Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Redistricting Watch: Happy Birthday, Mr. Gerry!

I'll have more on SCOTUS when it's light again, but I wanted to pass this along since time is of the essence.

To mark the anniversary of Elbridge Gerry's birthday (which I did extensively here on Sunday), the sponsors of H.R. 2642, the Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act, will be hosting a birthday party (with cake) on Wednesday July 20 at 3:30 p.m. in Room HC-7 of the Capitol. Unfortunately I won't be able to be in D.C. for this event, although I'd love to be there for this.

Reps. John Tanner, Earl Blumanauer, Allen Boyd, Charlie Melancon and others, joined by FairVote chairman John Anderson, will "gerrymander a birthday cake" at the event, and will discuss H.R. 2642 and its importance for democracy. If you're going to be in town, you definitely should stop by and share cake and good discussion with these great Centrist leaders.

I've been promised pictures of the event, and will post them as soon as I can. Kudos to Rep. Tanner and the others for their continued involvement with this issue. It's got to be done.

[Update: For more on the party (and pictures!) click here. -- 20 July, 9:44 p.m.]

Previous Redistricting Watch posts:
- "Federal Authority in Historical Perspective" (7/16)
- "Blue Dogs, on the Scent" (7/12)
- "Cosponsors Update" (7/1)
- "Links, News, and Views" (6/24)
- "Polarization & Collegiality" (6/24)
- "Centrist Action on Redistricting Reform" (6/23)


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