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ProPublica Report: Dems ran covert mapping plan

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 at 5:17 pm in redistricting.

California’s congressional Democrats ran a secret effort earlier this year to manipulate the work of the independent citizen’s panel that drew the state’s new political districts, foiling the intent of reformers who sought to remove the redistricting process from the control of party bosses.

As ProPublica reported today, Democrats met behind closed doors at the party’s Washington, D.C. headquarters, hired consultants, drew their ideal districts and presented maps to the panel through proxies who never disclosed their party ties or “public interest” groups created specifically for the purpose. In many cases, the panel responded by doing just what the Democrats wanted.

The New York-based investigative journalism foundation ProPublica released its findings today from a months-long reconstruction of the Democrats’ stealth redistricting strategy, relying on internal memos, emails, interviews and map analysis.

The success of the strategy has Democrats projecting they may pick up as many as seven congressional seats in 2012 under new district boundaries adopted last summer, far more than had been expected originally.

Read ProPublica’s full report here.

Read BANG news story on the report here.

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  • Elwood

    Low down dirty dimmiecrats lying and cheating?

    Who ever would have suspected?

    So, what else is new?

  • John W

    A political party tried to influence the process by feeding data to the commission? I’m shocked! For the GOP, the adage that comes to mind is, “You snooze, you lose!”

    The commission was bipartisan, but it needed more resources so that it would be better able to evaluate the data and various proposals. Also, groups that present to the commission should be required to complete a detailed disclosure form in advance and be subject to perjury for any misrepresentation or omission of fact pertaining to its affiliation.

  • John W

    I don’t think McNerney considers his new district to be all that “safe.”

  • Common Tater

    Dog bites man. C’mon…

  • Kirk

    “If the Republicans are so concerned about fairness, why didn’t they also attempt to referend the ASSEMBLY maps? It seems curious since in the Assembly the Republicans didn’t lose seats but in the Senate they did – and thus a referendum campaign was pursued only for the Senate maps. If the process was inherently unfair, then why didn’t they pursue referenda on ALL the maps? By just choosing to referend the maps in which they lost seats appears to be yet another political convenience….”

  • Vuulfie

    So it’s okay for the dems to lie about who is behind their “independent” recommedations. You can bet your life if the repubs had done this there would be announcements from Jerry’s office about the underhanded despicable tactics aimed at undermining the will of the people.
    The redistricting maps should be thrown out and they should be required to start over with a new commission and full disclosure from anyone giving input to the commission.
    “Man bites dog”…are you for real??? You’re part of the problem. You accept this kind of shiite??

  • Robert Williamson

    A little historical perspective might help. The existing District 11 is a result of gerrymandering. Look at the maps. District 11 twists and turns, skips around and curls around in multiple directions. It was created by incumbents to protect a safe republican seat, which it did for a while. The Republicans couldn’t hold it even though it was designed to include white suburbs and central valley farming areas. The new District 9 is rational, geographically compact and centered in the valley. It is not historically democratic ground, but republicans are marching themselves off the map.

  • http://n/a Tom Benigno

    Mc Nerney still hasn’t bought a house in the new 9th district near Lodi Ca. Maybe he will just rent until the race is over. Although his opponent Gill has been out of the news, so maybe he is looking to buy a house in another congressional district. Maybe I’ll sell my house to Mc Nerney so he can run against Jeff Denham in the 10th district. Jerry make me an offer I can’t refuse. Are there any other takers out there?

  • http://n/a Tom Benigno

    To all my supporters out there Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  • rew

    The Republican party is in shambles in California, registration numbers are low, the party doesn’t seem to have many adherents anymore. Here in Nor-Cal they can’t even carry Orinda or Roosmoor anymore. The party has become pretty ideological in the modern era, way more conservative than the average Californian, I think this is the reason they aren’t expected pick up seats in California in the next house election.

  • Truthclubber

    Re: #9

    Yo, yo, Tom-O,

    It’s “to all my supporter” — i.e., singular, i.e., yourself.

    Get a clue — hop on the cluetrain.

  • http://n/a Tom Benigno

    Re:#11
    Ho hum: More of the same from the conductor of the cluetrain. Happy Holidays Truthclubber.

  • Elwood

    toothsucker:

    You’ve been ingesting mind altering substances again, haven’t you?

  • Truthclubber

    Re: #12 –

    Cluetrain, anyone?

    Here is where Tom-O’s “signature weblink” (the one that is hyperlinked to his name and makes it blue, bold and italized) takes you:

    http://n/a

    I wish I were kidding, but…I’m NOT.

    Some morons are so moronic, they can’t even recognize themselves in a…wait for it… mirror.

    AKA — “they don’t know what they don’t know” — which in Tom-O’s case includes “knowing what the personal qualifications are for running for partisan, political, Federal office” — something Tom-O does NOT have.

  • Elwood

    toothsucker:

    See #13

  • Truthclubber

    Hellwoody (aka Tom Benigno): You’ve been sucking tooth altering substances again, haven’t you?

    See? You wanna play banal — I can play banal too.

    On the other hand, if you wanna play substance (not that you have the balls to do so…) — I can run rings around you — and you know it, that’s why you wallow in the slop of banality like these 3rd grade rejoinders that you pride yourself on…

  • Elwood

    toothsucker:

    #13

  • http://n/a Tom Benigno

    Truthclubber:
    You have the wrong guy my friend, I’m not Elwood. What ever happen to the kinder and gentler nation.

  • Elwood

    toothsucker:

    People should not take my word that you’re a lunatic.

    They should read your posts.

  • Elwood

    “What ever happen to the kinder and gentler nation.”

    I believe in hope and change.

    I hope to change Presidents on 1/20/13.

  • Truthclubber

    When that doesn’t happen (since Obama will be re-elected), do us all a big favor and move to Putin’s Russia where the “maximum police state” views that you espouse are taken much more seriously…and your hopes will come true; you will accomplish your goal of changing Presidents — changing Obama as your president to Putin as your president.

  • Elwood

    toothsucker:

    People should not take my word that you’re insane.

    They should read your posts.

  • Truthclubber

    @#20 Elwood Says:
    December 24th, 2011 at 8:17 pm
    “What ever happen to the kinder and gentler nation.”

    I believe in hope and change.

    I hope to change Presidents on 1/20/13.

    ================================

    I’ve copied this piece of deluded, biased, racist drivel to my USB drive and will repost it to this blog on November 7th, 2012 — so as to show what a myopic, idiotic fascist @$$hole Hellwoody really is.

  • Elwood

    Easy, toothsucker, easy!

    Remember what the doctor said!

    You don’t want to have to go back to the home, do you?

    Take your meds and keep your therapy appointments.

    And try to remain calm.