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Published: Friday, Nov. 12 2010 12:00 a.m. MST

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Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

Of course Matheson is going to want this. Do you think Barry Obama would create an independent anything to advise him? It's typcial politics. Whoever is the minority cries foul and nothing is fair. I never saw Nancy Pelosi look for a fair way to discuss health care or seek advice on one of several stimulus bills.

Demos are finished. They have single handily destroyed this nation in the matter of years.

Salt Lake City, UT

Or course, Mr. Matheson is right. The elected representatives of the people in the state legislature can not do nearly as well at determining legislative districts as elites appointed by the Governor.

Herriman, UT

Shouldn't the redistricting commission be representative of our state? It seems to me that 3 Democrats on the panel far outweighs their numbers among the electorate? How convenient for Mr Matheson.

Cedar City, UT

You can rationalize gerrymandering all you like, but the bizarre twisted districts designed to keep power firmly where it is and purify a state into unbreakable one party dominion by fracturing opposing voter bases is never right or righteous, no matter if it's you're side that's the one doing it.

Layton, UT

If the shoe were on the other foot, would he then want an "independent" commission. Democrats are so two faced.

Provo, UT

I think that the "pie" idea is foolish and inevitably leads to misrepresentation of the citizens of Utah. To me it does not make sense to have all of southern Utah be in the same district as Salt Lake, 300 miles away. Why not give Salt Lake its own district (who cares if the elect a democrat; that's what a republic is all about), and let southern Utah represent itself?

I want to give St. George a seat in congress.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

It's not fair for the democrates to have a district in a one party system like Utah, I'm sure his election was accidental cause no one would really have voted for him.

Demos are finished. They have single handily destroyed this nation in the matter of years.

Wow and Obama's got 2 more yearshe should be able to destroy the world.
The right wing must be trembling in there tall black boots at the thought of this.

You give him to much credit or blame.

John C. C.
Payson, UT

"However, some lawmakers have said they would like to carve up the state up into a pie to ensure each representative's district consists of urban and rural areas."

Whoever said this has no interest in fairness. The concept of "ensuring each representative's district consists of urban and rural areas" is just another way of saying, "Oh, goody! Now we can carve up that liberal Salt Lake stronghold!" Recent candid comments from a few politicos have said as much.

The new, more right-wing legislature is unlikely to change it's habit of taking every political advantage. Let's reconsider the Fair Boundaries petition.

Remember, Democratic Governor Matheson set up a redistricting commission dominated by Republicans. Sounds like fairness and bi-partisan cooperation to me.

If the new Tea-Party conservatives are tired of politics as usual then it's time to show it by being fair instead of manipulative.

If the idea of a single party maintaining dominance by manipulation doesn't bother you because it happens to be your party, consider the state of your character.

Salt Lake City, UT

I agree with Matheson so long he agrees with a three man committee consisting of myself, the gov and Rocky Anderson!

Ogden, UT

any one shocked at this request? funny how creating a district's boundaries to artificially support the dems is considered fair minded and rational; while doing the same for republicans is biased and unfair. give it up dems...you had a chance and your real agenda...socialism...came flying out and now the people have rejected your plan and your party. Dems are the party of elitists how think they know better than us common folk. they see themselves as well-bred royalty and us as peasants how need to be ruled for our own good.
Ta Ta royals...welcome to the second revolution...

vancouver, wa

Jim...Jim...Jim! Why didn't you bring this topic up long ago. I hope you don't become like so many other politicians. Get real, act like an honest official, and go to work for Utah.

Provo, UT

This is hardly the most important thing right now but I totally agree that the gerrymander in Utah is probably the most egregious example of redistricting in the nation. Good luck getting anyone to listen to this without seeing red or blue.

Cedar City, UT

Runwasatch, the way Matheson's district was carved up previously in an attempt to get rid of him is already unfair...to southern Utah. He represents southern Utah and Salt Lake. As a result, our interests down here are not Matheson's top priority, they can't be, our population is not anywhere near as large. It's gerrymandering plain and simple, it makes no sense on any level unless your main priority is to hope St.George attracts enough conservative retirees from other states to offset Salt Lake city enough to achieve party purity. That's putting party politics ahead of our fair representation.

Springville, UT

The only states where Democrats are so benevolent are states where the Republicans control redistricting. Do you think they are doing this in California, New York, Massachusetts? Not too likely.

As for 2001, what a crock. I am so tired of Matheson being a victim in that. I wish the reporter would actually be a reporter and do their homework. He takes a few politicians quotes as the final answer and jumps to their conclussion. The truth is far different then what really happened. There was not an attempt to redistrict Matheson out. Period!

Get the whole story.

Saint George, UT

We don't want Jim in Dixie. Give him his Salt Lake west side and make the 4th district out of the rest of the old 3rd district.

Toquerville, UT

Whine, whine, whine. Go to Washington and do something constructive for a change, actually represent Utah for a change. Poor Jim will probably be lost without Nancy Pelosi holding his hand. He has lied his way through 5 reelections by telling Utahans one thing, then going to Washington and completely ignoring Utah for two years. We don't need a "commission" we need a responsible congressman.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

A lot of personal attacks Repubs, but very little substance.

What I find interesting is that not one Repub is against what Matheson is saying. They're just upset that it's Matheson that's suggesting it. That says a lot about you Repubs. Way to look after the welfare of our country.

It's this type of hypocrisy that lost the Repubs control in the first place. They had no problem with government expansion, debt, and gerrymandering while the Repubs and Bush were in charge. Now that it's the Demos, they raise cane.

Repubs have no problem spending money, just as long as it's someone elses. they have no problem making cuts, just as long as it's not cutting them. See NASA in utah. All of a sudden those same Utah repubs that have been crying about cutting government are all of a sudden upset that cuts have been made.

Which is exactly why this country doesn't go anywhere under Repub leadership. The party of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich. I can't wait till 2012 to vote all Repubs out.

Salt Lake City, UT

Glad you all actually read the entire story. It says that this independent body could only make recommendations to the legistlature which would have the final say. If a political party has overwhelming control of a state legistlature, it is feasible to say that they could, if they chose to, make it very hard for a member of the opposite party to win reelection, by redrawing voting districts. How is it that you cannot see this? Are you so blinded by your us vs. them mentality to see things with any objectivity?

Salt Lake City, Utah

The Democrats expect a double standard. What's OK for them isn't OK when the shoe is on the other foot and the Republicans do it.

Walt Nicholes
Orem, UT

As the leader of the Democratic party, Barry Obama, said in 2009: "Hey - we won."

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