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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Redistricting the Iowa way

Excerpted from this post at BLOGNAME

For some fascinating reading, take a look at the 2001 Report of the Temporary Redistricting Advisory Commission (TRAC) to the General Assembly. Four arguments dominated the public comments: population variance statistics should meet or exceed past redistricting standards. Iowans desire an urban-rural mix; (related to above) District 5 is too large; Corridors of economic/community interest should be preserved, with Johnson/Linn mentioned most frequently. The minority report dismissed these arguments, citing political theatre managed by citizen-ringers and their sponsors: During the public hearings, Commission members heard from perhaps a couple hundred individuals, many of whom were there at the request of one political party or another.

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