You know… this the process whereby a political party in power draws State Senate and Representative district lines and United States Congressional districts in a way that benefits that party. The best example of this ever was by the Democrats in 2001 in Indiana. The most ridiculous districts one could come up with were the result. Any idiot could see this. The Democrats controlled State government at the time. The leader in this fiasco was then Speaker Pat Bauer.

Kokomo wound up in the Indiana 2nd District. All the remainder of Howard County was in the 5th District. A look at the district map shows Kokomo as an appendix in one corner; hardly representative of the population. In no case should Howard County and Kokomo be separated in representation anywhere.

Kokomo and Howard County were not the only jokes. Just take a look at the Congressional District map. It looks like some drunk sailor drew it up. Check out the 4th and 5th districts. They run all over the place as does the 9th district.

With the Republicans now in control of the State House, there is a chance for sanity to prevail. Speaker Brian Bosma has made moves in that direction. He believes districts must be fair and must comply with all statutory and constitutional requirements. The move to establish a nonpartisan commission to draw districts in the future should be strongly supported by all Hoosiers. No one political party should ever again be given the opportunity to abuse political power the way the Democrats did in 2001.


About Kent Blacklidge Ph.D.

As one of a newspaper family who owned a 34,000 daily newspaper in the heart of the Midwest for 85 years, I have a deep belief in a strong “Fourth Estate”, the press. Without a diligent, truthful, and assertive free press, the power would be taken from the people. People have the absolute right to know. After earning a degree in Industrial Management from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue, I spent over 20 years in newspaper management with several as publisher. I also hold three graduate science degrees including a Ph.D.. I have a passionate interest in science, the environment, government, and politics. I have very little tolerance for ignorance and stupidity.
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