Last week's redistricting drama is exactly why journalists are vital

No natural disaster or other breaking news was happening. We weren’t worried about meeting a deadline. We stayed up late to do the people’s business.

Keeping a close eye on our government to make sure it is doing its work in a transparent, honorable and law-abiding way is what motivates many journalists. We joined this profession and stayed because we wanted to be government watchdogs.

Back to the tea. Washington’s Redistricting Commission scheduled its final meeting to go from  7 p.m. to one minute before midnight Monday. Scheduling a meeting to last five hours was unusual and our first clue. The bipartisan commission redrawing Washington’s political district maps based on

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