Live Blog: New Mass. Congressional Map Released

The News: Massachusetts legislators have redrawn the state’s congressional map with nine districts, overhauling the previous map by putting two incumbents in the same district, introducing a new district, and creating the state’s first “majority-minority” district. (Read the full story here.)

Click the map to go to the state's site for the full-size version.

Click the map to go to the state's site for the full-size version.

The live blog begins below. Newest updates on top. Refresh for the latest.

Update at 5:56 p.m.:

A few details indicate how sweeping some of the map changes are. To wit, State House News reports:

According to [Rep. Mike] Moran, 64 percent of the Worcester-based seat – currently known as the 3rd Congressional district – would be comprised of new communities, while the 47 percent of Neal’s 2nd Congressional district would be new cities and towns.

To compare, here’s the existing map.

Update at 5:54 p.m.:

Rep. Michael Moran, the redistricting co-chair, said this to the Globe about the map:

“We’ve drawn up what we believe … is an accurate reflection of where the people of the Commonwealth are,” Moran said….

“This is clearly not drawn for incumbents,’’ he said. “If it was, it would look a little different.”

Update at 5:40 p.m.:

Some congressional reaction has trickled in over the past couple of hours. Rep. Stephen Lynch:

… While we understood that each district would have to change, I am pleased to see that almost 80 percent of the Ninth Congressional District has remained intact. As for the newer areas, a big part of my family moved to Quincy and to Weymouth many years ago so I have a deep respect for those communities and it would be an honor for me to represent them. Of course, in the end it is the voters who decide who will represent them — not the other way around.

An excerpt of Rep. Niki Tsongas’ statement:

… Throughout this process, I advocated for the Fifth Congressional District to be preserved to the greatest extent possible given its shared history, communities of interest, and geography. The map released today maintains the core of this District and ensures that these cities and towns will remain a cohesive and integral part of the District. …

Update at 3:20 p.m.:

Ben Storrow, of the Daily Hampshire Gazette, talks to state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg, who co-chaired the Legislature’s Redistricting Committee: “I can’t believe there is a single happy member of the delegation,” Rosenberg tells Storrow. “We needed balance and fairness…. 40 years of gerrymandering had produced some stringy districts.”

Update at 3:10 p.m.:

The Cambridge Chronicle notes that the city is now split between the districts currently held by Reps. Ed Markey and Michael Capuano.

Update at 2:40 p.m.:

More notes:

– Universal Hub zooms in on the new map’s effect in Boston: “It’s a bit hard to tell from the online maps, but it looks like Washington Street becomes the border between Capuano and Lynch once past Egleston,” he says.

- The MetroWest Daily News’ David Riley has a good rundown of towns that switch districts, including “new areas [Frank picks up] to the west and north” of his current district.

Update at 2:10 p.m.:

Some early notes, now that the map’s been released:

- As reported earlier, Reps. Stephen Lynch and William Keating have been placed in the same district.

- The district represented by Somerville Rep. Michael Capuano becomes a minority-majority district. The Globe’s Noah Bierman tweets that Capuano’s district “adds more minorities in Milton and Randolph.”

- The district represented by Rep. Barney Frank has lost New Bedford and parts of Fall River to the new Cape, Islands and Plymouth district.

- Rep. Niki Tsongas’ district (currently the 5th) maintains the Democratic stronghold of Lawrence, and also picks up a few towns west.

- The district currently held by Rep. James McGovern now includes the Democratic strongholds of Amherst and Northampton, The Boston Phoenix’s David Bernstein notes.

Update at 1:29 p.m.: The map is live. Click this map to go to the state’s site, where you can zoom in on individual municipalities.

Click the map to go to the state's site for the full-size version.

Click the map to go to the state's site for the full-size version.

Update at 1:15 p.m.:

WCVB-TV’s Janet Wu is one of the first to get a look at the proposed map. She reports there will indeed be a match-up between incumbents — Reps. Stephen Lynch, of South Boston, and William Keating, of Quincy.

But, she says, “There is an easy political out for Keating.” Keating could move his primary residence to his Cape Cod summer home and run in the newly proposed 9th Congressional District, which would include the Cape, the Islands and Plymouth.

Original post at 1 p.m.

In just about an hour, sources say, Massachusetts legislators will release online the state’s redrawn map of congressional districts. To bring you up to speed:

  • Late last year, Massachusetts learned it would lose one of its 10 congressional seats, after U.S. Census figures showed that the state’s population failed to match the growth of other states.
  • In October, after previously stating that he would seek re-election, Rep. John Olver, of Amherst, announced he would retire at the end of his term. Olver’s decision means nine incumbents for nine districts, and it was thought his retirement could make it easier to avoid a match-up between representatives.
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  • Fnhaggerty

    This week starts a new week in the wind turbine noise issues and a new town will be in the news !

    Fairhaven,Massachusetts  Wind Turbine Omelet

    This Veterans Day contractors were clearing land on the public bike path behind the Fairhaven Waste Water Treatment Plant. The location is where a pitched legal battle has gone on for years by nearby residents. The battle lines appear to be drawn again even while the rest of country observed the holiday the wind turbine contractors march on.Safety issues took a back seat, no public notice about the construction, lack of a police detail, lack of any signs or permits while earth moving machines used the public bike path to throw trees and rocks hundreds of feet. They say you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet. Recently the Wind 1 turbine in Falmouth was shut down because it was making 50 residents ill from the human annoyance or harmonic frequency given off by that turbine .The Falmouth residents had been told the same thing : “you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet.” Many of the Falmouth residents had been living in their basements to escape the noise. The Falmouth Wind 1 turbine had originally be scheduled to be built in Fairhaven  back in 2007 .As a musical instrument of war used for sound, the Scottish bag pipes were without equal, according to historians. The shrill and penetrating notes worked well in the roar and din of battle and pipes could be heard at distances up to 10 miles. Israeli police and army are importing and using a nauseating noise machine to avoid casualties among Palestinians. The noise doesn’t kill anyone it just makes them sick as in the case in Falmouth.  The issues are an existing walking/bike trail, radio tower guide wires, high tension power lines to the existing radio shack, wetlands, marsh and the nearby wood elementary school not to mention the residential homes. The dangers of the turbines are the noise, shadow flicker or a strobe effect in area homes as the sun rises and sets, blade and ice throw and property devaluation around the turbines.The Town of Fairhaven voted for these two turbines over five years ago. If the residents had to vote again after the years long court battle over these two turbines and what happened in Falmouth to over fifty residents I think this would have a different outcome. How many eggs will they have to break in Fairhaven to make the wind turbine omelet? Those eggs are you and me the Jill and Joe home owners. The state of Massachusetts is in a mad rush to implement green energy policies, the state is creating a second class group of citizens through the poor siting of commercial wind turbines. Stop the turbines.

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