Wednesday, December 31, 2014

People power goes on the block on March 2nd

That date may go down in history as a day of infamy. March 2nd is when the U. S. Supreme Court hears arguments in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.  Given the conservative majority on the Court, the people of Arizona (and, indeed, the people of the U. S.) could end up as the losers in a battle waged by their elected representatives, the outcome of which is determined by partisan judges.  AZBlueMeanie at Blog for Arizona has some scary comments.

I have previously explained what the case law precedent holds in this matter, but of course, this is of little importance to the conservative activist justices of the U.S. Supreme Court who are hellbent on eliminating election laws and the rights of voters. They have ignored their own precedents and changed long-settled law to suit their ideology several times already.  The fact that this appeal was even granted is a bad sign.
A decision in favor of the Tea-Publicans in the Arizona Legislature would affect not just Arizona, but all states which have a constitutional citizens initiative and referendum process in which the power to legislate is a residual power that resides in the citizens of the state. Other states that have some form of independent redistricting commission, the most important of which is California, will also be affected.
The rule of Gerrymandering: “Voters don’t pick their representatives so much as their representatives choose their voters.”

Put another way, if the GOPlins win this one, "power to the people" will give way to "power from the people."

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