Doug Johnson on Prop 11 Impact

Doug Johnson discusses the impact of Prop 11 in Ryan Orr’s article in the Victorville Daily Press. Johnson hypothesizes that congressional districts could be added to the redistricting committee’s power, and that Democrats may have to rethink general strategies.

“If the margin holds up, then they will lose control of their own district,” said Doug Johnson, fellow at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government. “But they will still retain control of redrawing congressional districts and may go after Congress seats.”

Johnson said that the Democrats spent a lot of money to defeat the governor’s redistricting measure in 2005, but if it had passed then the Republicans may have lost five or six leaders in the 2006 and 2008 election.

“Democrats may be rethinking their strategy,” Johnson added.

He said it is likely that there could be a measure on the ballot in 2010 to add congressional districts to the committee’s authority if Proposition 11 passes.

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