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  •  CO reapportionment/redistricting challenges (3+ / 0-)
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    TofG, Setsuna Mudo, MichaelNY

    The main complaint about Colorado's legislative reapportionment was the split of Jefferson County, though other counties were also "excessively" split in the new map, and considering that the Congressional map has fewer county splits than the legislative map, that seems to be a reasonable ruling.  The reapportionment commission has until December 6 to present a new map to the court - no word on how the commission will tackle the task.

    The GOP really didn't have much to lose with a challenge to the Congressional map, though.  The chances of a court drawing a more favorable map for Dems are slim.  The challenge from the GOP is likely to center around the amount of change from the current map, along with a couple of areas where counties are split.  Considering that the new map has fewer county splits than the current (and future GOP) maps, any challenge on splitting communities of interest or counties is IMHO likely to fall on its face.  I don't see the Colorado Supreme Court ruling for the GOP at the Congressional level.

    Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

    by Phoenix Rising on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 09:42:42 AM PST

    •  county splits (6+ / 0-)

      You have to remember that in Colorado cities can span more than one county, so that either a county split or a city split may be necessary.

      I remember when I lived in Aurora it was in both Adams and Arapahoe counties, and I read in a blog here recently that it is now in a third county.

      So one of the county splits was necessary to include the portion of Aurora in Douglas county in with the rest of Aurora

      •  This is the other factor (1+ / 0-)
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        MichaelNY

        against a Congressional court ruling in the GOP's favor.  Of the counties with a Congressional district split, most of them either served community of interest goals (e.g. the inclusion of northern Park county in CO-02) or the goal of including an entire city in a single district (e.g. Aurora in CO-06).

        Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

        by Phoenix Rising on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 09:57:12 AM PST

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