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Larry Gilbert

Radical Redistricting

I've written a Kennebec Journal column and a Down East post recently on the issue of congressional redistricting. The first looks at the effect the big changes the GOP has proposed would have on Lewiston/Auburn and the second is a report from the recent, well-attended public hearing on the competing proposals.

In some ways, the Republicans have already won. By presenting such a radical plan with such a straight face, they've pushed the boundaries of what's acceptable to talk about in terms of partisan gerrymandering in Maine. They may not get what they want this time, but when it comes to redistricting we're certainly no longer having the same conversation about small changes and continuity of representation that we have for the past 50 years.

Here's Lewiston mayor Larry Gilbert discussing what the GOP plan would mean for his city and region of the state, via Andi Parkinson: