AK Must Redraw District Map
Remember the new district map for Alaska? Well, it has had a tumultuous, though brief life span.
Some hated it, some disliked it, some said it was fair, and a lot of Democrats clutched their pearls and gasped, “Don’t make a stink, because it could be worse!” Um. Worse than losing the bipartisan coalition in the senate, and maintaining a solid minority in the house? Gee, I’m glad we didn’t go there.
Well, the kerfuffle over the map went all the way to the Alaska Supreme Court, and the divided opinion said … (drumroll please) … Back to the drawing board! You heard right. The map that we used to fill the Capitol building in Juneau with a bunch of crazies, yahoos, and oily sock puppets has now been declared no good. In two years, the map will be changed yet again, hopefully to something that sucks less.
The court had allowed for an interim plan to be used for this year’s elections. But in a decision released Friday, the court found the board did not follow the process it was instructed to follow. That process called for the board to design a plan focusing on state constitutional requirements then determine if that plan complies with federal law.
That’s right, Alaska first.
The nightmare of 59 out of 60 seats being up for grabs during this recent redistricting episode will only be eclipsed by the nightmare to come in 2014, when we may see 60 out of 60 legislative seats come up. Pass the Advil, and a box of wine. And start saving your pennies now for the inevitable requests for political donations coming your way starting in about 6 months… or sooner.
Amusingly, one of the dissenting judges who was against the re-re-districting was Dana Fabe, who caused conservative Republicans to set their hair on fire and run around shrieking like the wind because of her oh-so-progressive ways. She said the map was OK. So, now the distraught conservatives of Clan Minnery can douse their flaming locks, and shut their gaping maws, after they stuff them with crumpled and defunct maps.
What will our new districts hold in 2014? Could we see, perhaps, the second life of Senator Joe Paskvan, or Senator Joe Thomas, or Senator Bettye Davis? Who knows? But we’ll have had two years of extreme right wing legislators making laws in Juneau, who won their seats in soon-to-be-non-districts that didn’t pass the smell test in the highest court.
Perhaps the next two years of pro-Pebble, anti-choice, anti-union, pro-vaginal probe, anti-public school legislation on the table will be enough to shock mainstream Alaskans into actually getting out to vote in 2014.
Buckle up boys and girls, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.