Abolish State Senates

Source: The American Prospect
by Harold Meyerson

“At first glance, California state Sen. Richard Richards might have seemed an exceptionally powerful lawmaker in 1960. The just-completed census revealed that Los Angeles County, home to just over six million people, constituted a whopping 38.4 percent of the entire state’s population. So Richards, as the county’s sole senator, could speak for more than one-third of the state’s residents. At second glance, however, Richards was no more than a legislative pip-squeak — and, more distressingly, so was Los Angeles. California, like virtually every other state, had shaped its upper house in the image of the U.S. Senate, apportioning its seats not by population but by jurisdiction. Every county was entitled to no more than one senator.” [editor’s note: Although this should be a satirical piece, rest assured this dingbat is serious – SAT] (07/26/22)