So this is how democracy dies: with a cowardly surrender of responsibility, a censure of anyone not currently in a legislative supermajority, and a feeble sigh of resignation.

Too harsh? Good.

It was a virtual one-two punch to our old friend democracy and it’s every single New Yorker who will feel the full force of the blows. In just one week, the Independent Redistricting Commission abdicated it’s voter-mandated constitutional duty to provide fair, independent redistricting maps; the state Assembly limited the terms of and opportunity for debate in the state’s lower chamber; and then doubled-down on that notion by placing arbitrary limits on citizens’ rights to participate in our own government.

Read the full piece at RealClear Policy.

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Tim Hoefer

Tim Hoefer is president & CEO of the Empire Center for Public Policy.

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