Okay so if California did copy Iowa’s method, why can’t _____________? Redistricting has become the politician benevolent protective process, where politicians first protect their own party’s incumbents, then the other party’s incumbents.
A citizens commission in California released a new congressional map that – barring legal challenges – is nearly finalized and would draw close to 30 current lawmakers into districts with other incumbents. Several members will have to retire or face tough primary contests. A state that has been one of the least electorally competitive because of gerrymandering could be the most entertaining locale on the 2012 map.