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June 27, 2019


The fuse is lit. Just in time for the the fourth of July.

If only it were that simple.

Well the census ruling is great but Roberts' vote disallowing federal courts rulings on partisan gerrymandering is a big FU to all of us. There was plenty of written and verbal evidence in several states of racial and party discrimination. "We conclude that partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts." Riiight...

The only thing that will reverse this decision is an egregious Democratic gerrymander. Perhaps the California legislature can redraw their district boundaries and eliminate the Orange County district and the ones in the central valley. If they did, you can be sure SCOTUS would overrule that.

Donald wants to delay the Census. Doubt he has ever filled out a Census form himself, as he seems so surprised that it has not asked for citizenship in 70 years. He's probably trying to figure out how to delay 2020 altogether, so there would be no Census and no election!

BTW, if the dang citizenship question does make it in, I plan to refuse to answer that question, but fill in the rest. I worked for the 2010 census, and by the end we were happy to get #people and genders, if nothing else.

Sue in Seattle

Democrats and Republicans were both guilty of gerrymandering in California until voters passed Proposition 11 in 2008. The Citizens Redistricting Commission was established in 2010 and consists of five Democrats, five Republicans, and four from neither major party. As a result Orange County is turning blue. The central valley not so much. Other states have done the same with more working on it. Let's see SCOTUS overrule states rights.

All Ross needs to do now get the attaboy from Roberts is to say, "we need the citizenship question on the census so that we can more effectively partisan gerrymander."

The current SCOTUS majority has no principles at all, other than maintaining GOP power at all costs. If that means throwing states' rights under the bus, you can bet they'll do it.

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