I’m not quite sure why, but over the last two days I’ve gotten several fundraising calls from the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, which works to create and expand Democratic majorities in state legislatures. It’s a worthwhile cause.
This year, however, it could be even more vital than normal. The reason is obvious: reapportionment. State legislatures will be reapportioning Congressional districts in 2011, and we don’t want GOP legislatures setting district lines that make Democratic control of the House more difficult.
I hesitate to throw the word “gerrymandering” around, mainly because I am skeptical that there is some Platonic Form of Congressional District that Good People would agree on if the Evil Ones would stay out. Egregious practices like those of Tom DeLay aside, basically both parties want to maximize their seats. That said, given that the entire GOP is now essentially built in DeLay’s image (left), you can’t be too careful.
The DLCC seems to me to be an effective organization, because there is no way for me to know about legislative races in other states. They deserve a few dollars sent their way.