But once again the court, responding to challenges brought by conservatives, has chosen to delve into some elections issues that had been thought long settled. In a case from Arizona, the court could prevent the increasing use of citizen commissions to draw congressional district lines. Arizona, California and some other states have, in one way or another, used these commissions to take the redistricting issue out of the hands of self-interested state legislatures. But in Arizona, where the independent commission was enacted by referendum, the Republican-controlled Legislature is now challenging the practice as unconstitutional.
This is fascinating and terrifying. The courts are supposed to be there to protect the people, aren't they? To serve the course of justice, not of self-serving politicians. Oh silly me, thinking such a thing. The people of Arizona made their wishes known. They voted in an independent commission to set congressional district lines. And the party in power doesn't like that. Because they want to set the district lines to protect their power, to hell with the best interests of the people.