10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Press-Enterprise

Inland lawmakers state Sen. Joel Anderson and Rep. Ken Calvert would seem to have had their prayers answered in the Senate and congressional remaps approved last month.

Anderson, R-Alpine, lives in a redrawn district with nearly a 20-point Republican registration advantage. It includes Rancho Santa Fe, one of the wealthiest communities in the country and a major source of political cash.

Calvert, R-Corona, lives in a redrawn district with a 16-point Republican registration advantage. His recent status as a potential Democratic target would become a thing of the past.

Both, however, say they are OK with some Republicans’ efforts to overturn the maps crafted by the independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Anderson, in fact, has given to $10,000 to the effort to scrap the Senate lines, which some Republicans believe all but guarantee that Democrats will reach a two-thirds majority in 2012.

Anderson joked that the referendum effort could produce maps that put him in a Democrat-leaning seat, as did an early commission draft. “Everyone has to do what they think is right,” he said.

Asked whether he would support a challenge to the redistricting panel’s lines, Calvert said, “I might.”

Calvert said the Senate lines appear more problematic than the House seats. But while Riverside County’s House members were largely satisfied with the commission’s handiwork, he sympathized with some of those elsewhere in the state who were not.

“Obviously, there’s some anger going on in L.A. County and Orange County,” Calvert said. “We all want to have fair congressional districts. We’ll see where this process goes.”

field general

Riverside County Assemblyman Brian Nestande has handled his share of political footballs. Now his staff includes someone who can throw the real thing.

Former NFL quarterback Tony Graziani has joined Nestande’s staff as a part-time field representative in the Republican lawmaker’s Palm Desert office.

Graziani was a standout at the University of Oregon in the mid-1990s, leading the Ducks to the Cotton Bowl in 1994 and to the Rose Bowl in 1995.

The political science major was drafted in 1997 by the Atlanta Falcons, where he played for three seasons and was part of the team that went to the Super Bowl in 1999. He played for the Cleveland Browns in 2000.

Graziani also put in several years in the Arena Football League, last playing for the Philadelphia Soul in 2008. Today, Graziani has his real estate license and also is an ESPN analyst, Nestande said.

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