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  •  CA redistricting not non-partisan (4+ / 0-)

    Rather the make-up of the citizen's committee was specifically 3 democrats, 3 republicans, and 2 independents. This is actually a great travesty, since registered democrats well outnumber registered repubilcans. The citizens' commission gives republicans way too much power and independents way too little.

    •  icemilkcoffee - thanks for the information (3+ / 0-)
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      for some reason I thought it was a more non-partisan panel. However, beyond party affiliation, I had the sense that these members were not highly partisan, or party activists. Is that true?

      Given that the intent of the voters in establishing the commission was to remove, as much as possible, partisan considerations drawing the district lines, the makeup makes sense. If you weighted the commission in line with party registration you would end up with the same problems they had in the legislature. It's hard to argue that the districts favored Republicans, given the election outcomes.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 04:07:59 PM PST

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    •  That's correct - it's artificially "bipartisan" (2+ / 0-)
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      The interesting thing is that it solved the original problem - no turnover in basically a state made of nothing but safe seats - and increased the Dem majority at the state level.

      into the blue again, after the money's gone

      by Prof Haley on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 05:49:14 PM PST

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