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Monday, January 17, 2011
Inside the lines
Redistricting Q&A: Arturo Vargas of NALEO
And Vargas has plenty of experience. After the 1990 census, Vargas directed MALDEF's redistricting effort that led to a significant uptick in the number of Latinos in the California state legislature.
I think what may happen this time is we may actually wind up seeing some potential for tension in preserving the same number of African American districts, especially in South Los Angeles. You have three African American congressional seats right next to each other, and you have the ocean to the west, you have Jane Harman (D) and Henry Waxman (D) to the north, and to the east you have all the Latino districts. These districts have to grow to absorb more population, and they're going to bump into each other. And at some point, in order to preserve these African American districts the west side districts can only go so far east before they start infringing upon the effectiveness of Hispanic districts.
Republican Redistricting Efforts Bankrupt for 2011?
Republicans face obstacles in Redistricting
It was in Texas, after all, where Democratic state legislators fled the Capitol and later the state in 2003 to stall a controversial Republican redistricting plan. The Democrats ultimately relented and the Republicans passed their unusual "mid-decade" map. Partly as a result, the GOP gained six congressional seats in the next election.
Perhaps the biggest wildcard facing GOP plans for Texas and many other Southern states is that the Obama administration must approve their new maps, both for congressional and state legislative districts.
Panelist drops out of Calif. redistricting board
Democrat Elaine Kuo (quo) of Mountain View stepped down from the California Citizens Redistricting Commission Friday, saying time limitations make it impractical for her to continue.
Common Cause has an Analysis of the replacement process, summarizing that “In plain English, we think that means that means we start with the pool of 12 Democrats who were remaining as of November 20.
Redistricting review panel could keep council in line
Herhold: Conflicts of interest in San Jose redistricting
S.F. supervisors prepare for redistricting battle
"The redistricting process is synonymous with political muscle and can have a profound impact on partisan shifts of power," said Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi