Shirley Haidinger: If Lazich wants citizen involvement, she should schedule a hearing

2013-08-19T16:45:00Z 2013-08-23T09:37:10Z Shirley Haidinger: If Lazich wants citizen involvement, she should schedule a hearing

In her guest column last Sunday, Sen. Mary Lazich states: "Passionate citizen participation in government is the driving force that keeps our country strong and free."

Ironically, she then wonders why citizens are not more involved in the political process.

If she truly believes this, why is she unwilling to schedule public hearings on redistricting reform so citizens can have their say?

According to the Brennan Center for Justice, "Today, few congressional districts are competitive. Through the once-a-decade redistricting process, voters don’t choose lawmakers -- lawmakers routinely choose voters. Drawn by partisan legislatures, most districts now are truly one-party fiefdoms. The real battles often rage in primaries, which pull our representatives to the ideological fringe."

Apparently Lazich and Rep. Tyler August, R-Lake Geneva, like it that way, though none of Lazich’s arguments for keeping the current system are convincing and are at best disingenuous.

-- Shirley Haidinger, Madison

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