To say that Sunday night’s discussion on redistricting was lively is understatement. Jack Tomczak just teed the first question up, then let nature take its course.

First up was Mike Dean, the executive director of Common Cause MN. He started by talking about Common Cause’s role in the redistricting discussion. He said that they were mostly in it to raise awareness with the people and to create as competitive a map as possible.

Kent Kaiser’s point that it shouldn’t matter if the map favored the DFL or the GOP opened the discussion up. After that, it was Katey bar the door. If the population shifts to more GOP-friendly parts of the state, then it does. If it shifts to DFL-friendly parts of the state, so be it.

Kaiser said that creating competitive districts shouldn’t be an objective in drafting new legislative or congressional maps. In fact, he emphasized that the commission that he sits on voted that off their priorities list this week by a 13-1 margin.

Mitch Berg from Shot in the Dark said that the thing that struck him most were the things that weren’t being talked about. Things like DTL-Minnesota’s connections with organizations like TakeAction Minnesota, which, Mitch pointed out, was part of the biggest smear campaign in Minnesota gubernatorial campaign history.

As much as Dean tried distancing himself from that corrupt organization, it’s clear he’d be fighting a difficult fight on that issue. Dean had a difficult time distancing his organization from this quote from the DTL-Minnesota website:

Historically, redistricting has been done out of the public eye, without meaningful public input, and used to dilute the voting power of communities of color. Minnesota has a reputation for fair and clean government, but we believe we can do better.

Dean agreed that that quote is a rather incendiary quote but that it shouldn’t be taken as meaning that Minnesota’s redistricting process is racist. With all due respect, if it doesn’t pertain to Minnesota’s redistricting process, then it shouldn’t be posted on DTL-Minnesota’s website.

If Dean wants to make the case that redistricting has been used to hurt minority communities, then it should be stated that those incidents don’t have anything to do with Minnesota.

It’s a flimsy argument to say that redistricting has a racial component, then say that Minnesota has a “reputation for fair and clean government.” Any way you slice it, that statement on that website is a racist statement.

One subject that just briefly got touched on was the fact that the DFL is just a shell organization. The real DFL is run by and funded by Alida Messinger, the unions and the thousands of shadow organizations of the far left wing.

The DFL could close shop this Friday and the day-to-day operations of the DFL wouldn’t skip a beat. That’s important information because these organizations are dragging the DFL around, not vice versa.

Dean took hit after hit from Kaiser he repeatedly said that, based on the goals of the Citizens Commission, the GOP legislative map was a pretty solid map. Later, he said that Gov. Dayton’s veto message was petty and partisan in tone. Finally, he said that the DFL really hurt themselves by not putting together their own maps.

When citizens vote with their mortgages, fleeing St. Paul and Minneapolis in droves, those people’s decisions should be honored. If that means more legislative districts move out of St. Paul and Minneapolis, then that’s what has to happen.

The traditional liberal handwringing about politicians picking their constituents, not vice versa, is a charade. This past decade, people attempted to determine the type of represenatation they’d get by moving from urban areas.

Suddenly, when people move into GOP friendly areas of the state, citizens picking their politicians isn’t all it’s cracked up to be in the DFL’s eyes.

The reality is that some disgusting partisan organizations are attempting to unduly influence the redistricting process. Those corrupt partisan organizations are part of the DFL’s smear campaign wing of the party.

Sunday night, thanks to Late Debate and Saturday, thanks to NARN’s headliners, alot of light got shed on these organizations’ corruption. My compliments to these civic-minded radio shows for their interest in redistricting.

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2 Responses to “Inside Late Debate’s Redistricting Free-for-all”

  • Rex Newman says:

    I think corruption might be a bit strong though there’s no denying the national coordination and targeting going on. My impression was that Dean & Kaiser are a bit too caught up in their high sounding words, sophists tilting at their windmills of perpetual discontent.

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