Redistricting, Greg Geoffroy, Tom Beaumont and more!
The Legislative Services Agency has drawn redistricting
maps that are so close to perfect that no one is complaining — very
loudly. But that doesn’t mean the maps for the new
Congressional and state legislative districts will be accepted
by the Legislature.
No way,” says one guy. “Yes, this one will
pass,” says another guy. Both have spent hours
going over every nuance. But one man’s nuance
is another’s deal-killer.
Two things are clear: One, the LSA did a great job.
Two, the maps tend to favor the Iowa Democrats in Congress,
though it’s unclear which party wins in the remapping
of the Iowa Legislature.
First, the congressional map. The Census dictates that
Iowa lose one of its five Congressional seats, and
since all five incumbents want to stay in office, someone
will get screwed. At the moment, that someone looks
to be Tom Latham but it could end up being the man
no one thought could ever lose — Steve King.
The new map, which divides Iowa into quarters roughly
along the lines of Interstates 35 and 80, strives for
districts with an ideal population of 761,589. The
actual populations vary by just 76; that is, the 1st
district, in northeast Iowa, has 41 people fewer than
the ideal; the second, in southeast Iowa, has 35 people
more than the ideal.