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Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - July 8, 2011

Redistricting: Right or wrong?

We're not saying the purportedly nonpartisan Citizen's Redistricting Commission pulled a fast one, but its release of dozens of new "visualizations" (maps) last Friday just before the three-day Independence Day weekend is suspicious. Many voters and politicians, including a few good reporters, were already off celebrating. Paul Mitchell of Redistricting Partners, a Democrat, former legislative staffer and now a consultant focusing on legislative races and independent expenditures, points out that the way to bury a story is to give it to the media before a holiday weekend. Either by design or mistake, that's exactly what the commission did, releasing scores of redrawn district maps as its busy week ended. Mitchell said this avoided the spotlight from anyone with a family or a social life.

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