Did Democrats Dupe California’s Redistricting Commission?
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When voters approved a ballot measure in 2008, they thought they had removed politicians from drawing legislative districts. But, surprise, they're back!
Did Democrats Dupe California's Redistricting Commission? ()
In 2008, California voters gave a citizens commission the power to set boundaries for legislative districts, taking it away from the politicians. But the pols found a way back in, according to a story by Pro Publica. The investigative news outlet says political operatives gamed the system, to give democrats safe districts. Guest host Jim Rainey asks whether the Republicans were robbed. What about the citizens?
House Republicans Feel the Heat on the Payroll Tax Stalemate ()
Congress is winding down in much the same way it conducted itself all year: with gridlock. Have Republicans outsmarted themselves on taxes, unemployment and Medicare? Can they pull their feet from the fire before the end of the year?
Even the Wall Street Journal has editorialized that Republicans might re-elect Barack Obama “before the… campaign even begins in earnest.” Republicans are snarling at each other, and the President is posing with “ordinary Americans” who face a tax increase on January 1st. It’s all about failing to extend the payroll tax “holiday” and unemployment benefits as well rescinding cuts in Medicare compensation to doctors. We’ll look at the consequences of the latest political stalemate and the likelihood of a GOP rescue effort before the end of the year.
- David Hawkings: CQ Roll Daily Briefing, @davidhawkings
- Bob Turner: Republican Congressman, New York
- Karen Bass: Congresswoman (D-LA, Culver City), @RepKarenBass
- John Feehery: Feehery Group, @JohnFeehery
- Mary Agnes Carey: Senior Correspondent, Kaiser Health News, @maryagnescarey
- Jeremy Schwartz: Professor of Economics, Loyola Marymount University
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