I hope you had a very merry Christmas, a wonderful New Year, and that 2019 is your best year ever. This is a nonpartisan PSA and request for action.
I think most of us share the belief that our Federal government is broken or at the least highly dysfunctional. One of its biggest problems is partisan gerrymandering. Both parties have long been guilty of redrawing Congressional districts in a manner that robs voters of fair and equal representation and allows the party in power to remain in power even when the majority of votes in a particular state are for the opposite party. Legal challenges to this pernicious practice have been working their way through the courts, and some recent cases have resulted in favorable findings for the plaintiffs.
It’s time to end partisan gerrymandering.
Representative Jim Cooper of Tennessee introduced common-sense legislation to correct this problem in January 2017. The bill, HR 712, the John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act, has 26 cosponsors to date and has been languishing in the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice since Valentine’s Day 2017.
Let’s show HR 712 some long overdue love.
Please write or call your U.S. Representatives and ask them to get on board with the John Tanner Fairness and Independence in Redistricting Act. Tell them you want your voice heard over and above the voices of the party bosses. Write or call the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice (Representatives Steve Cohen, Ted Deutch, Louie Gohmert, Karen Handel, Steve King, and Jamie Raskin) and ask that HR 712 be passed out of committee and brought to the House floor for consideration.
Thank y’all. Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly,