The Denver Post – Kent Thiry, the multimillionaire CEO of DaVita Inc., announced Wednesday that he would throw his weight — and presumably his wealth — behind an ongoing effort to change how Colorado draws the boundaries of statehouse and congressional seats.
His decision to join Fair Districts Colorado, which wants to transform the state’s redistricting process, comes a year after Thiry bankrolled a similar campaign — the passage of two ballot measures that gave unaffiliated voters the ability to participate in Democratic and Republican primaries.
Durango Herald – Should voters pick their legislative representatives or should politicians pick their voters? Should congressional and legislative district boundaries – adjusted every 10 years after the Census – be drawn by partisans for partisans? Or should maps be drawn by a balanced, independent commission using nonpartisan staff who are obligated to use neutral, fair criteria?