After some shamelessly partisan redistricting left us with a Congressional map so wonky that it was declared the nation’s greatest gerrymander a couple years back, it’s about time that we see some legislation that addresses the issue. And according to Marylander Reporter, three such bills have been introduced in the state Senate.
Each in its own way, the bills attempt wrest control of the process away from the governor and increase transparency and public involvement.
This can’t be how anyone wanted it go down, but after Republican central committees in the Upper Eastern Shore counties that comprise the 36th state Senate district — Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, and Cecil — could not reach an agreement on who would succeed former Sen. E.J. Pipkin, it fell to the very, very Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley to choose between the two likely candidates, Del. Mike Smigiel and Del. Steve Hershey.