Only one plan was presented at the House redistricting subcommittee devoted to receiving any and all plans this morning. That plan came from Sunapee Rep Spec Bowers. Actually another plan was presented, but it involved weighted voting which the committee had already voted not to use, so it wasn't really a valid plan. Also, Rep. Lucy Weber of Walpole had a plan for Cheshire County but it too involved weighted voting and even with that, it was so far off from acceptable deviation as to be totally worthless.
Chairman Paul Mirski, ever the gracious host, accepted even the plans which are not acceptable.
I wasn't really surprised by the lack of plans. As much as those on the left wing loonie fringe want to piss and moan about not being given a fair hearing, when it gets right down to it, they really have nothing to offer.
A typical example came yesterday when the three subcommittees dealing with county commissioners were held. I chaired the one of Sullivan, Cheshire, and Hillsborough Counties, and only minor changes were necessary. They all passed by straight party line votes of 3-1. Rep Webber had no input; all she wanted to do was filibuster and contend that we weren't following proper procedure. In fact, the meeting had been noticed; no one showed up to offer any comments, so we went ahead and did the work we are expected to do.
It's getting pathetic when Democrats moan day after day about procedure while doing absolutely no work themselves.
You just can't make this stuff up.
I did not present my plans today because after generating two detailed plans in the spring (using the method which we've decided is no longer valid), I decided to wait to see what others came up with before spending dozens more hours on plans that Democrats would simply moan about some and more.
I was pleased with Rep. Bowers's plans in large part for only two counties, Strafford and Belknap Counties. They are not perfect, but I believe they encompass what we must do to move forward.
I have spent the past eight hours typing out plans for eight of the ten counties and expect to present them to the committee Thursday morning, all ten if I can get them finished, but there are only so many hours in the day, and I have a TV show to do at 9 p.m. (assuming I'm not locked out).
Since Chairman Mirski gave Rep. Bowers permission to publish his plans, I now feel free to publish mine. Thus, you will note that under separate cover, I am posting plans for counties as I complete them. Let's go in alphabetical order, so I'll post Belknap, Carroll and Coos tonight (Cheshire needs a bit more work).
In all cases, I’ve attempted to meet the spirit of both the State Constitution and of course of the federal mandate of “one man, one vote”. Since we cannot cross county lines; since we must use the more onerous composite method; since populations do not usually fall in convenient patterns; the goal of meeting both tasks is often not possible, but I have attempted to make sure that every town with 3291 people gets its own rep prior to being floated (note that such is not possible in Belknap beginning with Sanbornton/Tilton). I’ve also used the Parison method of allotting Reps in certain floterial (Meredith/Gilford for example).
I have attempted to underline any item in which the deviation exceeds five percent.
Enjoy, and stop moaning.
It's kind of like the old story of Little Red Hen, no one willing to help make the bread but everyone salivating to get in line to eat it.