Saturday, May 23, 2015

Of course not #2: Kyrsten Sinematic refuses to cosponsor redistricting bill, does not return calls from the press.

You might expect Democratic members of our Washington delegation to support the voice of the people and their Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. Silly you. Here is the report from the Daily Star.

Fearing defeat at the Supreme Court, more than a dozen members of Congress from California and

Arizona introduced legislation Friday to preserve congressional boundaries set by independent redistricting commissions.

HR 2501 bars the legislatures in six states, including Arizona, from redrawing the lines ahead of the 2020 decennial census. That preserves the current political balance of power of each state’s congressional delegation.

The high court could rule as early as Tuesday on a challenge to the authority of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission to craft congressional districts.

That lawsuit, brought by Republican legislative leaders, points out the U.S. Constitution gives each state’s legislature the power to determine the "times, places and manner" of congressional elections. What that means, they contend, is Arizona voters had no legal right to give that authority in 2000 to the five-member commission.

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Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Calif., one of the prime sponsors of the legislation, acknowledged it is just a stopgap solution. ...

Lowenthal said HR 2501 is crafted in such a way that it is designed to survive even a high-court ruling that sides with the Arizona Republican legislative leaders. He pointed out that while the U.S. Constitution empowers legislatures to draw congressional lines it also permits Congress to "make or alter such regulations."

He got Republican Dana Rohrabacher, also of California, as the other prime sponsor. It also has the support of Kirkpatrick and fellow Arizona Democrats Raúl Grijalva and Ruben Gallego, but none of Republican members of the state’s congressional delegation.

The fourth Democrat, Kyrsten Sinema, did not join as a sponsor, and did not return calls for comment.

Of course not. How Sinematic.

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