By James Hirsen
Henry Waxman, one of the most powerful and thoroughly liberal members of Congress, is calling it quits after 40 years. Waxman represents an area that is famous for both its left-leaning politics and immense affluence. The 33rd Congressional District of California includes much of Los Angeles' west side, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, West Hollywood, and the beach communities of Venice, Manhattan Beach and Santa Monica.
As is typical in this age of gerrymandering, the 33rd district is a newly drawn one, based on data from recent censuses. President Barack Obama won the district back in 2012, with his garnering of almost 61 percent of the vote. A glut of candidates already seems to be geared up to try and out-liberal one another. Because of the voting trends in the district, the ultimate winner of the congressional race will secure what is considered to be a safe seat. Additionally, a victory will most likely provide the individual with a legislator position that could last a lifetime. [more...]