Thursday, January 27, 2022

Colorado’s redivision of the map “will shake congressional politics,” but it will not shake incumbents

Colorado’s congressional map maker has proposed a plan, which is a major adjustment of the country’s political borders, and may allow members of Congress to re-select next year.

The second proposed map-released on the Friday night before Labor Day weekend-frustrated the Coloradoans from Fort Collins to Cortez, who did not like the area line, and made the residents of Pueblo happy .

It also brought US Rep. Joe Neguse and Lauren Boebert into the spotlight again, not just in Colorado, because they may have a showdown in 2022. This map puts the two politicians-similar in some respects, but their millennial status-in the same area.

“Like it or hate it, this map will shake Colorado’s congressional politics,” said Alan Phelps, a Republican who lobbied for the redistribution committee of the Colorado Independent Congress.

Although the proposed map will bring all changes to Colorado’s politics, it will not pose a serious electoral threat to the state’s seven U.S. House of Representatives. According to the current situation, the possible outcome is that the Democratic Party will have a 5 to 3 majority in Congress in 2023. The committee will meet on Friday to discuss the proposed map and consider revising it.

Bill Leone, a Republican commissioner from Westminster, said at a meeting on Monday: “As we know, every map has some advantages and disadvantages.” “Every map has its trade-offs. . This is different.”

Xipo, meet Boulder?

There are usually two ways to configure Colorado’s congressional district map-recently, this is an east-west configuration. One member of Congress represents the Western Slope, the other represents the Eastern Plains, and the other five regions are located in the Frontline Mountains. The proposed map released on June 23 uses this configuration.

Another option is what the map maker calls the southern configuration. This configuration was used in the map released on September 3, dividing the western slope along the Garfield-Mesa County line, creating a northern mountain and a southern mountain.

Neguse’s northern region will include his home in Lafayette, Boulder County, and the rural, conservative northwest.

“Boulder and West Slope have nothing in common, so this is devastating for both regions,” Montrose County Commissioner Su Hansen told the rezoning committee on Wednesday.

Alden Savoca, a small business owner and former vice chairman of the Mesa County Republican Party, told the committee at a public meeting on Wednesday that the residents of Front Range “don’t know where our town is. They don’t know we are here. do what.”

Alan Metz, chairman of the Republican Party and rancher of Montezuma County, said during the meeting that this map was designed to get Boebert into trouble by placing her Silt home in the area of ​​Neguse.

But since members of the U.S. House of Representatives do not have to live in the region they represent, Neguse will continue to represent his northern region and Boebert Her west side and south side If the map is approved. In addition, Bobert said on Thursday that she would campaign in the Republican-leaning third district, while Negus said he would campaign in the staunch Democratic second district he now represents.

The southern configuration is popular in Pueblo and San Luis Valley. Residents there told the committee this summer that the deteriorating poverty and water problems in the area are often ignored. In response, the committee staff proposed a southern region last week.

Bretaros, a Pueblo resident, told the commissioners on Wednesday: “This will give us a voice in Congress.”

Sara Blackhurst, chief executive of Action 22, a nonpartisan organization that advocates southern Colorado, gave mixed reviews on this configuration in an interview this week.

“I don’t think this is the worst thing in the world. I don’t think this map will let the sky fall. This is not what we asked for at first, but in some ways it is better.”

“A serious mistake”

Another major change between the second proposed map and the current constituency line is the suggestion that Fort Collins should be moved from the Neguse constituency and placed in the Eastern Plains constituency currently represented by Republican Representative Ken Buck.

Melanie Potyondy, a school psychologist in Fort Collins, said it would kill her Democratic powerhouse.

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