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11.08.12 Ca Redistricting Shakes House seats up

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_21946150/about-dozen-calif-house-seats-up-grabs Redistricting shakes up California House races LOS ANGELES—California’s redrawn political map opened the door this year to the priciest and hardest-fought House races in decades, forcing incumbents to fight for their jobs, ousting the state’s longest-serving congressman and leaving several contests undecided Wednesday. Even as most veterans of California’s largest-in-the-nation congressional delegation prepared to… [Continue Reading]

10.04.12 Austin, TX voters consider CA-style Redistricting commission

As voters weigh Austin district plans, a question lingers: Who should draw the boundaries? http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/as-voters-weigh-austin-district-plans-a-question-l/nSTXq/ By Sarah Coppola American-Statesman Staff In the debate over whether to change the City Council from citywide members to those who represent smaller districts, one question has galvanized supporters and opponents: who would draw the district boundaries? One of the… [Continue Reading]

08.01.12 LA Times reports Koreatown residents sue L.A. City over redistricting

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0801-koreatown-lawsuit-20120801,0,7093984.story Koreatown residents sue L.A. over redistricting Plaintiffs say the district of council President Herb Wesson, which includes much of the neighborhood, was redrawn primarily to increase its percentage of black voters. By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times August 1, 2012 A group of Koreatown residents moved their redistricting battle to federal court Tuesday, accusing… [Continue Reading]

07.13.12 Redistricting Referendum update

The Referendum campaign (i.e. the folks looking to overturn the Senate maps) has filed an Opposition argument for the Voter Guide that essentially asks voters NOT to vote no on the maps. That’s a lot of negatives, but what it means is: “Never mind what we said before, vote Yes.” If a majority of voters… [Continue Reading]

SB1096, To improve the CRC for future redistrictings

The Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee has put SB 1096, the recommended changes from the Citizens Redistricting Commission, on the consent calendar for tomorrow’s hearing. The amended bill is in print now: http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_1051-1100/sb_1096_bill_20120412_amended_sen_v97.pdf . The committee’s analysis isn’t posted yet.   Trudy Schafer League of Women Voters of California 916-442-7215   Sent via BlackBerry… [Continue Reading]

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