Friday, July 29, 2011

California Changes: Voters Welcome Independent Redistricting

  • Independent commission finishes drawing new districts (Sac Bee/Capitol Alert) The new maps, which will be released to the public on Friday, are expected to generate a flurry of lawsuits and at least one referendum drive, all of which would, if successful, shift redistricting to the courts for final resolution before the 2012 elections.
  • Members Brace for California Map (By Kyle Trygstad, Roll Call) Just one seat has changed party hands since the 2001 redistricting, and at the start of the 112th Congress, the average tenure of California's 53 Members was eight terms. That's about to change, with the potential for a handful of Member-vs.-Member races and perhaps a few retirements.

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