Redistricting issue isn’t going away

In the 2012 election, Republicans increased their control of the state Legislature despite getting substantially fewer total votes than Democrats. This was done, Mayer said, by packing Democrats into safe districts while creating a slight edge for Republicans in many more.

Beat was busy in 2013

In some newsrooms, reporters and editors fondly welcome odd-numbered years.

That’s because these are election-lite: No races for president, governor, attorney general or the state Legislature. No glut of partisan candidates trying to open new orifices in each other’s anatomies. Hooray.

But in covering a beat like money and politics, there is no break in the action. A glance back through a year’s worth of weekly columns confirms it.