A recent editorial in the Modesto Bee supports the passage of Proposition 11 and redistricting reform. The editorial goes so far as to call the current districts “a bipartisan scam.”
Â The reason is that the districts in which the candidates compete have been designed to favor heavily one party or the other. It’s a bipartisan scam. Republicans conspired with the majority Democrats in 2001, when the current district lines were drawn by the Legislature, to create those safe districts — even though the deal condemned the GOP to minority status for at least a decade. Protecting their seats was more important to Republican incumbents — and Democrats — than governing well.