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Starting Lineup: Walls Closing In Around Steele

December 6, 2010
Expect To See More Of This: Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin proposed over the weekend that a non-partisan commission be created to handle redistricting in the Bay State next year, a process that is already used in several states in an attempt to remove politics from map drawing. Massachusetts is projected to lose a House seat after the census this year, which raises the stakes in Massachusetts -- where redistricting has led to court battles in the past. The Boston Globe reports: "But there is no indication that state lawmakers will embrace Galvin's proposal and willingly loosen their grip on such a politically powerful task. Indeed, Senate President Therese Murray (D) poured cold water on the idea of an independent commission last week, noting that she and House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo have already launched the process by appointing chairmen to a joint redistricting committee and by hiring a specialist in political mapmaking." Galvin's plan would likely help Republicans because as it stands now, Democrats have complete control of the process in Massachusetts. http://bit.ly/hpLR4l White House Watch: Pres. Obama is back on the campaign trail on Monday, heading to Greensboro and Winston-Salem, N.C. Obama will tour the Forsyth Technical Community College. Obama carried Forsyth County and its eastern neighbor, Guilford County (home of Greensboro), in 2008 by double digit margins on his way to winning North Carolina. Forsyth County is one of the swingiest counties in the state, giving about 55 percent to former Pres. Bush and Obama, Gov. Bev Perdue (D) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) (this year). Don't Miss: The Des Moines Register's Tom Beaumont has compiled a list of the 50 most wanted operatives for the 2012 caucuses: http://bit.ly/ePby1U
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