Nelson Morgan, an Emeritus Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, is also a co-Director of Neighbors Forward AZ, a local non-profit dedicated to connecting good neighbors to achieve a peaceful, healthy society. He is the author of “We Can Fix It: How to disrupt the Impact of Big Money on politics”, with a foreword by George Lakoff.
Arizona redistricting and destiny: The 2022 results mostly match the 2021 expectations
By: Nelson Morgan and Deborah Howard - December 5, 2022
Democrats in Arizona are celebrating electoral victories in a year that seemed to strongly favor Republicans. But unlike in 2018, there was also no blue wave. Here in Arizona, election results for legislative and congressional district seats matched post-redistricting predictions surprisingly well. How much influence did the approved maps have on these outcomes? More than […]
What would be a fair district map in Arizona?
By: Nelson Morgan - November 29, 2021
While fairness is not literally one of the six Arizona redistricting criteria, it should be everyone’s goal. In fact, the original proposition that Arizonans voted for to create the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission has a preamble that gives its purpose as, “To oversee the mapping of fair and competitive congressional and legislative districts.” The concept […]
AIRC must draw fair districts that properly balance criteria, including competitiveness
By: Deborah Howard and Nelson Morgan - October 12, 2021
The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is preparing to immerse itself in the heart of its task: creating new boundaries for the state’s nine congressional and 30 legislative districts. This Friday the commissioners will meet to propose changes to the maps and are scheduled to generate an official “draft map” a week later. After that, they […]
Redistricting should unite us around commonalities, not separate our ideologies
By: Nelson Morgan - August 26, 2021
In late July and early August, Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission conducted a “listening tour,” holding 15 open hearings around the state. The point of the exercise was for the five commissioners to hear the views of the public about their “communities of interest.” A community of interest is often a geographic region where residents shop, […]