March 01, 2006

"Tanner redistricting bill gains Senate sponsor"

The Hill offers this report, which begins: "Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) will wade into the debate over redistricting tomorrow, introducing a bill to establish a bipartisan process to redraw congressional district lines.The bill will be identical to House legislation put forward by Rep. John Tanner (D-Tenn.) last year. Tanner's bill has 45 co-sponsors, including Republican Reps. Phil Gingrey (Ga.) and Zach Wamp (Tenn.). Tanner's bill would direct leaders of state legislatures to name members of a bipartisan panel that would rewrite district boundaries following the decennial population census. The measure is designed to cut down on the increasingly popular practice of gerrymandering, in which states redraw district lines to benefit one party, to protect incumbents or for other political reasons." I've said before (see last paragraph) that partisan gerrymandering may best be solved through political means, not Court fiat.
Comment after the break.

Demorep writes:

    The Tanner bill will do ZERO to reduce the overall math.

    Half the votes in half the districts will continue to be about 25 percent indirect minority rule for 1 party control.

    Proper remedy - proportional representation

    Party Seats = Party Votes x Total Seats / Total Votes

Posted by Rick Hasen at March 1, 2006 08:06 AM