Over the previous week, Quad-Citians noticed a bipartisan dedication to politics as standard. They shouldn’t be comfortable about it.
In Springfield, it was carried out by legislative Democrats. In Scott County, Republican supervisors had been the practitioners.
The small print in every case differ, however every share a standard trait: The desire for energy over inclusion.
We’ll take them one after the other.
It was every week in the past, on a Friday evening, that Democrats in Springfield launched proposed new legislative maps. Drawn up behind closed doorways, the maps defend Democratic incumbents and bunch a number of Republican lawmakers into districts with different Republicans, forcing possible primaries. A type of Republicans is Rep. Tony McCombie.
In lots of locations, like right here, the brand new maps (which had been tweaked a bit towards the tip of this week) dramatically alters the form of districts.
Within the Quad-Cities, Sen. Neil Anderson was put in a district that now not encompasses Rock Island, Henry, Whiteside and Carroll counties. As an alternative, the district stretches from Andalusia, the place Anderson lives, and sweeps to date to the south it goes previous Rushville earlier than swinging up towards the Peoria space.
The map additionally creates a brand new Senate district that features the higher Quad-Cities, together with a swath of territory to the south. To the bare eye, it appears to be like like an amazing pickup alternative for Democrats, which we suppose was in all probability the purpose.