"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." - Thomas Jefferson (appears in the Jefferson Memorial)

Another advance look on redistricting

A little more Washington reapportionment background this weekend via a new piece in the Tacoma News Tribune.

It noted that Pierce County will be naming its own reapportionment panel in another two or three months, though that will affect only local offices, not state or federal.

A fun quote (with denials readied, no doubt, from the participants) by retired University of Washington demographer Richard Morrill: “It’s a fun game. The goal of the commission is to protect incumbents. That isn’t written into the law, but that’s what they will do.”

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