Thomas D. Elias: Redrawn districts produce yawns, consternation | Columnists

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Depending on who you are, California’s newly redrawn congressional district lines are producing either big yawns or a lot of consternation.

Yes, there is the usual posturing. The state’s hugely outnumbered Republican Party, for example, issued a statement immediately after seeing the changes, saying “It’s going to be tough running in 2022 with a D behind your name.” Probably incorrect.

For it now appears that even though one Democratic district was virtually obliterated in the mapping process (Lucille Roybal-Allard’s current 40th, in eastern Los Angeles County), California Democrats will end up with at least as many House seats as they now hold. No surprise, Roybal-Allard, 80, announced her impending retirement just days before the new lines became official.

Yes, there will be some churn. For example, if the Latino…

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