As State Senator Jeff Wentworth tells it, Texas would have placed a bipartisan commission in charge of congressional redistricting -- a move that could have been the difference between a Republican and Democratic House of Representatives after the 2012 elections -- if it weren't for the sense of legislative courtesy of a single state senator. It makes a great story, but is it true?
Texas' suburbs and exurbs are some of the fastest growing places in the country. Many of its rural counties are shrinking. Does that mean rural interests will lose political clout when the lines are redrawn?
Kansas is a conservative state with a Republican-controlled legislature. Nonetheless, this year lawmakers approved a temporary sales tax increase. Why did Kansas raise taxes? Senate President Steve Morris makes the case that his state didn't have any other choice.
Most states aren't likely to offer a Web-based system for members of the public to draw their own congressional and legislative maps. The reason isn't disinterest or fear of public involvement. It's money.
Traditionally, state legislators are in charge of congressional and legislative redistricting. Many reformers want people with less of a stake in the outcome to draw the lines. Could it be that both sides are wrong? Why have people do the hard work -- why not have computers do it?
Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine was expected to be the Republican nominee for governor. He finished fourth in the primary. But, he can take a small measure of solace that it's been a rough year for Republican frontrunners in other states too.