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    are state level mandates setting sole authority of redistricting to a designated commission comprised of retired judges of the State bench.  This is to be done ONLY in response to a completed census and to best reflect the equal and reasonable representation across a number of geographic and demographic criteria.

    California tried this ... and lost.  And our party did their fair share of work to make sure this never passed.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 12:00:48 PM PST

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    •  California used citizens (0+ / 0-)

      to redistrict. Prop 40 was included specifically to repeal the redistricting and reinstate the old districts. The court said it was too late to change the districts for the election, so the new districts stayed.

      Which is why there was no "No on 40" on the ballot information. They didn't spend any money on fighting it, but I think they were hoping that the "no on every proposition" people would prevail and the redistricting would be overturned.

      Since the proposition passed, the redistricting remains as the citizen committee proposed. Some of the districts are truly bizarre, but that's what happened.

      I reject your reality and substitute my own - Adam Savage

      by woolibaar on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 12:54:42 PM PST

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      •  I was referring to something years ago (0+ / 0-)

        in the early days of Arnold's governorship.. I thought there was an independent committee proposal that virtually everyone in Sacramento made sure died a horrible death at the ballot box?

        I am not a Californian so I may very well be misremembering on this.....

        Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

        by Wisper on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 06:16:05 AM PST

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        •  It did then (0+ / 0-)

          but passed later and they changed the districts after the census came out. The Republicans screamed that it was unfair to them and tried to repeal it with prop 40.

          I reject your reality and substitute my own - Adam Savage

          by woolibaar on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:30:51 PM PST

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