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  •  California in 2001 needed to draw that because (4+ / 0-)
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    at the time any budget required a 2/3rds vote which they of course did not have. If they didn't protect Republicans they'd have gotten no votes for their budget and Davis and state Dems would have looked horrible and he'd have lost reelection as he was unpopular anyway. It wasn't to preserve their own jobs over his that they drew such a map, but really the opposite.

    In 2011 had Democrats been allowed to draw the map they wouldn't have repeated that because the state had just abolished that 2/3rds budget requirement and had become considerably more Democratic. I have little doubt they would have drawn a congressional map at least as Democratic in outcome as the actual map since basically all their seats were safe and Republicans had several vulnerable ones to target.

    My only problem with California's commission is that it's only in places like California and not Texas, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, etc. Otherwise it's excellent.

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