This pdf communication from Draw the Line Minnesota, aka DTLM, to state legislators appears to advocate for transparency in the redistricting process. Apparently, Common Cause MN and the League of Women Voters MN are hiding the fact that their allegedly ‘good government organizations’ have combined with 2 corrupt far left organizations to work on this redistricting project. Their website provides the proof that they’re combining with corrupt organizations to corrupt the redistricting process:
Draw the Line Minnesota is a coalition, led by Common Cause Minnesota, League of Women Voters Minnesota, TakeAction Minnesota, and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, that seeks to reform and improve the redistricting process in Minnesota. The coalition brings together two good government organizations that have been working to improve Minnesota’s redistricting process for decades and two of the largest grassroots organizations in Minnesota representing thousands of individuals across the state.
TakeAction Minnesota, aka TAM, is one of the charter organizations that helped start the Alliance for a Better Minnesota, aka ABM. ABM is the corrupt organization that funded the biggest smear campaign in Minnesota gubernatorial history. They didn’t just go after Tom Emmer, the GOP-endorsed candidate for governor, they attacked KSTP reporter Tom Hauser:
It’s no surprise that when Republican leaning reporter Tom Hauser looked at our recent ad highlighing Tom Emmer’s legislative record that he repeated the same accusations of the Minnesota Republican Party.
What is surprising, though,is that he did so even after these claims had been proven false, and that a simple glance at the ad’s accompanying fact-check would reveal a simple typo, not some grand conspiracy.
Do these large “grassroots organizations in Minnesota” look like they’re corrupt? For years, Tom Hauser has been the Twin Cities’ gold standard for asking everyone, regardless of political affiliation, tough questions. Now these allegedly large grassroots organizations, which get substantial funding from Mark Dayton’s ex-wife Alida Messinger, want to play an influential role in shaping legislative and congressional redistricting maps.
According to DTLM’s website, these should be the things the courts should factor into their redistricting maps:
Draw the Line Minnesota, led by the League of Women Voters Minnesota, is a network of nonprofit organizations working to reform the redistricting process in Minnesota.
The campaign seeks to create a better redistricting process in Minnesota that uses the following principles:
- The redistricting process should be independent and nonpartisan, to minimize the influence of elected officials and political parties in creating districts to their own political advantage.
- The redistricting process should be transparent to the public.
- The redistricting body should provide data, tools, and opportunities for the public to have direct input into the specific plans under consideration.
- The redistricting process must be reflective of the diversity of the state, especially racial and ethnic diversity.
- Redistricting plan should preserve communities of interest wherever possible, where communities of interest are groups of people concentrated in a geographic area that share similar interests and priorities, whether social, cultural, ethnic, racial, economic, or religious.
Why should racial and ethnic diversity be a more important consideration than shifts in population? This chart on the state demographer’s website shows the population within each congressional district. Each congressional district must have 662,991 people in it. Based on that statistic, here’s the breakdown of how many people each congressional district must shrink or grow by:
- CD-1 must grow by 18,204
- CD-2 must shrink by 69,524
- CD-3 must grow by 12,806
- CD-4 must grow by 48,367
- CD-5 must grow by 46,509
- CD-6 must shrink by 96,487
- CD-7 must grow by 37,479
- CD-8 must grow by 2,649
That’s what the state demographer says must happen. Notice that it doesn’t say it must keep communities of interest together any more than they must keep counties together as much as possible.
The map that Common Cause MN has allegedly put together and that they’re allegedly keeping in private pits Michele Bachmann and Chip Cravaack in the same district. This is a blatant attempt to give the DFL the advantage even though the population shifts have favored Republican-leaning areas. Even journalists like left-leaning Paul Demko admit that the new redistricting maps will favor Republicans:
The 2010 census figures contain some foreboding figures for DFLers looking to regain majorities in the state House and Senate. Of the 21 most populous House districts in the state, all are currently represented by Republicans.
The maps passed by the legislature took population shifts, communities of interest and other factors under consideration. Since it’s impossible to please everyone in redistricting, population shifts should be considered the most important consideration.That’s the primary principle involved in reapportionment. That’s the most important principle or several principles in the 2001 Minnesota Supreme Court ruling.
It’s important that the courts ignore the plans of corrupt, hyperpartisan organizations like Common Cause MN and TakeAction MN. If they don’t take these organizations’ corruption into consideration, the redistricting process will have been corrupted.