Monday, October 5, 2015

Redistricting Study Committee Discovers Partisan Divide

The initial meeting of a legislative study committee looking into redistricting Indiana revealed a difference of opinion among the participants: Democrats thought redistricting was urgently needed, but members of the Republican supermajority were pretty content with the system that keeps them in power. Go figure! Buck Creek senator Brandt Hershman was proud of the system, claiming it was not "the voodoo science that people suggest that it is, such that drawing a line on a map is ensuring an outcome." But even former State Supreme Court Justice Ted Boehm, a Republican appointee, criticized the lack of competitiveness in a state where more than 40 percent of lawmakers ran unopposed in the 2014 general election. The committee has two years to complete its work. Let's hope voters send a message before that! Read more here.