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