Lawmakers relieved to be taking a breather on redistricting

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  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Oct. 6, 2011 9:47 a.m.

    I listened to the Speaker on the radio yesterday and she is saying it is just the "Democrats" that are raising the issue. It is not just Democrats. People and not just politicians looking out for themselves, want what is fair and just for a state that supposedly has integrity and a belief that integrity in the system will work. It is amazing to see the people elected to make decision for us in the "Fox guarding the henhouse" approach. We as individuals want a fair and equitable system for the whole state and not just gerrymandered. I don't believe people as a whole in our state want gerrymandering that is used to achieve desired electoral results for a particular party, or may be used to help or hinder a particular demographic, such as a political, racial, linguistic, religious or class group, such as rural areas. This issue will go by the wayside after the legislature issues its decision as they are in "control" of this type of situation every 10 years and sometimes inbetween for local legislative districts. You just can't stand idly by or you get passed by your district and the money that follows it.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 6, 2011 9:34 a.m.

    After two days "of mostly sitting around" waiting for the House majority Republicans to make a decision, "I was frustrated like everybody else," Jenkins, R-Plain City, said.

    I thought this was the decision of the Senate and House, not of the republican legislative leaders.

    Rather than sit around, why not debate the pro's and con's of the different alternatives in an open session.

    My bad for thinking that the business of the people should be done on the floor of the senate and the house. It is the republican caucus where all the decisions are made in this state, so that we can keep the door closed, and the people of this state away from the decision making process.

    Why not just save the state money and have the republican leaders from the senate and the house come together to discuss all legislative issues and then have the other locally elected republicans text in their votes in favor of the proposal. We could eliminate that new office building and all the democrats from the process. This would save the state millions.

    I am sure this is how the founding fathers thought the legislative process should work.

  • Instereo Eureka, UT
    Oct. 6, 2011 8:29 a.m.

    The pause is not a sign of the legislature listening, the map will be the sign they listened. Until we see the map, we won't know if they listened at all. I suspect the pause is just a way to get their ducks in a row to impose their will.