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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

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Blogger The Senate Site said...

KCPW: No 4th Seat, But Effort Not Wasted

Bramble Cites Bipartisan Effort to Get Job Done
Dec 05, 2006 by Lara Jones

Word out of Washington is that the U.S. House of Representatives will not act on a bill to give Utah a fourth seat in Congress before it recesses this week. That's no surprise to State Senator Curtis Bramble, who chaired the Utah Senate's Redistricting Committee. He says Washington was sending mixed signals all along:

"We were getting mixed signals form Washington and we knew that there was some chance that this wouldn't happen," says Bramble. However, "it'll be interesting to see what happens in the next legislative session with [House] Speaker Pelosi, because from all that I've gotten from D.C. today, it seems like there is still a great deal of interest in trying to move forward."

12/05/2006 6:26 PM  
Anonymous Tom Grover said...

I never understood how this was good for Republicans- Create a permanant Democratic seat in Congress for what may or may not be a Republican seat after 2010. Furthermore, if DC can have a congressman, then why not 2 Senators?

I'm glad to see this failed. It was unconstitutional, impractical and unneccessary. A waste of a special session of the legislature.

12/05/2006 8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The one thing I've never understood in counting the votes, is why everyone assumes that the DC seat will ALWAYS be Democrat? Hell, there was a time one would never have imagined that Utah would ever have a Republican representative. Now, one wonders if Democrats can ever elect anyone in a state-wide race.... than again, maybe that's why the dominant party wants to compact Congressman Matheson's district as he was beginning to make inroads into otherwise 'safe' Republican districts.

12/05/2006 11:44 PM  
Anonymous Justin said...

Why should the people of DC not have a representative and 2 Senators? Wyoming does. Why are the 580,000 people in the District of Columbia not entitled to the same amount of representation in Congress that the 490,000 people in Wyoming have? Is that fair?

12/05/2006 11:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The answer, of course, is that Wyoming is a S T A T E . Review your Constitution. D.C. wasn't envisioned to be a politically powerful entity on par with the 13+ states - and everyone living there knew that going in. By the way, 490,000 people in Wyoming seems a little high - does that number include antelope?

12/06/2006 12:43 AM  
Blogger The Senate Site said...

"We did the impossible"

From Paul Rolly's "Was Utah Used?" blog:

"They didn't think we would draw up a fair congressional map that would get bi-partisan support and pass it in time. So they could look like they were trying to do it to appease Washington, D.C., and then blame it on us for not getting a map done in time," the legislator said. "But we did the impossible. We got it done in time and then they balked."

Some insiders say Republicans in Congress were worried about passing the legislation now because the Fourth District for Utah that was drawn up and approved in the special sesison was not a sure thing for Republicans. The result could have been two more seats for the Democrats.

12/06/2006 3:34 PM  

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