Tuesday | May 06, 2003
GOP seeks more clout through redistricting
There's no doubt that the redistricting process is a mess, but the GOP in several states is making things worse by attempting re-redistrictings in several states where they have newfound majorities in the state legislature -- Texas, Colorado and Georgia.
Rather than let things be, Tom DeLay has been urging his state GOPers in those states to redraw their Congressional boundaries, a mere two years after the contentious process was completed (districts are redrawn every 10 years based on new census data).
It's interesting that the Texas GOP has been reluctant to push this bill, but has acquiesced under intense pressure from Texas strongman Tom DeLay.
Colorado's 7th Congressional District is a rare marvel -- a district where neither Democrats nor Republicans hold a voter registration advantage. It was created by a state court after the Colorado House and Senate, then controlled by different parties, could not agree on a redistricting plan in 2001. After Republican Bob Beauprez won the seat by a mere 121 votes and Republicans captured control of the state Senate by an 18-17 margin, there was some talk about re-drawing the district boundaries to give Beauprez a boost in his bid for re-election [...]It does appear, however, that Colorado Democrats have the ability to run out the clock on the current session, which ends Wednesday.
Update: The Colorado Senate passed the new map last night. It should sail through the House, where the state GOP has an even bigger majority. Luis has a lot more at the Political State Report, including many of the shenanigans the GOPers used to ram through the new plan. Colorado's state attorney general, a Democrat, has already announced plans to challenge the new plan in federal court if it becomes law.
The Georgia Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday over whether the governor has the power to control the top attorney, who is independently elected.Update: As many commenters have already pointed out, Democrats need to learn to match GOP dirty tactics mano a mano. If the GOP wants to use its newly gained clout in the aforementioned three states to ram through new redistricting plans, why can't the Democrats do the same?
Democrats should take a good look at California and Illinois and start drawing up new plans. And perhaps even Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New Mexico and Michigan. We can't continue to unilaterally disarm even as the GOP keeps dropping political thermonuclear devices around the country.Posted May 06, 2003 07:01 AM | Comments (60)