Saturday, May 07, 2005

Democratic chairman says nonpartisan method needed to handle redistricting,

I find striking similarities between this redistricting issue and the current filibuster nuclear option being suggested by Republicans at the National level. In both cases, the fact that a clear majority can redraw congressional districts or consent on the appointment of federal judges must be tempered to prevent a 'tyranny of the majority'. The recent redistricting of Texas that caused the furor over state legislators leaving the state to avoid voting on a redistricting law is a rather grievious example of the former. The renomination of Priscilla Owens after our own Attorney General describes her as an 'activist judge' is the latter.

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