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California Senate, California, Cody Fornia discussed on 99 Percent Invisible

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Is intended to the california senate passed the maps on september twelfth two thousand one and the assembly pass them a day later while the rest of the nation was rocking from this terrorist attack that had happened and there was essentially a media blackout quite honestly there was a real moment of reflection about whether or not our democracy is functioning their incumbent protection plan was overwhelmingly successful the deal that was passed in two thousand one made california's map almost impervious to change only one incumbent lost re election in general election between two thousand and two thousand ten california had insulated itself from the political volatility facing the rest of the country few of the races were even close to two hundred sixty five us house races in california only fourteen of them were decided by less than ten points just five percent of california's congressional elections were competitive they always said to note that the soviet pollute bureau had more changeover then our system be cody fornia so so what happened in california like how did they combat this problem of incumbency incumbency bias californians in the period from you know the early two thousand to two thousand ten as you may remember in california we're very very upset with the state legislature i mean and a certain point i think they're approval rating was at ten percent and so you had governor schwarzenegger and activists really agitating against the legislature and so between common cause the organization that kathy fung marks with and other nonpartisan and partisan groups as well as the governor they kind of got together and backed a again a ballot initiative like in zone ah to take the power of drawing these district maps away from the state legislature and to give it to an independent commission into what is the.