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California Redistricting

Want Less Partisanship? Change Who Draws the Lines

Corbett A Grainger | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Corbett A Grainger

In most states, the legislators themselves can creatively draw districts that yield their desired outcome -- this is akin to the politicians choosing their constituents. What type of district would be best for a representative democracy? Districts drawn by the politicians themselves, or districts drawn independently according to an objective set of criteria?

The One-Two Punch That Defeated CA's Political Vets

Los Angeles Daily News | Dakota Smith | Posted 01.12.2013 | Los Angeles

As Californians entered the voting booths, many likely believed they were in charge, pulling the levers of power with their ballots. But Tuesday's el...

Prop 40: The Most Bizarre Ballot Measure In California History

Aaron Sankin | Posted 10.23.2012 | San Francisco

In 2008, California voters passed a ballot measure that took the responsibility of drawing legislative districts out of the hands of politicians and e...

Golden State Looks Headed For Electoral Mayhem

Reuters | Posted 08.05.2012 | Politics

By Mary Slosson SACRAMENTO, June 5 (Reuters) - California voters head to the polls on Tuesday in a primary contest set to launch the b...

Why the California Redistricting Commission Has Prevailed in the Courts

Vince Barabba | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Vince Barabba

There were four challenges in which partisans sought to have the California Redistricting Commission's congressional and legislative maps overturned. ...

California Supreme Court Chooses Citizen Redistricting Commission Senate Maps

Vince Barabba | Posted 03.31.2012 | Politics
Vince Barabba

The California Supreme Court, in a unanimous 7-0 decision, has upheld the Citizens Redistricting Commission's State Senate maps for use in the upcoming 2012 elections.

California's Unsound Redistricting Process

John Hrabe | Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics
John Hrabe

California's Citizens Redistricting Commission has structural flaws that undermine the integrity of its work product -- and it didn't require an earthquake to bring it crumbling down.

Matt Sledge

Lynn Woolsey Thinks Public Will Get 'Sick' Of Libya 'Pretty Soon,' Predicts Successor Will Share Anti-War Views | Matt Sledge | Posted 09.14.2011 | San Francisco

On Tuesday, Rep. Lynn Woolsey stood in the House of Representatives and gave her 400th floor speech against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "I will ...

Who Is Redrawing The Lines?

Walnut Creek Patch | Posted 09.11.2011 | San Francisco

It's 14 people. Five of them are Democrats. Five of them are Republicans. And four of them belong to other political parties or "decline to state" ...

An Auspicious Start

Nicholas Stephanopoulos | Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics
Nicholas Stephanopoulos

the redistricting commission did quite a good job in executing its mandate. It was charged with drawing districts that are aesthetically attractive, that coincide with communities of interest, and that treat minority voters fairly, and it did exactly that.


2011-03-16-Screenshot20110316at9.39.25AM.jpeg | Matt Drange | Posted 08.10.2011 | Los Angeles

Story comes courtesy of California Watch. By Matt Drange The first draft of the new redistricting maps were unveiled by the California Citizens ...

Citizens Respond To Shot At Redrawing California's Legislative Map | JENNIFER STEINHAUER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Here in California, Democrats have just one candidate for governor (and he has already done the job), and state lawmakers from both parties seem incap...