WISC EDITORIAL AGENDA 2013 – OUR GOVERNMENT
Like Our Climate and Our Schools, Our Government is a big target and so in need of reform to rebuild trust and credibility that over the years we’ve often not known where to start. But for the purposes of the 2013 editorial agenda we know exactly where to start – redistricting reform.
In a classic case of putting a fox in change of the hen house, allowing state lawmakers to draw the boundaries for the districts they represent makes no sense. It did when legislators were more concerned about representative democracy than money and re-election, but those days are long gone. Today’s politicians will do anything to get re-elected, including redrawing district boundaries every ten years in ways that damage the democratic process.
Their next chance is 2020, so now is the time to change to a new way of redistricting. There are plenty of good examples to choose from. But is has to happen now, this year. We intend to remind them of that all year. Tomorrow, our agenda rollout continues with Our Region.