Hat tip to Craig McDermott for this one.
Lori Klein has proposed a “strike-all” amendment to SB 2289. This amendment creates an “Independent” Redistricting Committees in the various counties to redraw supervisorial districts. I say “independent,” because unlike the balance that is established on the IRC that draws legislative and congressional lines, this bill only allows the speaker of the house, president of the senate and the governor to choose members, all of whom are Republicans. Current members of the various boards of supervisors would be on these committees, but, given that the legislature and the governor would appoint six members, appointees by folks from Phoenix would always have the majority. Also, as McDermott points out, it guarantees that Republicans overwhelm Democrats on these committees, even in Democratic counties. It also gives the governor an unprecedented veto over local redistricting plans.
And that leads to the oddest part of this. Maybe you’re wondering what happens if there is a Democratic governor that comes along and vetoes a redistricting. Well, they have that handled. This is from the text of Klein’s amendment:
This subsection does not apply to any redistricting after December 31, 2015.
Yep, this policy will only apply to our current governor (and redistricting) and no other.
Check out Craig’s post on this. Unaddressed even in his post is Klein’s reasons for why this is necessary, I mean aside from the Tom Delay-style power grab. Maybe Russell Pearce gave her a letter from a constituent claiming that county supervisors want to be in gangs or something.