Senators grapple with Republican congressional redistribution plan dividing Omaha | Regional government
The proposed 1st arrondissement looks like a puzzle piece caught in between.
Redistribution committee member and Democrat Senator Adam Morfeld of Lincoln described the 2nd District redistribution map proposed by Republican members as “completely gerrymandered” in a Twitter post.
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Senator Justin Wayne of Omaha, Democrat and vice-chair of the redistribution committee, raised questions about a split in “fundamental and community interests” reflected in Congress’ redistribution proposal.
“Population or party first? Asked Senator Carol Blood of Bellevue, who is expected to announce her candidacy for the 2022 Democratic nomination for governor next week.
Blood scheduled an announcement on the north steps of the Capitol at 10:30 a.m. Monday.
The committee held a sometimes spirited 90-minute discussion at the end of the day to consider the proposals as well as the competing redistribution maps drafted by Democratic committee members, who kept Douglas County entirely in 2nd District, joined only by a small part of Sarpy County.
Senator Steve Lathrop of Omaha, a Democrat, told Republican members that “your congressional card shows where you are from.
“This can only be explained by partisanship,” he said, noting that this “cuts Douglas County in half”.