I owe the GOP a debt of gratitude. Its steadfast support for and financial backing of the 2010 Proposition 20, dubbed the VOTERS FIRST Act for Congress, generated a tectonic shift in the state's political landscape -- and altered the meaning of my vote.
In a good way, a startling consequence I did not foresee. Neither did the Republicans who threw millions of dollars into the campaign for its passage. Indeed, that money and the support it represented was why I opposed the initiative. The proposed redistricting of congressional and state legislative seats seemed a direct attack on the hold that the Democratic Party has had on the Golden State; I feared it because Republicans favored it.