Thursday, March 03, 2011

Census: Redistricting & The Battle for Madison County

Fans of partisan politics will enjoy the battle in the Nebraska Legislature between Democrats and Republicans over GOP stronghold Madison County.

Redistricting, which was necessary in 2001 after the 2000 census, was one of the few times when I saw the partisan long knives come out while I served in the legislature.

It happens because Republicans want to keep Madison County in the 1st congressional district to counteract Democrat-heavy Lincoln. Democrats want to push Madison County west into the 3rd congressional district -- where it isn't a factor because the Big Third already is heavily Republican.

Let the games begin.

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