Inside the Capitol

Thursday, December 01, 2011

12-5 column continued

12-5 column cont.

My previous column on redistricting, touting independent commissions drew comments from academics in several states explaining how independent commissions still can be thwarted by majority political parties in any state.
These academics are developing various formulas to objectively apportion districts. No legislature ever will adopt them but in states where voters still can put them on the ballot, there is plenty of time before the next round of redistricting in 2021.
That still leaves New Mexico out of the game. But if today's court hearing results in a bipartisan congressional redistricting plan, New Mexico can hold its head high.


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