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Senator Amanda Ragan says gerrymandering is concern after GOP rejects redistricting map

This news story was published on October 12, 2021.
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Amanda Ragan

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing portions of Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties:


First redistricting plan voted down
Last week, legislators rejected the redistricting maps drawn up by our state’s nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency.

I voted for the maps when the Legislature met in special session October 5 because they meet the strict best-in-the-nation standards set out in Iowa law<> and the state Constitution. Iowans have made it clear that’s what they expect their elected leaders to do.

Rejecting the maps raises concerns about gerrymandering, which has muzzled citizens in many other states. Gerrymandering<> is when one party draws Congressional and state legislative districts in their favor to ensure they win the majority of seats. Partisan gerrymandering destroys the integrity of our elections, puts power in the hands of special interests and leads to corruption.

Adopting Map 2 can safeguard Iowans’ voices

The Legislative Services Agency will release a second nonpartisan proposal for new Congressional and state legislative districts by October 21. I plan to vote for the second map because I expect it will be drawn according to the same fair, nonpartisan standards as the first.

The Legislature must wait at least seven days after the proposal is released before voting on it. The special session to vote on the second map is set for Thursday, October 28.

What you can do before Oct. 28 vote
Please encourage your legislators to put Iowans first by adopting fair, nonpartisan maps. It’s about respecting the power and right of Iowa voters to decide the future of our state.

Find contact information for your Iowa House and Senate members at<>.

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15 Responses to Senator Amanda Ragan says gerrymandering is concern after GOP rejects redistricting map

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 15, 2021 at 5:03 am

    If you are in political office and have a D after your name I would change it to an R.
    FI&@ Joe Biden

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 14, 2021 at 4:44 am

    She needs to be defeated

  3. Manda the Pagan Reply Report comment

    October 13, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    What kind of moron votes for Dems anyway? Why do people think soaring costs of living and glamorized poverty are a good thing. Anybody with any type of morals or a sense of pride in their country, stands with conservatives. Left/liberals=communism.

    • NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

      October 14, 2021 at 10:04 am

      We do know there are countless “single mothers” out there living way above their means and barely working. They know the paperwork game to get paid by their real significant other, the Government.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        October 14, 2021 at 11:15 am

        You’re not really in any position to have a negative opinion of people who suckle at the government teat there buddy.

      • Wic Nick Reply Report comment

        October 15, 2021 at 10:00 am

        Not sure how this is related, but yes, abusing the system is definitely a left/dem trait. People like Ragan are all to willing to take hard earned money from Iowans and give it to the less ambitious.

  4. John Reply Report comment

    October 13, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    Amanda is clearly playing politics here as she claims the republicans of doing, that is what liberals do. This is not political or gerrymandering, this is the non partisan process that is rated top in the nation for fairness. The new map had obvious errors in several areas of the state on both the republican side and dem side. Two examples are Randy Finstra’s area, in his new district, he could never be beaten by a democrat. The other is Liz Mathis’s area, where she could never win over a dem. This process is just to refine the map to make things competitive as it should be. The next map will have to be adopted, whatever in looks like, they will have no choice. This is hardly gerrymandering. The republicans just flipped a coin and hoped they could get a better map. This is not partisan at all.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 13, 2021 at 6:13 pm

      In Iowa, the committee that determines the districts consists of 2 republicans, 2 democrats and one more person approved by the other 4. Good plan. The big problem is that if the legislature rejects all 3 of the commission’s proposals they can draw their own map. The governor also can veto any map approved by the commission and approved by the legislature. If our current legislative leaders and governor don’t like the non-partisan plan for any reason, it is toast. Since 1980, when this plan was first implemented, no legislature has failed to approve at least one of the commission’s 3 plans. No governor has ever vetoed one of the commission’s redistricting plans. We will have to wait to see what this legislature will do. I wouldn’t put any of my money on them approving any of the first three maps nor would I bet that the governor will stay out of it.

  5. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 13, 2021 at 6:43 am

    Thank God Iowa is a conservative state !!!

  6. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    October 12, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    Districts should be drawn as geographically compact as possible.

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      October 12, 2021 at 2:36 pm

      Only if one believes in doing what is right not what is right for the party. Unfortunately, the Republicans don’t believe that.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        October 12, 2021 at 6:01 pm

        The Republicans decided to play by the rules the Democrats have been playing for years.

        • Anonymous Reply Report comment

          October 12, 2021 at 7:23 pm

          Why would we expect anything different? The repukelicans have done nothing but attempt to restrict voting, falsely claim the election was rigged and kiss trumps ass. They will stop at nothing to retain power. They are gutless bootlickers.

          • Anonymous

            October 12, 2021 at 7:36 pm

            Gutless bootlickers? Wow at least Manford and Siennma
            (sp) aren’t

          • #letsgobrandon

            October 15, 2021 at 10:04 am

            All you idiots still keep rambling on about Trump. How about that babbling cadaver puppet, who can’t put enough words in a row to spit out a comprehendable sentance? Now the moron thinks we need to look into gas prices? Morons, Trump had it all under control, and this liver spotted fool couldn’t wait to undue all of Trumps people helping policies.