Part 8 in Evan Burger’s series on Iowa redistricting.
This morning, Iowa’s nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency (LSA) released their second redistricting proposal on October 21. Here’s a quick analysis of the Congressional map included in Plan 2; Laura Belin will write a companion piece examining the legislative maps later today.
The big takeaway is that this plan strongly resembles Iowa’s current map of U.S. House districts, especially when you look at the ten largest counties. Here is how Plan 2 groups those counties:
- IA-01: Johnson (Iowa City), Scott (Quad Cities)
- IA-02: Linn (Cedar Rapids), Black Hawk (Waterloo/Cedar Falls), Dubuque
- IA-03: Polk (Des Moines area), Dallas (Des Moines suburbs)
- IA-04: Story (Ames), Woodbury (Sioux City), Pottawattamie (Council Bluffs)
The current map groups those counties the same way, with the exception of Pottawattamie, which moves from the Polk district to the Story district.Continue Reading...