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Observations on the New Maps

From Ogden On Politics:

EDITOR’S NOTE:  This article is Marion County-centered, but it also has an excellent analysis of the maps statewide.

I have waited to write on the new maps because frankly the political impact of those maps are only a guess to those of who weren’t part of the small handful of the people who worked actively in drawing those maps.  Even many legislators are still studying the impact of the changes on their re-election chances.  I have not been able to find on-line the actual amended redistricting bill that lists the counties, townships and precincts in each particular district.  As a result, I’m like everyone else – just eyeballing and making guesses.  Some observations:

Democrats are screaming that the Republicans have engaged in “gerrymandering,” i.e. the drawing of districts to favor the GOP.  Every majority party gets accused of this at re-election time and rightfully so because that’s exactly what the majority party always does.

Having said that the Democrats’ concerns are way overblown.  The fact is, while Republicans can lock down legislative gains through redistricting, it would be difficult to increase the margins substantially more than what they are now.  The Indiana Senate is now 37-13 majority Republican using a map drawn by Republicans.  The Indiana House is 60-40 majority Republican using a map drawn by Democrats.  It is virtually impossible for Republicans to take out the numbers much beyond that because when the GOP tries it would cut the districts too close leaving scores of Republican legislators vulnerable during the inevitable GOP down years.  One bad election and poof the majority is gone.

Read the rest at Ogden On Politics.

Indiana Redistricting Maps

From HoosierAccess:

Indiana’s future legislative and Congressional maps were made public on Monday.

And our state’s future, well, it’s going to be RED:

The Congressional map creates one solid Democratic seat (the 1st up in the northwestern corner of the state).

It creates six solid Republican seats (the 2nd, where Donnelly now has virtually no chance, the 3rd, largely unchanged, the 4th, where Rokita was drawn out of his district but will likely soon move, the 5th, though not as Republican as in the past, the 6th, where a bloodbath Republican free-for-all primary will soon be gearing up to replace Mike Pence, and the 9th, which adds donut counties to enable the incumbent to keep living in Red Bloomington).

Read the rest (and get larger maps) at HoosierAccess.

Report from the Redistricing Meetings

Dear Patriots,

Last week two very important meeting took place in Fort Wayne. Both concerned Redistricting. One was held at IPFW Thursday evening, and the other one was held at The Allen County Public Library. Both were sponsored by different groups.

The IPFW meeting was conducted by The League of Women Voters, AARP of Indiana, and Common Cause/Indiana. The material they handed out from the Brennen Center was informative. However, some of the supporters of The Brennen Center are: the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Democracy Alliance Partners, the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Institute, and the Wallace Global Fund. Attendance at this meeting was 36.

The Allen County Public Library meeting was conducted by various Indiana State Senators, and Representatives. Their sole purpose was to listen to, and collect information submitted by the public. There were many interesting comments by a variety of society. ( you would have had to be there to understand it ) Maps of the various districts were on display. One lady casually instructed the gathered legislators “to do away with those crazy ass lines.” The secretary wanted to know if crazy ass should be hyphenated. It broke up the bored tone.

A very interesting presentation was made by a college student. She had conducted a study of the census and discovered that all inmates are counted as residents. This is something I did not know. It is disturbing for the following reasons. Felons cannot vote. And prisoners are shifted around to various facilities many times during their incarceration thus placing them in different legislative districts.

Redistricting is a very, very important issue. It only happens every ten years. The lines, by law, have to be drawn by April 29th of this year. This creates a bit of a problem because of the traitors that are not here. As it is, Republicans hold the cards, and it will get done. But regardless, it must be done with some common sense. Please visit Ind.gov to look at the maps. Also, please email Senator Jim Banks with your input, and comments. We only have this chance once a decade! You can email Senator Banks at :   S17@in.gov. His Senate phone number is 1-800-382-9467.

God Bless America,
Dave Cooper

State Sen. Banks Encourages Hoosiers to Attend Saturday’s Redistricting Meeting in Fort Wayne

Members of the Indiana House and Senate Election committees will conduct a public hearing Saturday in Fort Wayne to receive input on how new maps for the Indiana House of Representatives, Senate and congressional districts should be drawn.

This is one of eight hearings being held across the state seeking public input regarding new legislative boundaries for Statehouse and congressional seats. I encourage Hoosiers in Northern Indiana to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the redistricting process and share their viewpoints with lawmakers.

Saturday’s hearing is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. (EDT) in the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza.

For those who will be unable to attend Saturday’s Fort Wayne hearing or may be travelling in Northern Indiana on either Friday or Saturday, there are other hearings at which you may share your input:

  • Friday, March 25, at the Faith Baptist Community Center, 5526 State Road 26 E., Lafayette, from 10 a.m. to Noon (EDT);
  • Friday, March 25, at the Crown Point High School Auditorium, 1500 South Main St., Crown Point, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. (CDT); and
  • Saturday, March 26, at the Memorial High School Auditorium, 2608 California Road, Elkhart, from 10 a.m. – Noon (EDT).

Under the Indiana Constitution, the General Assembly elected during the year in which a federal decennial census is taken shall fix by law the number of senators and representatives and apportion them among districts according to the number of inhabitants in each district, as revealed by the census.

Redistricting Meeting on Thursday, March 24

A very important meeting will be taking place Thursday, March 24th. A meeting concerning redistricting will be held in Fort Wayne. It is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 in the Science Building on the IPFW Campus.

It is being sponsored by Indiana Citizens Redistricting Commission, (ICRC.) It is a joint project of AARP Indiana, Common Cause/Indiana, The Downs Center for Indiana Politics and the League of Women Voters of Indiana.  Public input is crucial as the maps for congressional districts will be for a ten year period. This is our chance to have a say in how these maps are drawn.

For more information on the meetings please visit drawthelineindiana.org. There you will find information on redistricting and a link to a website- publicmapping.org- that will provide software to try your hand at drawing new district boundaries.

THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT MEETING. PLEASE TRY TO ATTEND.
God Bless America,
Dave Cooper
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