Pigs Have Wings II

I've promised to keep an open mind about the possibility that there could actually be common ground between progressive and conservative world views, so I was pleased today to see the Carolina Journal lamenting the sorry state of our electoral maps -- and their resulting tilt in favor of partisan pandering. Read Hood's column. Except for a few gratuitous swipes at the left, which he seems unable to resist no matter what, Hood's points are well taken. Just goes to show, even wingnuts can have a good day.


A Reapportionment Commission

Isn't such a bad idea, but once you've settled on that, you have to answer questions about how it's formed, what it's allowed to do, and whether it's maps are binding or just recommendations. The states that have done this have come up with a variety of answers. In some states, the commissioners are chosen by a mix of executive and legislative leaders; in other states it's just up to the legislature; in some the commission is legislative leaders.

Some (and I think this is a good idea) require choosing people who haven't been public officials in the last X years, who can't run for office for the next 1 to 2 years, and including at least one unaffiliated citizen.

This won't happen in North Carolina without a popular movement, and I doubt we'll see a popular movement unless there's some outrageous redistricting. There was talk of a commission during the difficulties surrounding the 2000-census maps, but not talk that anyone expected to go anywhere.