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Friday, June 10, 2011


Jumping the Gun

Early Risers may have caught a peek at the maps to be released today by the Citizen’s Commission, and couple of us got the entire maps, but then the link mysteriously stopped working, leaving the rest of the Redistricting Industrial Complex, bloggers, journos and electeds to wait and see what the commission does today.

The expectation is that the Commission will begin this morning with a look over the maps to be released.  They could make changes or they could vote on the drafts as they are.   A scheduled 1pm press conference at the State Capitol will, as political consultant Andrew Acosta suggested, make this all clear as mud.

The Redistricting Report will put out two special editions today.  The first will be a release of the political data for the new maps – where incumbents live, registration, and the results of the 2010 Governor’s race based on voters in each new district.  This will be followed by an announcement when the actual maps are online for viewing.

Until then, here is the news!


Redrawing of district boundaries will shake up California politics
Los Angeles Times
Vicious new political battles. Farewells from longtime power brokers.   "What this will create, in the short term, is chaos," as officeholders and aspirants scramble to find a place in the new order, said Paul Mitchell, a Democratic redistricting expert, who foresees an intense 2012 election campaign. When the dust settles, he predicted, half of the state Assembly will be freshmen and at least 10 current members of Congress will not return.

The Buzz: California redistricting commission fine-tunes its proposals
Sacramento Bee
Easy come, easy go? Perhaps.  The California Citizens Redistricting Commission, after releasing "visualizations" of new political districts last week, is fine-tuning the proposals in ways that appear to help some politicians.

California lawmakers brace for bombshell
For the first time in a decade, California’s congressional delegation has every reason to be afraid.

Political junkies, start your map analysis
Fresno Bee
The California Redistricting Commission pulls the trigger today on its draft maps for the state's 80 Assembly districts, 40 Senate districts, 53 congressional districts and four Board of Equalization districts.

Make way for redistricting in California
Los Angeles Times
Some Democrats are bound to hate it, because it may jeopardize their party's lock on a seat in Congress or slow their drive to capture two-thirds of each house in the Legislature. Some Republicans may dismiss it, because it doesn't reinvent California as a GOP stronghold.

California redistricting commission fine-tunes its proposals
Sacramento Bee
Easy come, easy go? Perhaps.  The California Citizens Redistricting Commission, after releasing "visualizations" of new political districts last week, is fine-tuning the proposals in ways that appear to help some politicians.

Election 2012: On the trail of the moderates
Capitol Weekly
Rival political forces are pushing into California’s  middle ground in the 2012 elections in a quest for moderate candidates, hoping to rebuild a Legislature in which hyperpartisanship has trumped negotiation and compromise.

Experts Expound
Capitol Weekly
The maps do not guarantee the Dems two-thirds; they could get to two-thirds but they would have to do it the old-fashioned way, win elections. There are lots of competitive districts.

Tony Quinn Admits He’s No Redistricting Expert
The California Majority Report
For months, Tony Quinn has been attacking the Citizens Redistricting Commission, accusing it of falling victim to  a vast left-wing conspiracy of individuals who, gasp, actually care if people’s federal voting rights are protected.

California’s 2011 redistricting: Good for the Jews?
Jewish Journal
Elections may seem to reflect the will of the voters, but there are many other factors that can influence the outcome of elections before a single vote is cast, and many of those factors are difficult for the non-politico to follow, let alone understand.

Black Power Wanes Amid Rising Hispanic Economic Clout in US
San Francisco Chronicle
U.S. Representative Danny Davis sits in his west side congressional office, long ago the headquarters of Sears Roebuck & Co., and watches black Chicago slip away.

Central Coast redistricting puts Latinos in spotlight
Monterey County Weekly
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission hearing in Salinas May 22 quickly became a polarized debate about the Central Coast’s identity in which the Latino community took center stage.%u2029

State’s Citizens Redistricting Commission inches closer to draft maps, uncertainties remain
Pasadena Star-News
As the fourteen members of California's Citizens Redistricting Commission carefully slogged through another day-long meeting Tuesday, buzz grew around their first "visualization" maps - rough precursors to the first official draft maps, due Friday.

Maps hold good news for gay South Bay candidates
The Bay Area Reporter
The state's Citizens Redistricting Commission is set to release its draft maps for Assembly, Senate, and congressional districts Friday, June 10 and if preliminary outlines hold true, there likely will be good news for two gay South Bay Assembly candidates.

Commission releases draft redistricting maps
Fox 35, Central Coast News
The California Citizens Redistricting Commission has released draft maps that could shake up the political landscape. 

Redistricting could change Alhambra’s political representation
Alhambra Source
California is redrawing its district lines, which could shift how issues important to Alhambra residents are represented in state and national politics. Amid the possible changes, Asian Americans have been vocal advocates for Alhambra and the west San Gabriel Valley to be placed in unified districts.

4-3-2-1 for more representation
San Bernardino Sun
The Citizens Redistricting Commission's task of drawing the new district lines for the state of California is vitally important to the voters. It is of greater interest to the counties that have gained in population.

Calif. gets look at political maps draw by citizens set up by voters to reduce gridlock
Los Angeles Daily Journal
Californians will get their first look Friday at political maps being drafted by an independent panel of citizens, a process expected to influence the kind of politicians sent to Sacramento and Washington.

Here’s My Map
Fox and Hounds
I hope that arguing over redistricting commission maps burns calories. Because if this doesn't help you lose weight, there's really nothing useful about this mapping debate.

PD Editorial: Maps aren’t perfect, but they may be fair
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Confusion. Uncertainty. Anger.  The “visualization” maps put out last week by the Citizens Redistricting Commission have generated these reactions and more. This, we suspect, can mean only one thing — the commission is on the verge of doing its job.

American Canyon officials not happy with new district lines proposed by Congress
Contra Costa Times
American Canyon City officials will fire off a message expressing displeasure with a proposed congressional redistricting plan that separates American Canyon from the rest of Napa County and lumps it instead with Solano.

Editorial: Redistricting panel needs to respect North Bay
Marin Independent Journal
Carving California into scores of fair and representative legislative districts is no simple task. Voters have bet that an independent commission of citizens can do a better job than politicians have in the past.

California redistricting commission investigates internal tiff, tears
Sacramento Bee
As if re-shaping California's congressional and legislative districts wasn't enough to occupy its time, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission distracted itself last month with an internal investigation into a commissioner's tiff with a consultant and a staffer who cried while recalling the exchange.

New online statistics journal analyzes politics scientifically
Sacramento Bee
Can the hurly-burly world of politics be analyzed and explained scientifically?


From the Twitterverse

@phoblog: Friday Leg song: Mapmaker mapmaker make me a map/find me a favorable-demographic-spread/catch me an incumbent-free-district #wedrawthelines

@KQED_CapNotes: Redistricting, with a glance at #cabudget. Outcome there not in doubt Friday / RT @dto510: @KQED_CapNotes And which one is that?

@KQED_CapNotes Could redistricting have a real effect on some GOP lawmakers and cause a budget deal??

@samgarrison: Quote of the day re: CA district maps by the great Dan Schnur of #USC: "This is musical chairs with switchblades." #redistricting

@RichSaskal_BB: Big redistricting announcement today throws another curve into #cabudget talks.

@kyoshino: Term redistricting may bore you, but experts say 2day's new political maps could cause "full-out panic" for lawmakers.


L.A. politicians will still have final say over local districts
Los Angeles Times
City and county government leaders will soon be drawing new election districts too — but they will be doing it the old-fashioned way.