Three cheers for the Democrats who are fighting mad about how some states have gerrymandered their legislative districts.
The National Democratic Redistricting Committee is making a big stink about gerrymandering, the undemocratic and unfair practice of drawing legislative district lines to gain a nearly insurmountable advantage over opposition candidates
For too long, partisan gerrymandering has been used as a tool to manipulate electoral districts to benefit political parties instead of the voters.
I believe every elected official should be accountable to the people they represent, which means we need to end gerrymandering.
I pledge to support fair redistricting that ends map manipulation and creates truly representative districts.
Obviously, the group is interested only in stamping out gerrymandering when it's done by Republicans. The group has twisted a meritorious campaign into a partisan assault. (If it's not clear, I oppose gerrymandering conducted by either Republicans or Democrats.)
NDRC allies itself, as do I, with liberal Supreme C0urt Justice Elena Kagan who dissented from a high court decision that held partisan gerrymandering is a political issue not to be decided by the courts. In a dissent, Kagan correctly warned that partisan gerrymandering allows politicians to entrench themselves in office and could “irreparably damage our system of government.” She said. "Voters should choose their own representatives, not the other way around."
But not in Illinois, where Mike Madigan, the House speaker who runs the state with an iron hand and the chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party, controls the redistricting process. Not a single Illinois Democrat to my knowledge has the guts to stand alongside the national party leaders who agree with Holder that, "The biggest rigged system in America is gerrymandering."
How interesting that the current Democratic screed is about how "democracy is in danger" as never before because of the autocratic President Donald Trump and his nomination of Appellate Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Any Illinois Democratic who now takes up that warning about how democracy is in danger while ignoring the mess that gerrymandering has created in Illinois is a shameless hypocrite.
After the completion of the current census, redistricinting will become another hot issue in Illinois. And voters who want to do right by themselves and other Illinoisans should ask the legislative candidates where they stand on the issue.
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