Democrats in the New York State Legislature control redistricting if an independent commission cannot draw the lines. A bipartisan board has drawn plans opposed last in the New York State Assembly and Senate. The board has another opportunity to define district boundaries before the Legislature has the option to define boundaries on behalf of Democrats. This move would result in three or four extra seats and a significant shift for Democrats.
The commission in control of the redistricting cycle was the brainchild of Democrats and Republicans who wanted the appearance of bipartisanship. However, the Democrats control the state legislature and the backup plan in the board fails to act. It means it is in the interest of Democrats on the committee to obstruct any decision and delay the process until it is kicked to Albany, the state capitol.
A New York court drew the state’s districts in 2012. The state’s current breakdown is between 19 Democrat and 8 Republican districts. Six regions are considered swing districts, flipping between parties at some point in the last ten years.
Democrats want to gerrymander the Republican Nicole Malliotakis in the eleventh Congressional District, representing the vigorously Republican Staten Island. Democrats want to incorporate Staten Island in strongholds within Brooklyn or Manhattan. It would secure a greater percentage of the state legislature to go in lockstep with Democrat Kathy Hochul and her COVID-19 mandates, controlling tyranny and taxing insanity.
In the meantime, Republican Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis overturned redistricting. He presented his proposal to establish stronger Republican districts. DeSantis offered a new gerrymandered map to the Republican-controlled Florida House and Senate. DeSantis is signaling that he rejects the weaker proposal in the Senate that may allow more Democrats to be elected in a strongly conservative state through redistricting.
Florida will have 28 seats in Congress in 2022. The Florida Senate’s proposition has 16 Republican-leaning districts and 12 Democrat, while DeSantis’ plans would shift the balance further to an 18 to 10 split.
DeSantis continues to push for more conservative policies and is vocal about his support for Republican causes throughout the nation. He is willing to push the political conversation and govern by using the power of his office to benefit the people of Florida with more conservative legislation. He needs all the help and support he can get to do that. If he can accomplish his goals, Democrats face a hopeless scene and will likely fail to pick up any House seats in the 2022 midterms.
DeSantis is discontent with the current plan and has legitimate worries about the future of the Republican party strategy for Florida. He promised to secure minority voting rights.
Florida remains a significant state for both parties, and the fight over redistricting will determine who controls many positions for the next decade. Democrat US House Representative Val Demings has abandoned her seat to run against Republican Senator Marco Rubio (FL). Proposed redistricting may alter the 25th Congressional District Republican Mario Díaz-Balart and endanger being flipped to the Democrats. In 2012 redistricting became buried in a four-year lawsuit after leftists used Florida’s Fair District constitutional amendments to contest the plan.
Writing for the Cook Political Report, David Wasserman forecasts a net GOP gain in redistricting after the 2020 census. Republican legislatures control 187 districts, and only 75 districts are in states controlled by Democrats. Let us hope that Republicans do their duty and assert their state authority to advance conservative principles with their power as duly elected representatives of their citizens.