Stuff you need to know, 10.7.23

“Judge rules that congressional map is not an unlawful gerrymander”
by Nicole Maxwell, NM Political Report
October 6, 2023

New Mexico’s Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Fred T. van Soelen ruled yesterday that the redrawing of the state’s Congressional District 2 map in 2021 was intended to favor Democrats, but did not rise to the level of an egregious gerrymander. The plaintiff state Republican Party says it will appeal.

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Diana Tittle
Diana Tittle

Diana Tittle, a member of the board of Sierra County Public-Interest Journalism Project, was the editor of the Sierra County Sun, the Citizen's precursor. A former resident of Truth or Consequences who now lives part-time in northern New Mexico, she spent her 42-year professional career in Cleveland, Ohio, where she worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine writer and editor, book author and publisher and publishing consultant. She is the recipient of a Cleveland Arts Prize for Literature.

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  1. What I’ve read “somewhere” is that CD2 was designed as it was before the redistricting in such a way as to “guarantee” that there would be a Republican US representative “forever”. That sorta seems like gerrymandering. And in fact we’ve had a Republican “representative” for something like 18 out of the last 22 years. Steve Pearce and Yvette Herrell NEVER represented my interests. It seems telling to me that our current US Representative worked hard for our votes and since he took the oath of office, he has worked HARD for the district and our people in his current term, and I have NO doubt that he’ll do so again. He won by the very slimmest of margins. Which tells me that the redistricting was NO guarantee that a Democrat would win the election. I truly hope that the new and improved CD 2 boundaries stand on appeal!

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