Typically, when re-drawing boundaries, legislators -- local, state and federal -- create districts and then present them to the public as a final product. My colleagues and I desired a more open process.
These days, self-government is under assault. Unfortunately, a minority faction is overtaking town halls around the nation and suppressing any discussion at all. In the Bay Area the problem is particularly acute.
Now that Republicans in the House are the object of their own campaign ire (they're now "the government"), they need to reject the malevolent commentators on the sidelines and stand up for our institutions of civil governance.
Jeff Zeleny reported that Democrats were avoiding town hall appearances to avoid "voter rage." Is it true? Well, your definition of "avoiding town hall meetings" would have to be "holding a lot of town hall meetings." So: no.
Gay marriage and our increasingly obvious interconnectedness present threats to traditions and ways of doing things that many of us think should change. In that regard, health reform is the new gay marriage.
Once you've spent day after day among the constituents -- hearing the president being called a Nazi, a commie, a socialist tool, a terrorist mole -- calling Barack Obama a liar must have seemed almost quaint.