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So much for legislative “clout” on Capitol Hill, which usually means the ability to mulct the public for the benefit of special interest groups which then will contribute towards one’s reelection. Because voters took the power of redistricting away from the state legislature, California’s incumbent congressmen may no longer look forward to easy and perpetual reelection.
In 2010, voters got fed up and passed a ballot initiative - Proposition 20 - to take control of congressional redistricting away from the state legislature and hand it to an unelected commission. That body has now presented its first draft of a congressional map that sent shock waves through the state, drawing several members out of their current districts and into potential fights with other lawmakers.
“That’s what the people wanted,” said Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.). “They wanted a redistricting that ignored the protection of incumbents.”
Will any of the state’s most senior members fall victim to the new map? The jury is still out - and the map faces more revisions before the lines are set - but there’s no question that some long-protected incumbents will have a hotter summer than usual.
America likes to call itself a republic, but what kind of democratic system creates an unlevel political playing field in which legislators have higher reelection rates than members of the old Soviet Communist Central Committee had retention rates? Now if only we could apply term limits to Congress.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?