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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - "Drawing a line: Public the winner in redistricting decision"

The SCOTUS opinion Monday in Arizona Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (see earlier ILB post here) is the subject of an editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Some quotes:

If Monday’s Supreme Court ruling on election redistricting didn’t draw the same strident response as other recent rulings, it’s for good reason: Voters on both sides of the aisle won; hard-line Democratic and Republican politicians lost.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, inadvertently offered the best illustration of how partisan redistricting works when he commented on proposed redistricting reform in his home state: “For 40 years, the Democrat Party had the pencil in their hands, and for the last 20 years we’ve had the pencil. When you’ve got the pencil in your hand, you’re going to use it to the best of your advantage.”

In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled it constitutional for the pencil to be held by an independent commission in drawing congressional maps. In upholding the use of a redistricting commission by the state of Arizona, it preserved the rights of other states, including Indiana, to limit political control of map-drawing.

Currently, the redistricting task in Indiana falls to a five-member commission only if the legislature fails to come up with new legislative and congressional maps. That’s unlikely in a state where Republicans enjoy a stranglehold on the General Assembly. But legislative leaders have agreed to consider turning redistricting over to an independent commission, with a two-year study set to begin this summer.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 2, 2015 09:49 AM
Posted to Indiana Government