A couple of oddities:
The S-E’s editorial Sunday called for those doing the redistricting of Utah into 4 congressional district to be sure and keep Weber and Davis together as a block. The idea is that since people in those two counties are all one giant community, they should all have the same representative.
Interestingly, a story in one of those other papers shows that residents of the more rural Utah are feeling the same way. The rural portions of the state feel that their vote is diluted because of the last redistricting that cut up Salt Lake County into three parts and gave each legislative district a slice, making all three a rural-urban combo.
Lawmakers then said they just wanted each district to represent all of Utah’s many diverse parts, which was so laughably false that even the arch-conservative Wall Street Journal said Utah deserved some sort of award for the most blatant gerrymandering ever seen.
The sole goal of Utah’s last redistricting effort was to make sure no Democrat ever got elected to Congress from Utah again, pure and simple. All it accomplished was to make sure that a blue-dog Matheson stayed in office, a result that has increasingly frustrated everybody.
Now the rural residents want their autonomy back, and I’m not sure I blame them. Sadly, redistricting is all about politics, not fairness or representation or anything else.
So my bet: When the redistricting is done Utah will look like a four-slice pizza, or maybe four servings of spaghetti.
And if Weber and Davis end up slivered, part of three different districts or even all four, I will be amused, but not surprised.
Legal Pot? Utah AG Mark Shurtliff is making noses about legalizing medical marijuana. Probably this is becasue of his recent bout with cancer, and he saw it used by others, and so has learned that sometimes medical marijuana really is the best answer for people with the nausea and other problems associated with cancer treatment.
Needless to say, members of the legislature are approaching his idea with their usual open minds: Sen. Allen Christensen is particularly cute, saying he’s always happy to talk “but I’ve already made up my mind.”
In other words, don’t bother me with facts.
I’d rather see Shurtluff move to legalize pot entirely. We’ve spent 40 years and trillions of dollars on the war on drugs, and 4th graders can still buy the stuff any time they want. Medical marijuana would be a start.