Redistricting is over. A tense special legislative session, followed by lawsuits, followed by disagreement between the Supreme Court and the judge appointed to sort it all out confirms that nobody will be entirely happy with the new districts.
As Sen. Bill Payne said at one point, “Every plan we get down here, we’ll think somebody’s thumb was on the scale.”
The 2000 redistricting was also far from perfect. Then Senate President Pro Tem Richard Romero, a Democrat, cut a deal with Republicans to protect incumbents, said Sen. Dede Feldman, D-Albuquerque. So the 2000 redistricting didn’t adequately reflect growth and change in the state.