October 19, 2004

Now this is exciting!

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to do battle with Gerrymandering! Or so says Daniel Weintraub of the SacBee:

...But he also took a much more important step for the long run. He offered a full-throated endorsement for reforming the way legislators draw district lines, and taking that power out of the hands of elected officials. He says he will be challenging the Legislature to put a reform initiative on the ballot. He doesn't say when, but I hope he means next year, in a special election. It's silly to let legislators pick their voters, when it should be the other way around. If Schwarzenegger can change that, he will truly deserve the reformist governor credentials he seeks.
Republicans have been pushing reform and transformation in a great many areas, but I've long been wishing I could tap some shoulders and say, "Uh, guys, since you're taking the engine out of the car anyway, wouldn't this also be a good time to fix the Shibawichee?"

Well, I won't hold my breath, but an end to the gerrymander is high on my list of desirables...Of course it's hard to blame Republican assemblymen for not being eager to end this particular problem. In many states they've been crushed under the weight of Democrat redistrictings for a long long time. In the South, in places like Texas, we're talking a hundred years or so. Now that they are becoming the majority in more and more statehouses, it's time for some payback...
(Thanks to Armed Liberal)

Posted by John Weidner at October 19, 2004 8:44 PM
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