When California's new independent redistricting commission unveiled its maps for 173 legislative and congressional districts last year, Republicans were dismayed.
That dismay turned to anger upon publication of an article describing Democratic political operatives' clandestine campaign to affect the commission's makeup and its decisions, and Democratic leaders' public claims that they might pick up eight more congressional seats in California.
Those expectations have been throttled back, and the consensus among political oddsmakers now is that Democrats have no chance of retaking Congress this year, in part because they can't count on big gains in California's 53-member delegation.
Those lowered expectations are confirmed in a new study by the liberal Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law of the nationwide impacts of redistricting.
Its report implies that California's independent redistricting, in fact, may have doomed Democrats' chances.
Republican governors and legislators in other states enhanced GOP prospects of holding or gaining congressional seats with gerrymanders, the report says, while Democrats did not control enough states to offset the Republican plans.
The Met Cinema in the little Madera County community of Oakhurst is drawing a big name at 7:30 p.m. today as director Michael Moore "appears" via live link at a rally for Jack Uppal, the self-described moderate Democrat challenging GOP Rep. Tom McClintock in the 4th Congressional District. Republicans there outnumber Democrats 46 percent to 29 percent.
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"Remember the people who liked to run around in hoods because they didn't want people to see who the hell they are?"
GOV. JERRY BROWN, speaking to an NAACP conference, referring to unnamed donors who contributed $11 million against Proposition 30 and for Proposition 32. He later said he was not referring to the Ku Klux Klan.
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