Monday, May 10, 2010

Why Isn't Redistricting Reform on the Government Reform Agenda?

Late last week, Governor McDonnell named forty people to serve on his Government Reform Commission to develop recommendations in anticipation of a special session this fall.

Today's Richmond Times-Dispatch says that one idea up for discussion is ending Virginia's curious status as the only state with a one-term Governor.

After spending one session in Richmond, it is clear to me that one of the biggest obstacles to any serious change in Richmond is legislative districts that have been drawn to be heavily partisan. During my campaign, I endorsed the concept of exploring bipartisan or nonpartisan redistricting. Bipartisan or nonpartisan redistricting was also endorsed by Governor McDonnell.

If a two-term Governor is on the table, I am not clear why we redistricting reform is not on the table as well. It should be.

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