It is only the third day of the special legislative session focused on redistricting and Democrat legislators have already rammed through nearly all their favorite state House and congressional maps through their first committees.
On the House side, the Government and Indian Affairs Committee advanced the far-left H.B. 8, which is a model of the Center for Civic Policy dark money George Soros-funded group’s map. The proposal passed on a party-line vote of 6-3 after Republicans fumed at the partisan nature of the map, which deviated more than 10% from district to district, a clear violation of best practices in implementing the Voting Rights Act.
Rep. Daymon Ely (D-Corrales) claimed of the CCP-created map, that “House Bill 8 is a composite of the tribal interest as we heard about them yesterday. The consensus that was reached between the all pueblo council.” The partisan map now moves forward to be considered in the House Judiciary Committee before a final floor vote. That committee is expected for Thursday morning.
This is what the House Democrats’ state House map looks like:
In the Senate, the Rules Committee rammed through another leftist map, S.B. 1, that would plunge the South Valley of Albuquerque into the Second District to weaken the Republican voting share of the conservative district represented by GOP Congresswoman Yvette Herrell. The map would not take into consideration communities of interest, including forcing northern Hobbs into a district with northern New Mexico. Heavy partisan gerrymandering is detected on the map.
It passed the Senate Rules Committee on a party-line vote of 7-4.
This is what the Senate Democrats’ congressional map looks like:
The House is expected to reconvene on the floor at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, while it is unclear when the Senate will meet again.
The Piñon Post has been working throughout the redistricting process, from the very first committee hearing on the independent redistricting bill, throughout the committee process, to now to advocate for fair maps in New Mexico. Once committee information gets published for tomorrow’s committee hearings, the Piñon Post will update this information on our website in the fight for a redistricting process that values all New Mexicans.