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Gates: ‘Compromise has become a dirty word’

By   /  Friday, March 2nd, 2012  /  Latest news  /  Comments Off on Gates: ‘Compromise has become a dirty word’

[EDITOR’s NOTE: This story was updated at 1:50 p.m. on March 2, 2012] Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates delivered a ringing endorsement to California’s citizen-led redistricting effort, saying in a March 2 speech in Santa Barbara that extreme forces on the political left and right must learn to compromise if America is going to get Read More →

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Editorial: The region’s political landscape is changing

By   /  Monday, July 18th, 2011  /  Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: The region’s political landscape is changing

California’s redistricting commission is about ready to reveal its final plans for drawing congressional maps and two things are becoming crystal clear. First, House districts for the Tri-Counties will be much more competitive than in the past. Second, Ventura County is paying a political price for the slow-growth policies that have kept population growth in Read More →

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Editorial: A more transparent future for area politics

By   /  Friday, April 15th, 2011  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: A more transparent future for area politics

The current way the region’s political districts are carved out is grossly unfair.

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Editorial: Safe seats aren’t forever

By   /  Monday, November 8th, 2010  /  Editorials, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Editorial: Safe seats aren’t forever

Right now it’s hard to imagine the Central Coast represented in Congress by someone other than Elton Gallegly, R-Simi Valley, or Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara. And it’s hard to imagine Assembly districts safer than the ones won by Democrat Das Williams or Republican Jeff Gorrell. But the day is coming when, thanks to redistricting, congressional Read More →

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