Redistricting (CA Politics)

Judgement Day: The Governor leads the charge against protected incumbents

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
California Governor
Arnold Schwarzenegger

"A brief moment in time," says Chellie Pingree, President of Common Cause, when asked to describe the political forces driving California's redistricting initiative. While Hollywood celebrities have championed many good causes, legislative redistricting has never been among them. Arnold Schwarzenegger is an unlikely leading man: But, he's the larger than life "Terminator," whose "ah'll be back" are the last words anyone who stands in his way wants to hear. Just ask Gray Davis.

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Redistricting: The Last Word

Policy Today magazine cover
November 2, 2005

Redistricting via Proposition 77 is central to Governor Schwarzenegger's "Year of Reform." For the past 7 months, PT has discussed the issue with state legislators and public officials on both sides of the partisan aisle. With the special election less than a week away, PT's managing editor pulls together some final thoughts on the issue and what lies ahead—whether the governor wins or loses.

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Accountability Does Not Equal Confidence

Policy Today magazine cover showing neighbors talking
October 19, 2005

Reconnecting with constituents may take more than redistricting.

Redistricting has been touted as the device that will restore accountability to the California legislature and a way to close the gap between elected officials and the people who voted them into office. And although reapportionment may indeed remedy some of the issues that stain the state government, even its fiercest proponents agree that it's not a cure-all. According to some experts, accountability alone does not a happy constituency make.

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