Sickening Redistricting Proposal, 2013 Edition
Don’t get me wrong, I think the Dems did some outrageous things and, frankly, violated the state constitution in setting the senatorial districts in 2011. Look at Barbara Favola’s district, for example. It’s primarily composed of precincts in Arlington, yet meanders through Great Falls all the way into Loudoun. How that comports with the constitutional requirement for “compact” districts can only be explained by despicable, crass party politics. At any rate, the Republicans lost unfair and square.
As despicable as the 2011 redistricting was, what the Republicans are doing now is arguably worse. The Republicans, having lost that bitter battle in 2011, are now moving a plan for off-cycle redistricting. Again, not quite sure this one is constitutional either, but, regardless, think of the precedent it sets. Now, every time the chamber changes control, every district could be revamped — just as a means of ensuring the majority party remains the majority party.
Politics at its worst.