The redistricting committee descended upon the state capitol. They approved option A Rausch/Olson with an amendment that made some changes to the northeast districts. A special session of the Legislature will be held Oct. 24 to consider the committee?s recommendations.
In a recent Argus Leader story by Megan Luther:
Each district ideally would have a population of 23,262, but court rulings have established that it can vary by 5 percent above or below that number.
Redistricting takes place every ten years allowing for adequate representation for constituents in proportion to the state’s fluctuating population from one region to another.
The process can add representation in the Legislature to cities that have grown in population while rural areas that lose residents also can lose representation.
Surprise, surprise:SDDP Chairman Ben Nesselhuf is crying partisanship about the redistricting process.
South Dakota Democratic Party Chairman Ben Nesselhuf calls the map: “A blatant attack on South Dakota Citizens’ right to fair representation.”
In my opinion, that’s a hard accusation to make stick considering prior to last November the democrats had 14 of 35 senate seats. In 2010 Democrats lost across the board in areas that are Democratic strongholds. Democrats lost because of liberal democrat’s policies. Democrats currently hold only 5 senate seats in the legislature.
(Is it too late for the SDDP to replace Nesselhuf as Chairman with maybe… Mitch Fargen? Are any of you Dems having buyer’s remorse yet on this guy?)