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ProPublica: How Democrats Fooled California’s Redistricting Commission

Thursday, December 22, 2011
posted by Thor's Assistant

From www.propublica.org

This spring, a group of California Democrats gathered at a modern, airy office building just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol. The meeting was House members only — no aides allowed — and the mission was seemingly impossible.

In previous years, the party had used its perennial control of California’s state Legislature to draw district maps that protected Democratic incumbents. But in 2010, California voters put redistricting in the hands of a citizens’ commission where decisions would be guided by public testimony and open debate.

The question facing House Democrats as they met to contemplate the state’s new realities was delicate: How could they influence an avowedly nonpartisan process? Alexis Marks, a House aide who invited members to the meeting, warned the representatives that secrecy was paramount. “Never say anything AT ALL about redistricting — no speculation, no predictions, NOTHING,” Marks wrote in an email. “Anything can come back to haunt you.”

Read the article here. It is WELL worth the read.

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5 Responses to “ProPublica: How Democrats Fooled California’s Redistricting Commission”

  1. Here is the response from the state GOP Party Chair: http://bit.ly/u165Wo

  2. And here is the response from the state Dem Party Chair: http://bit.ly/s74mTe

  3. Thor's Assistant Thor's Assistant says:

    Here too is John Myers’ analysis of the story…
    The Frenzy Over ProPublica’s Redistricting Report

  4. Tony Krvaric says:

    This is EXACTLY the kind of coordinated effort that the local Labor Council tried, using front groups like “Empower San Diego”, “Center for Policy Initiatives”, “Common Cause”, “Foundation for Change”, blah, blah.

    Of course, the San Diego GOP exposed them in multiple venues and stopped them in their tracks. As a result we have fair council districts in the City of San Diego for the next ten years.

    One of the biggest problems that we as Republicans have is that not everyone on our team understands that you can only score when you’re on offense and many are naive enough to think that Democrats and labor union bosses aren’t plotting against them as we speak.

    That’s why the Republican Party of San Diego is in a constant state of “Operation: Permanent Offense” and just getting warmed up for 2012.

    2012 is going to be a lot of work for everyone on our team, but it will be worth it. Fasten your seat belts ladies and gentlemen! Game ON!

    Plotting…

  5. Larry Urdahl says:

    Tony, that is good to clear. Some of that expertise needs to be transferred to the National level as I see several missteps allowing Obama to regain some momentum going into 2012.

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