Gerrymandering is a very big problem. And the citizen's redistricting commission helped, but did not make it go away. Whenever people are involved in the process there will be compromises, there will be "Horse Trading", there will be millions of dollars, and years of lost time. What if I told you that there is a way to end gerrymandering, save millions of dollars, and get the process done in days instead of years. ...more »
The Shortest Split-Line Algorithm is the absolute fastest and best way to redraw district lines. It requires no human input or decision other than the census data that shows where everyone lives. It does not require people to make decisions and does not allow politicians or a panel of appointed persons with their own agendas to horse trade over where the district lines will be and what districts will be "SAFE" for ...more »
Splitting California is popular, because the state is too large to govern as a single entity. However, splitting California into separate states is not feasible due to political impracticability and the fact that several of the regions are not economically self-sufficient. Instead, California should adopt a federal system, where regions are ceded some decision making and tax authority from Sacramento. To avoid more ...more »
Give Congress a simpler plan. Let Tim Draper's team draw the boundaries again. Six new states is the dream but achieving half that number would be a miracle. Inspirational state names might focus the voters more on the many positives of birthing new states. And three states allows Puerto Rico to even the score.
The (now defunct) "Six Californias" idea was very interesting. I wondered who drew the lines, why they were drawn there, and especially disturbing: who named the resulting states. I liked the idea otherwise, and feel a better first step is to find commonality amongst a region within California that has a distinct difference to rally behind. With 1-in-8 Americans calling California home (38 million people), no policy, ...more »