Yesterday Republicans in the state legislature revealed their plan to redraw the state’s 132 legislative seats just before a wave of recall elections this summer – a proposal that would push at least 11 pairs of lawmakers into the same districts. It’s worth noting Republicans pushed through their redistricting plan with no input from Democrats, having taken away the Democrats’ funding for lawyers to assist them with redistricting issues.
Republicans released their redistricting plan prior to local ward lines having been drawn, in direct contradiction to current (and past) state law, meaning Republicans will have to pass a separate piece of legislation allowing them to push through their redistricting plan before local governments have had a chance to draw their ward lines. What’s more, Republicans have signaled they intend on pushing through their redistricting plan in yet another “extraordinary” session of the legislature, leaving me to wonder how many “extraordinary” sessions Republicans have to hold before they stop being extraordinary and are just plain ordinary. It’s also worth noting that by calling yet another “extraordinary” session to push through redistricting, Republicans will be able to severely limit Democrats’ ability to debate or offer amendments to the redistricting plan, thus curtailing any input that dares deviate from the Republicans’ agenda.
In seeking to push through their redistricting plan without first waiting for localities to draw their ward lines, Republicans like Scott and Jeff Fitzgerald have shown that they don’t care about “local control,” despite their assertions that they do – they only care about clinging to their majorities and continuing to push through their radical right wing agenda.
Here’s a link to maps outlining the radical Republican redistricting plan.