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Editorial: Time to bury hatchet over redistricting fight
5/22/2012 1:13:00 PM
Next week is the filing deadline for candidates to officially have their name placed on the ballot for county, state and federal elections in Arizona.
And still, at this 11th hour, there is still a legal tug of war taking place over the new legislative boundaries that define the territory over which those elected will serve.
Deciding those political boundary lines has never been a perfect process and it never will be. In past years, politicians decided the boundary lines for the state’s legislative and congressional districts. That process always drew cries of foul from the minority political party.
This past year, an “Independent Redistricting Commission” was established to draw these lines. Critics of the commission say it was anything but Independent. They claim it was designed to create a political powerbase for Democrats.
The bottom line is that the Republican-controlled Arizona power base was unhappy with the results of the redistricting process. Now the debate is before a judge with a request to void the map it created for the state’s nine congressional districts.
The hope here is that the judge will deny that request and put the issue to bed for good.
As stated above, the process for determining legislative and congressional boundaries has always with been rife with conflict. It always will be. It’s the nature of politics.
Further, the pendulum naturally swings in politics. And we’re lucky it does. An entrenched political power base is not healthy. A swing to the left, or right, keeps the system in check, and it keeps it honest.
The protests we are hearing from the GOP over redistricting most likely is a voice of fear that the pendulum is swinging and they don’t like the direction it is going.
They would be better served to concentrate on their job and do it to the best of the their ability.
Sooner or later, the pendulum will swing back the other way.
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