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Photoshopped image of Bernie Sanders on a divided couch in the Nevada State Legislature (Photo: Megan Barth for the Nevada Globe)

Sunday Night of the Special Session: Democrats Release Revised Redistricting Maps

Everyone hates their maps

By Megan Barth, November 15, 2021 5:51 pm

Around halftime of the Raiders-Chiefs game, Democrats released their ‘revised’ redistricting maps in Senate Bill 1 (SB1) for the Congress, Senate and Assembly. They took a beating even worse than the Raiders.
After much dissent from progressive activists, the ACLU, and Republicans, revisions were made. However, it’s safe to say that no one likes the maps but the Senate and Assembly Democrats.
Many Republicans on Twitter referred to SB1 as political engineering.
Assm. Jill Tolles claimed that her district (AD25) was “carved up like a Thanksgiving Turkey” where Democrats have redrawn her district from a +6 Republican district to a near +4 Democrat district.

Assem. Heidi Gansert made the case  that Reno was “severed” and Reno and Washoe County voters are being disenfranchised. Due to SB1, Gansert claims that Senate District 15 (SD15) has been “artificially engineered:

The Nevada Assembly Republican Caucus released this video which highlights another point of contention: the Democratic majority refuses to provide the name of the consultants or agency that drew their maps:

 

Today, the Assembly Redistricting Committee reconvened and passed SB1 on party lines.  Steve Sebelius called out the obvious lack of support for SB1 in a tweet:

In separate statements, Senator James Settlemeyer and Assm. Robin Titus assailed the Democratic majority:
“Hardly anyone spoke in support of the Democratic redistricting plan during today’s hearing. No matter
how you look at it, Republicans have produced a much better set of maps than Democrats,” said
Republican Senate Leader James Settelmeyer. “The minority plan has less deviation and is more
accurate, increases political competitiveness, diversity, and maintains compact geography.
“Democrats only make up 34 percent of the voting population but are egregiously railroading through redistricting maps that guarantee them 60 percent of seats violating equal representation of non- Democrats. A four percent advantage in voter registration is not grounds for super-majorities in both chambers.”
“Once again, Democrats have attempted to shut Republicans out of the legislative process,” said Assembly Republican Leader Dr. Robin Titus.
“We saw this during the 2021 Legislative Session which proved to be one of the most partisan sessions in Nevada history and we are seeing it again in the 33rd Special Session where Democrats have adopted a set of rules that will not allow Republicans to submit any bills or even any amendments. Democrats continue to trample on the legislative process and silence the nearly two-thirds of Nevadans who are not registered Democrats and have no representation in this process. Nevadans are being denied the ability to choose their elected officials, instead elected officials are drawing maps to pick their voters.”
Due to the fact Republicans are in the minority in the legislature, it is of no surprise that the Democratic majority will “ram this through”, but as reported by The Globe, the Nevada Democratic party is reportedly split between the progressive Bernie Sanders faction and the Harry Reid wing establishment.
Battle Born Progress, a progressive, activist group who calls for defunding the police, CRT in K-12, and supports Catherine Cortez Masto calls out the Democratic majority:

Kinda wild, indeed.   It is bound to get a little more wild–in the courtroom. Republicans intend on filing a lawsuit upon the bills passage, setting the stage for another battle in the battle born state during an election year.  A year where Democrats in Nevada, and across the country, need better plans to win elections rather than divide the electorate.
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