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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 21 2011 7:44 p.m. MDT

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

In the end, the Republicans will draw the maps and the Democrats will complain.

Too bad. Win more legislative seats and then you can use the Democrat drawn maps. Until then, as long as we end up with "one man, one vote" the results will be fair, even if the process is not liked by all.

isrred
Logan, UT

The Republican outrage over this is hypocrisy. If a Democrat can't draw an objective, representative, map purely because they are a Democrat then neither can a Republican.

Why does Waddoups not debate the map on its merits rather than its source?

Spoc
Ogden, UT

One of the difficulties we have with representative government lately is the tendency to represent select special interest groups at the expense of the other citizens of the state. A diverse or homogenous legislative district reduces the urge to single out segments of the population for special treatment.

Conversely, if a district is heavily populated by one "community of interest" then the tendency will be toward more partisanship behavior, with competing representatives simply canceling out each other's votes and creating friction between groups instead of seeking win-win solutions that most of their constituents can agree to.

The creation of "communities of interest" is simply segregation of the population for local political gain. I want my representative to pay attention to the needs of both the urban as well as the rural citizens. By looking for solutions that will satisfy both segments of the population, we all wind up with better government and better solutions.

Esquire
Springville, UT

Before you complain, you Republicans with a lock on this state, why don't you look at the results. If the guy did it according to the guidelines given, where's the problem? It actually just show that the Republicans have no intention to be fair and reasonable.

Richard Votaw
Sandy, UT

"Everyone pays their fair share", "This map is more fair than that one". It is all a matter of perspective. And the majority perspective wins. Get over it.

isrred
Logan, UT

"It is all a matter of perspective. And the majority perspective wins. Get over it."

Except that when there is only ONE Constitutionally mandated metric the legislature is given (to make the districts as equal in population as possible), and the "Fair Boundaries" map has essentially no statistical population variation while those being pushed by Republican leadership have upwards of 3% variation, then yes we CAN objectively say that one map is better than another.

Flashback
Kearns, UT

Fair and non-partisan? From a Democrat? Yea, right. Any map drawn by them would favor them. Same as a Republican map.

Ralph West Jordan
Taylorsville, UT

What a joke! Reps. Lockhart,Dee and Waddoups wringing their hands crying, "not fair, hypocritical, and un-trustworthy". Welcome to the club folks, now you know how a large segment of the citizenry of the state feels every legislative session. Remember last years farce! Oh,and by the way did I mention that President of the Senate, waddoups just happened to draw a couple of maps of his own, like those bad boys will be non-partisan. Previous poster "isrred @ 9:08 PM" hits the nail on the head! What makes the "Fair Boundries" anymore politcally motivated than the "Waddoups" maps? Sounds alot like the pot calling the kettle black!

JMT
Springville, UT

Bias everywhere. The issue is a group claiming to be nonpartisan hiring an enormously partisan figure to draw their nonpartisan maps. It is a perfect example of hypocrite.

How do "we the people" make these decisions? First we vote for people to represent us, then they do it. It's done. It's called democracy.

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