"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

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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