First thing that popped into my head, after looking at the maps, was that the Republicans are better than the Democrats at partisan redistricting. If you’re going to engage in it, do for the benefit of the party as opposed to the benefit of individuals, as a former Republican delegate from Virginia Beach once told me.
Second thing is while I still have Ralph Northam as my Senator, the split of constituents in the soon-to-be-gone 87th House district means that I’m now in the 83rd, with Chris Stolle as my delegate. While not unexpected, I was hoping for Lynnwood Lewis in the 100th. (Click on map to enlarge – old districts are outlined in blue, new districts in green.)
Finally, while I doubt they are going to listen to the citizens – since they have shown little propensity to do so to this point – I’m going to try to attend the Hampton Roads House and Senate P&E Committees’ public hearing Thursday night. It will be held at 7pm at Hampton University – Student Center Ballroom, 135 Marshall Avenue, Hampton, VA 23668.