From the office of State Sen. Nancy Jacobs:
Today Senator Nancy Jacobs is introducing a bill for a “Good Government Redistricting Plan.” It has the backing of the Maryland Republican Party.
Earlier this week Senator Joe Getty and Senator E.J. Pipkin also introduced maps. All three of these maps from Republicans preserve the integrity of rural areas and minority communities. Each plan contains three majority-minority districts.
The plan from Governor O’Malley’s redistricting panel tears these communities apart. It denies people representation from like-minded elected officials who have their interests at heart. It doesn’t follow local community or county lines. Districts in O’Malley’s map looks like paint thrown on wall by a three year old.
O’Malley’s plan even disenfranchises his own democrat base. That’s because it’s not about citizens, but about grabbing more power and keeping incumbent Democrats in office. It’s totally self-serving.
My fear is none of these alternative plans will ever see the light of day. Will leadership only allow their plan to get a public hearing? Demand hearings. Call O’Malley. Tell him to listen to the people of Maryland because it’s the right thing to do.
GOOD GOVERNMENT REDISTRICTING PLAN
Sponsor: Senator Nancy Jacobs
*Respects existing county and municipal boundaries to keep communities of common interest together.
*Splits counties as infrequently as possible
*Creates three Minority-Majority districts
*Creates a district solely for Baltimore City of inside the beltway communities
*Protects the interests of voters rather than incumbent politicians
moderation, drip , drip, moderation…
Good except for that small portion of Anne Arundel lumped in with the Eaternshore across the bay
Along that same vein this map does remove Andy Harris from MD-1 and puts his residence in the same district with Roscoe Bartlett or in the new MD-2 which does not look like it would contain demographics favorable to him getting elected.
To the winners goes the spoils — isn’t that what the republicans were saying when they excluded democrats from local redistricting map drawing. This nonsense proposal can and should be filed immediately in the garbage can simply because it’s from a bunch of losers.
The difference of course is that the local redistricting commission didn’t gerrymander, and in fact recommended a map that is much more compact and sensible than the current one. Also, both the chairpersons of the local Democrat and Republican parties have endorsed the plan. So there’s really no comparison.
Also, “Anonymous” is incorrect on another point: The local Republicans didn’t exclude Democrats from the county council redistricting commission, the County Charter did. A County Charter that was written by Democrats, the dominant local party at the time. Had the county council put 2 Democrats on a 5 person commission, they would have been violating the charter.
I can see why you are anonymous. You are also stupid.
ALEX R says
You are probably right. Winners rule. And your day is coming. And when it does come you will be the the one whining. And I will be the one LOL at you and the other libs.
But remember this, right now the Republican Congress in Washington, DC are the winners. So, according to your viewpoint, they get what they want. And they stop what they don’t want. Deal with it. To quote you, ‘to the winners go the spoils’. The White House and the Senate are next, anonymous.
“from the shape of a county, redistricted, so as to divide a voting area to give unfair advantage to one political party”
Just look at an electoral map of the State to see how democrats have “gerrymandered” the voting districts to give them a great electoral advantage!
It is theoretically possible for a Republican majority to win the popular vote, yet lose the election because of the “gerrymandering” of the voting districts.
Like it or not, I don’t believe our founders had that in mind they drafted the Constitution.
To which districts do you refer where
“It is theoretically possible for a Republican majority to win the popular vote, yet lose the election because of the “gerrymandering” of the voting districts.
Like it or not, I don’t believe our founders had that in mind they drafted the Constitution.”
I don’t know, I think our forefathers wanted democracy for all areas of the country. You know, for the people, by the people rhetoric that the republicans just can’t stand. Republicans are all about for me, by me and screw the people every chance you get. Republicans pledge allegiance to the corporation of whatever company they have stock in. So screw the republic for which it stands, one nation, under a republican president, with no liberty or justice for ALL.
On second thought though, the map does look like it was colored in at a kindergardner class.