Skip to comments.California Reapportionment -- A call to arms
Posted on 03/08/2011 2:57:33 PM PST by El Gringo
A call to arms, CALIFORNIA REPUBLICANS!
Are you interested in California Reapportionment? Youd better be.
The latest issue of The American Spectator has an article by Grover Norquist on page 52 titled The Battle Moves to the States. Near the end of his piece, Norquist comments: Perhaps the most important task for state-level Republicans will be redistricting.
In California, reapportionment is being done by a committee consisting of five state senators, three liberal Democrats, and two apparently conservative Republicans.
California has 53 Congressional Districts. The Democrats could, feasibly, put 20 districts in Los Angeles, 10 in San Francisco, 3 in Sacramento, 2 in San Jose, 2 in Oakland, 2 in Santa Cruz,and 2 in Long beach. This leaves 12 for Republicans. Perhaps this wont be permitted by redistricting rules, but wed better find out right now.
What a great deal for the Demos!
Even if the seats arent as secure as they are now, they can assure numerical superiority in the US House of Representatives.
Members of the Reapportionment Committee are:
Chair: Lou Correa(D) Santa Ana
Vice Chair: Doug La Malfa (R) Chico, Marysville,etc.
Kevin de Leon (D) Los Angeles, Vernon, Alhambra, San Marino, etc.
Ted Gaines (R) Alpine, Amador, Calaveras
Ted Liew (D) Redondo Beach, Torrance, etc.
The above information is from the State Senate website.< p/>
Are the lines drawn by majority vote? If so, the rats get to write whatever boundaries they want. If this is the case, what will happen is the computer guys for the rats will give the D’s on the committee a plan. The D’s will trade some favors and ask the computer guys to make some adjustments to favor the guys that gave them the favors. The computer guys redo it. Then they call a vote.
If they have to get one R vote to pass a plan, then something fairly balanced should come out of the process. But if it’s majority vote, this doesn’t seem like something activists should spend a lot of time on.
Luckily we can make some of it back in North Carolina, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Arizona.
Didn’t California LOSE two seats in the last Census?
No. California has never lost a seat after the census in state history.
No, the commission has 14 members. 5 Dems, 5 Reps, 4 Indys.
3 of the 5 Dems, 3 of the 5 Reps, and 3 of 4 Indys have to agree on the final map.
The Chair and Vice Chair rotate from meeting to meeting.
The state legislature obviously has a committee as well but is in a clearly diminished role.
It's too late now, unless you live in California. And it's pretty much too late for them, also. They should have been thinking about that during the last election. The district lines will be in effect for the next election, and for the four cycles that follow.
The dye is cast every ten years and the time for voters to be concerned about their incumbent legislators choosing their voters (instead of the other way around) is during the election year when the census is taken.
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