Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Mid-Term Redistricting Upheld

It appears that the Supreme Court has upheld the right of Texas to do Congressional redistricting at any time, as opposed to every ten years, as has been traditional done. This may be right on the law (I haven't read the decision yet), but is bad for the country. More thoughts later.

UPDATE - According to the AP, the Court ruled that "state legislators may draw new maps as often as they like - not just once a decade as Texas Democrats claimed. That means Democratic and Republican state lawmakers can push through new maps anytime there is a power shift at a state capital.

The Constitution says states must adjust their congressional district lines every 10 years to account for population shifts. In Texas the boundaries were redrawn twice after the 2000 census, first by a court, then by state lawmakers in a second round promoted by DeLay after Republicans took control.

That was acceptable, justices said."

Again, maybe the correct decision Constitutionally, but bad for the Country. On the other hand, maybe this will spur true national redistricting reform. . . but I doubt it.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Rove Escapes

Karl Rove has apparently escape indictment over his role in exposing Valerie Plame as a CIA officer.

Although a Karl Rove trial would be good fun, his recent track record suggests that maybe Democrats would be better off with him in the White House. Seriously though, this makes it even more likely that the 2006 election will be about Bush's record; particularly his Iraq policy if his recent comments in New Hampshire are any guide.

Rove is a very talented political strategist and Democrats will need to have an answer for his claims that they just want to "cut and run." If they don't November 2006 will be as disappointing as Novembers 2004 and 2002.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Prediction

Brian Billbray will win today's special election in the California 50th. This will allow staffers at GOP HQ to open windows tomorrow without fear on someone jumping out.

My prediction - Billbray 49%; Busby 47%; Griffith 4%.

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES

I have been having some problems with posting lately, but they seem to have been resolved. Regular posting will resume shortly.
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