By Lisa Kashinsky | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: May 23, 2019 at 8:30 pm | UPDATED: May 23, 2019 at 8:30 pm A national conservative group focused on government reform says it wants to take on gerrymandering in deeply blue Massachusetts. Alabama-based Take Back Our Republic wants to replace the Legislature’s redistricting process with a nonpartisan commission in the Bay State, with the aim of increasing voters’ access to their elected officials, said John Pudner, the group’s executive director. “We’re going to get districts that are much fairer for people,” Pudner said. Take Back Our Republic plans to follow the model that was adopted in Michigan last year — using a ballot initiative to create a 13-member independent commission that would redraw district lines based on the 2020 census. Pudner, a former Republican operative who worked on the 2000 Bush campaign, noted districts have long been drawn by partisan politicians. But, instead of leaving it up to legislators, an independent commission would set the lines based not on “which party it benefits — we’re not trying to add or subtract seats — but what is better for voters,” he said. “I know some incumbents will resist this because they feel like… Read full this story
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