a symbolic rallying cry… and… a candidate for political squeeze play of the … Continue reading »


Round 1 of Political Mapping Complete

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California’s much anticipated transition to new and independently drawn political boundaries has cleared a big hurdle, with the citizens commission created by voters in 2008 releasing draft legislative and congressional maps. And now, some irony. Perhaps the single biggest desire … 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 »