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“The sham of the Virginia Partisan Redistricting Commission is becoming clearer and clearer every day.”

This is "like watching a massive train steaming down towards a baby toddling on the tracks and just a couple people desperately trying to pull the brakes."

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See below for some thoughts by Fairfax Democrat Chris Ambrose – who argued repeatedly and persuasively last year that Democrats should strongly oppose the Virginia redistricting amendment – on how “the sham of the Virginia Partisan Redistricting Commission is becoming clearer and clearer every day.” For what Chris had to say last year, see:

Also, check out VAPLAN’s Twitter feed for a lot more on why this redistricting commission it – as VAPLAN says – “like watching a massive train steaming down towards a baby toddling on the tracks and just a couple people desperately trying to pull the brakes.”

And also see:

A predictable – and predicted! –  debacle, in other words. With that, here are Chris Ambrose’s thoughts:

As reported by Virginia Public Radio “Lawyers hired by the Virginia Redistricting Commission have advised the body to revise existing maps rather than start from scratch.” Translation: the lawyers hired by legislators on the redistricting commission are trying to intimidate the citizen members into drawing districts around the incumbent legislators, thereby freezing in the Republican-drawn districts.

The sham of the Virginia Partisan Redistricting Commission is becoming clearer and clearer every day.  Of course, there was never any doubt to those paying close attention that the redistricting amendment was just a ploy to allow legislators to hide behind a “commission” while they *still* draw the districts. Still, the brazenness of their behavior to date has been shocking.

First, the legislators insisted that Virginia taxpayers pay for two law firms to represent the partisan interests of the legislators, rather than one non-partisan firm to represent the Commission. as originally envisioned.

Now, those firms are colluding to exert pressure on the citizen members of the Commission to draw the districts as the legislators want and to promise that no legislator is drawn out of their district – no matter how badly the district is gerrymandered.  That adds a pressure point, in addition to the veto that the legislators have over the maps, that even the worst critics did not anticipate.

 

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