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Colo. GOP Redraws Congressional Map

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  • Demorep1@aol.com
    The gerrymander TYRANTS in Colorado have acted -- in a GIANT escalation of political WAR. Let the re-gerrymander WARS continue before and after each
    Message 1 of 1 , May 10, 2003
      The gerrymander TYRANTS in Colorado have acted -- in a GIANT escalation of
      political WAR.

      Let the re-gerrymander WARS continue before and after each gerrymander
      election !!!!

      Democracy NOW (via p.r.) -- before it is too late (and the gerrymander
      tyrants start Civil War II and/or World War III).

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      Colo. GOP Redraws Congressional Map

      By STEVEN K. PAULSON
      .c The Associated Press

      DENVER (AP) - Republicans redrew Colorado's congressional districts just two
      years after the once-per-decade redistricting, in a rare move that would
      solidify the GOP's tenuous hold on a new U.S. House seat and bolster the
      party's majority in Congress.

      The Legislature approved the plan late Wednesday before adjourning for the
      year. The maps will be sent to GOP Gov. Bill Owens for a promised signature.

      The current map was drawn two years ago by a judge after the
      Republican-dominated House and Democrat-controlled Senate deadlocked.
      Republicans now hold majorities in both houses of the Legislature.

      Reopening the process is unprecedented in Colorado politics, and some
      Democrats called it illegal.

      ``What's going on here is a battle for the United States Congress and it has
      clearly come from the White House,'' said Senate Minority Leader Joan
      Fitz-Gerald. ``They're trying to use Colorado as a test base to start to take
      seats away that were competitive. This is a sheer power play on their part.''

      Republicans said they have the authority because the state Constitution says
      district lines are to be drawn by the Legislature. Leaving the court-ordered
      plan in place would amount to a shirking of duty, since the Legislature has
      never approved a plan, Owens said.

      The new maps would shore up Republican Rep. Bob Beauprez, who eked out a
      121-vote win to represent the new 7th Congressional District. The GOP plan
      would give the party a 27,000-vote lead in registration.

      The GOP plan also would increase the margin of Republican voters in the 3rd
      District, a seat seen as vulnerable if Republican Rep. Scott McInnis retires.

      Texas is considering similar plans to redraw congressional districts. New
      Mexico, where Democrats are in control of the Legislature and the governor's
      office, abandoned plans to redraw the lines after drawing similar criticism.

      Republicans hold a 229-205 majority in the U.S. House, with one independent.

      The tactic appears to be legal but unprecedented, said Stuart Rothenberg,
      author of the Rothenberg Political Report in Washington, D.C.

      Associated Press Writer Jon Sarche contributed to this report.

      05/08/03 02:59 EDT
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