Wednesday’s Report

The Old Map!

Although 3 of the commissioners must agree on the new map, two, a Democrat and a Republican, have reached agreement and it should not be that difficult to bring at least one other member of the commission on board before the clock runs out. If a deal is not reached prior to the New Year, then the entire task would be handed over to the WA State Supreme Court. Redistricting panel commissioners Slade Gorton (Republican) and Tim Ceis (Democrat) have tentatively reached an”>agreement on a new map. Now they only need the blessing of one of the two additional panel members and the deal will be sealed. At the bottom of this blog is the proposed map for the 10 legislative districts. My county (Chelan) would end up being placed in the 8th district, currently represented by Auburn’s Dave Reichert.

Details of the tentative agreement will be released tomorrow, December 28. Everything should be in place by Friday, December 30. For me, in the Northern reaches of the current 4th District, this means that as of January 2013, I should no longer be in the 4th Congressional District, currently represented by ‘Doc’ Hastings (R-WA04). That means that most likely I will be voting in a newly aligned district in the election of 2012. I have previously shared some information on other blogs about this process and what it might actually look like.

Because of population growth in the past decade, the state of Washington has gained an additional Congressional seat, beginning with the 2013 Congress. This means that Washington will then have a total of 10 representatives in the U.S. House starting with the new Congress. Now that this is nearly settled we can move on to bigger and better things, like the 2012 elections. By the way, NE Senator Ben Nelson announced earlier today that he would not be seeking re-election in 2012. That is a serious blow the Democrats and their hopes of maintaining the majority in the U.S. Senate. So far that makes approximately 15 Democrats who have chosen not to seek re-election in the 2012 cycle; 6 Senators and 9 House members. Perhaps it is time for the President to abandon his war on words and really roll up those sleeves, for all the right reasons. Someone should tell the Captain of the ship that the seas are about to get a whole lot rougher!

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