Hundreds of Hoosiers showed up at nine hearings scheduled by General Assembly Republican majorities this past week on the once-in-a-decade topic of redistricting.

The final hearing was in the packed House Chambers on Wednesday, a day before the U.S. Census Bureau released the critical data needed to forge the maps creating 150 General Assembly and nine congressional districts. Many Democrats were skeptical of these pre-data hearings, suggesting that they were little more than dog and pony shows, with the real maps forged by high-paid political consultants in backrooms out of view from the public.

Brian A. Howey is publisher of Howey Politics Indiana at www. Find him on Facebook or Twitter @hwypol.

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