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December 22, 2014

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Sandoval won’t call special session, redistricting goes to the courts

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Gov. Brian Sandoval said today he will not call lawmakers into a special session to redraw the state’s congressional and legislative districts.

Sandoval signed a bill creating new districts for the Board of Regents, but he twice vetoed redistricting bills on congressional and legislative districts passed by the Democratic majorities in both houses.

The matter is now in the hands of Carson City District Judge James T. Russell.

In anticipation that the Legislature would not be able to come to a consensus on redistricting, both parties filed a placeholder lawsuit early in the session. Secretary of State Ross Miller has until June 20 to file a response in that suit before a hearing is scheduled.

Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature disagree on how to interpret the Voting Rights Act. Republicans want a handful of districts in which the majority of the population is Hispanic. Democrats want a broader number of districts with a strong percentage — but not necessarily the majority — of minority voters.

“In my State of the State address, I said that the legislative and congressional districts should be drawn for a fair representation of all constituents — and that they be consistent with the law,” Sandoval said in a written statement today. “On this important issue, I remain resolute in my determination to see that the new districts are fair and lawful. I am disappointed other available plans were not considered by the Legislature.”

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  1. I guess there are more Republican appointees on the bench right now.

  2. Calling a special session won't help anyways. It will go to the courts even if they call a special session to the next regular session.

    Good call on this.

  3. The republican way don't do anything it will fix it's self. Translation let someone else do it we don't have the fortitude to do the job. First the tax payers pay the state law makers to do it then they kick the can to the courts to do it and guess what they get paid to so it cost twice as much.

  4. Casinokid, its not the republican lawmakers problem. The dems will not compromise. Their idea of compromise was to come out with a 1.2 billion dollar increase in the budget when republican were calling for cuts. Not one bill they ever passed had one penny cut.

    This would be the same. They will insist its their way or the high way for the whole special session (which would be at no small cost to the taxpayer i might add) then go to the courts anyway.

    This way it saves the taxpayer at least a little money.

  5. Justin, the GOP lawmakers could do no wrong in your eyes.

    Down here on Earth, we don't think it's fair to ghettoize most Latino voters into a single district. There are hundreds of thousands of Latino voters across the state. Their presence and influence is well known.

    Sandoval's plan to pull most of them into a single district is a ploy to weaken their influence across the state.

    Racial gerrymandering is wrong.

  6. Nobody compromises that's the problem one party always wants the other to compromise no one is willing to do it them selves.

  7. Hey Kevin,
    I think u missed my point. I think the only way u are going to have a fair plan is to have a judge (who is supposed to be impartial) decide how it should be done in the most fair way. I have no faith that either side in this would ever compromise with the other. I simply agreed with the gov on skipping the resulting freek show and going to the courts rather than extending the session. I believe its inevitable to go to the courts anyways might as well save the money.