Midlands Voices: Redistricting poses a major test for our nonpartisan Legislature

Midlands Voices: Redistricting poses a major test for our nonpartisan Legislature

State senators on Aug. 13, 2020, the final day of the 106th Nebraska Legislature. Nebraska lawmakers will begin a special session on Monday to consider redistricting. Let’s be clear. We need both political parties and diverse views for democracy to work effectively. I am a Democrat because the party better reflects my values. However, compromise comes from leaders with diverse values and positions coming together for the good of the country. Our constituents expect us to ask questions and challenge the status quo when necessary. Agreement is not always possible and blind support can lead to unintended consequences. However, I cannot recall an issue that could not be resolved. It is the lack of consensus-building that has put our democracy in jeopardy, not the lack of ideas. The Unicameral is in the middle of redistricting. It is so critical that the members do what is fair and not just expedient for one party or the other. This is a major test for our nonpartisan body. In 2010 I voted for the districts that exist now. Though Sarpy County has for years made the task of electing Democrats in the 2nd Congressional District difficult, our campaign was successful in 2014, I believe, because we reached out to Republicans and Independents. Democrats in the Legislature did not like the 2010 redistricting decision but it was fair. Douglas County remained undivided and in addition to the congressional race in 2014, Democrats have been successful in electing state senators and Joe Biden carried […]

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