A Good Political Cause to Throw Some Dollars At

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee usually gets overlooked, but in a reapportionment cycle, it deserves our support.

And I want no snide comments about ending a sentence (headline) with a preposition.  It’s true.

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.

Reward good behavior.

Author: Jonathan Zasloff

Jonathan Zasloff teaches Torts, Land Use, Environmental Law, Comparative Urban Planning Law, Legal History, and Public Policy Clinic - Land Use, the Environment and Local Government. He grew up and still lives in the San Fernando Valley, about which he remains immensely proud (to the mystification of his friends and colleagues). After graduating from Yale Law School, and while clerking for a federal appeals court judge in Boston, he decided to return to Los Angeles shortly after the January 1994 Northridge earthquake, reasoning that he would gladly risk tremors in order to avoid the average New England wind chill temperature of negative 55 degrees. Professor Zasloff has a keen interest in world politics; he holds a PhD in the history of American foreign policy from Harvard and an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University. Much of his recent work concerns the influence of lawyers and legalism in US external relations, and has published articles on these subjects in the New York University Law Review and the Yale Law Journal. More generally, his recent interests focus on the response of public institutions to social problems, and the role of ideology in framing policy responses. Professor Zasloff has long been active in state and local politics and policy. He recently co-authored an article discussing the relationship of Proposition 13 (California's landmark tax limitation initiative) and school finance reform, and served for several years as a senior policy advisor to the Speaker of California Assembly. His practice background reflects these interests: for two years, he represented welfare recipients attempting to obtain child care benefits and microbusinesses in low income areas. He then practiced for two more years at one of Los Angeles' leading public interest environmental and land use firms, challenging poorly planned development and working to expand the network of the city's urban park system. He currently serves as a member of the boards of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (a state agency charged with purchasing and protecting open space), the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (the leading legal service firm for low-income clients in east Los Angeles), and Friends of Israel's Environment. Professor Zasloff's other major activity consists in explaining the Triangle Offense to his very patient wife, Kathy.

9 thoughts on “A Good Political Cause to Throw Some Dollars At”

  1. Some people should not be allowed to voice their opinion on the Internet. The government should step in and shut this hateful website down for all of the lies and distortions it spreads.

    Yes, that was sarcasm, dripping with irony. Modern liberals, for all their screeching about "Neocons", represent the real fascist threat to liberty. (When you read what you wrote does it cause even the remotest twinge?) But slowly, one delicious leak at a time, we're seeing the truth.

  2. I believe the DLCC logo you have displayed is incorrect!

    Shouldn't it be the Hammer and Sickle on a blood-red background?

  3. Having read posts by Yglesias and by Ezra Klein today, I wish Jonathan good luck as it looks like it's his turn to be the object of the Ten Minute Hate, and the flying monkeys are doubtless swarming.

  4. Brett,

    Shocking: people said intemperate or even dumb things in a private collection of 25000 emails. What gives you a right to read them, especially if, as here, there's no conspiracy or misconduct?

  5. It is not sufficient to eliminate reactionary media outlets. Uncooperative members of the press should also be banned. George Stephanopoulos has been asking embarrassing questions as of late.

  6. I think we should see all of the Journolist emails, and then use the Internet Wayback Machine to see what was said and what the list members actually did.

    Let's see these movie reviews and date night tips by the liberal media elite. Oh, and the discussions on journalistic ethics! I really want to read what leftist opinion writers that call for violence and advocate smearing their opponents with the charge of racism have to say about ethics.

    TRANSPARENCY NOW! (Or a week from now, one story at a time. Drip, drip, drip….)

  7. I think the word "jerrymandering" absolutely should be thrown around, every election year and in between. I live in wacko Rep. Steve King's safe district,. I'd be interested to see if he could be elected at all if Iowa's members of Congress were elected statewide by proportional representation.

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