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  •  Interesting thoughts (1+ / 0-)
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    1. As far as I know, federal redistricting rules trump state code on congressional redistricting, and the federal government has found that most uses of water contiguity are permissible.

    2. That's certainly possible. I was striving for "least change", particularly in central Washington, but I can see how that Cascade crossing would be more feasible than the other.

    As to your last point, that may be so, but there's no way to quantify that; the diary is mostly looking at what would happen in redistricting if those counties were to attach themselves to Oregon, say, tomorrow. Good thought, though.

    Democrat, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

    by SaoMagnifico on Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 08:00:03 AM PST

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    •  I'm pretty sure (1+ / 0-)
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      1. that like other laws, redistricting plans can be challenged in state court, but it can also be challenged in federal court as well. The only limitation is that if a person were to challenge a redistricting plan on a contiguity basis, they would almost certainly do so in state court, under the more stringent state standard, and that the decision would not be reviewable by federal courts.

      2. I was just thinking about what happened the last go around with 9 districts. That loss of 80k people certainly throws the east/west calculus a bit off, but the state is essentially a 7/9-2/9 split, which makes the minimal incursion idea work for a 9 district plan, but not this year's 10 district plan.

      Interesting tidbit: if you look at the SecState's historical legislative maps page, the 1928 plan shows that the 4th and 5th congressional districts cover eastern Washington, and only eastern Washington. Of course, they were less worried about population equality back then, but it's kind of instructive that we'd gone 80 years and four more districts without changing that one detail.

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