Rampant cynicism

The Legislature’s callous strangling of redistricting reform last week, after nearly a year spent promising to put it before voters, was one of the most hypocritical and cynical acts we’ve seen. As we noted here last week, the Senate passed SCA3, which would have put a measure on the Nov. 7 ballot calling for legislators’ districts to be drawn by an 11-member citizens panel, but somehow it got “lost” on its way to the Assembly and couldn’t be “found” in time for action. Yeah right.

Blame it on Speaker Fabian Nuñez and the Democrats, though the Republicans no doubt were cheering them on. The legislators simply don’t want to give up their ability to draw their own districts—and they obviously won’t do it until the public insists this blatant conflict of interest is simply intolerable.