a direct consequence of tsunami tuesday:
in my state of CA, the nation's biggest, voters on nov 2 (prop 20, passed 69% to 31) took the power of redistricting or gerrymandering AWAY from the assembly and turned it over anew to some "apolitical," "bipartisan" commission, the first 3 of whom are chosen at random from a pool of auditors, those 3 then going on to pick the next 11 members
the result, out here on the left coast, is "political armageddon," according to politico, and i'm certainly in no position to dispute it
this state, you see, has been drawn along "coddled" lines, both sides, republicans and democrats are practically unbeatable, only one CA congressperson has lost a seat since 06...
that one defeated delegate since 06 must be republican richard pombo in my home district, CA11, the east bayThe redistricting committee is poised to dismantle an exquisitely gerrymandered map that has provided incumbents nearly unparalleled stability, with just one member of the delegation losing a seat since 2006. The committee has taken on a decidedly apolitical format by choosing not to take incumbent residency or political data into account. The group is composed largely of political neophytes, including a chiropractor, an architect and an insurance agent.
my district, by the way, in 2010 came down to a recount, very close, incumbent dem jerry mcnerny (who has a phd in math) barely beating challenger david harmer who also happened to lose the special a year earlier to john garamendi (november, 09, the nite chris christie took trenton, bob mcdonnell won richmond, and dede scozzafava screwed up my party's chances in NY23) in the district just to the west of CA11, walnut creek, where i grew up
ellen tauscher was moved up to work with hillary at state, creating the opening next door in CA10
the entire CA map with all 53 districts is being radically redrawn along, presumably, more demographic and less incumbency-interested lines
the map was configured out here in the first place by phil burton, brother of ultra powerful john burton from sf, longtime president of the senate til he was term limited, now chair of the state party
after the burtons it was the bermans, michael and howard, most responsible for drawing the districts we operated with from 2000 until today
the seats made so safe are today sat in by 34 blues and 19 reds
California lawmakers brace for bombshell - Alex Isenstadt - POLITICO.com