Friday, February 10, 2012
Representative Antonio 'Moe' Maestas Comments on NM Redistricting Supreme Court Order to Lower Court
Back to the drawing board for the complex redistricting for the State of New Mexico House of Representatives new districting map, developed off of 2010 census info. The NM Supreme Court rejected the republican map which Governor Martinez brought forward. The more democratic map; the map passed by the legislators in the special session in September 2011 was vetoed by Martinez. Thereby sending the House of Rep mapping to Judge Halls Court. Where Judge Hall sided with the Republican redistricting map favored by Martinez. For a very good recap of the redistricting fight, up to the point of Hall's decision, see this post here from the conservative NM Watchdog website. If you can bear it read down to the comment posted at the end of the write up. There are good maps to reference within this post.
After Judge Halls decision Rep. Moe Maestas and Rep. Brian Egolf brought a suit to the Supreme Court of NM challenging Hall's ruling. Now if we fast forward to today: today we got the Supreme Court ruling which was 4 to 1 to not approve the Judge Hall's ruling and map. If you want to read the Supreme Court ruling issued today see this link Redistricting-Order.
Representative Moe Maestas had this to say about the Supreme Court ruling today: "It is a great day for all New Mexicans. We are very pleased that the Governor's proposed map received a thorough review by the highest court in the land and the remand to the District Court is totally appropriate. Redistricting is about the beautiful communities of our state and should never be utilized for a partisan power grab. The new districts will now be drawn to reflect centuries-old communities of interests instead of being drawn by DC partisans."
Thank you Representative Moe Maestas and Rep. Brian Egolf and the others who did not stop fighting for the fair representation People of NM!
The next decision from Judge Hall who has to reconsider the map is scheduled for February 27, 2012.
I guess Judge Hall was trying to give Susana a win, after all her losses. It was a head fake. Poor thang, Susana. Poor, poor thang.
Bless her heart.
Posted by: bg | Feb 10, 2012 5:20:52 PM
You know, what we really need is a bipartisan commission to handle redistricting. This is the second, or third? time our political with a capital P legislators (and governor) have not been able to get organized enough to get a map together. Let's look at what they did last year in California, which has just switched to redistricting by commission instead of by politicians.
Posted by: Ellen Wedum | Feb 11, 2012 8:13:44 AM
I for one do not think that redistricting should go by population density alone. That concedes too much power upon our urban sprawl areas rife with transients that have no historical vestment in this state. It will lead to homogenization of the state and watering down the chile only to add flour thickening to substitute for the real thing.
Posted by: qofdisks | Feb 11, 2012 12:15:59 PM
Thank you Reps. Egolf and Maestas! You done good.
Posted by: Proud Democrat | Feb 11, 2012 2:40:55 PM
I would like to second Proud Democrat. Thank you Representatives Egolf and Maestas! You have stood up for Democracy. We need more people like you!
Posted by: Terry Riley | Feb 12, 2012 5:33:40 PM
I agree 100 % w/gofdisks
"Thank you Reps. Egolf and Maestas! You done good."
Posted by: New Mexican | Feb 13, 2012 7:59:12 AM
Gov Martinez lives to fight. Why else would she try to keep a three war veteran from his job? Just because he is a public employee and works for the state does not mean she does not get to fight for his job. Veterans unite! Read this: http://bit.ly/x6xpmT
Posted by: Jackson Griffin | Feb 14, 2012 3:01:01 PM
Correct -- Just because he is a public employee and works for the state does not mean he does not get to fight for his job. Veterans unite! Read this: http://bit.ly/x6xpmT
Posted by: Jackson Griffin | Feb 14, 2012 3:05:58 PM