Gerrymandering

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Gerrymandering

Postby snoqueen » Thu May 15, 2014 9:17 pm

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/won ... s/?hpid=z3

We've discussed gerrymandering on the forum before, and I thought people might like to see a (possible) quantifiable definition of gerrymandering, how specifically it works, and what some of the most preposterous districts in the nation look like (how about "the praying mantis?" Or "Goofy kicking Donald Duck?").

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Re: Gerrymandering

Postby Huckleby » Thu May 15, 2014 9:39 pm

If Dems want to fix this problem, they have to eliminate gerrymandering unilaterally in states they control. Tough step to take, but it's a start.

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Re: Gerrymandering

Postby Donald » Thu May 15, 2014 9:53 pm

In theory, it would be great to have fairly constructed districts. That is best for democracy.

However, the state of the Republican Party is such that our democracy is under the assault by their continual attacks on voting rights and democratic institutions. Playing fair with them is like playing fair with Stalin. Until the Republican Party changes or goes extinct, I'd rather see Democrats gerrymander their states so much that there could be no Republican who wins,

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Re: Gerrymandering

Postby Igor » Thu May 15, 2014 10:04 pm

It is worth noting that some of the districts are required to be gerrymandered by the Voting Rights act.

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Re: Gerrymandering

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:56 pm

A Florida judge stuck down the state's redistricting, call it a "mockery'' for favoring Republicans.

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Re: Gerrymandering

Postby Huckleby » Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:23 pm

The Democrats need to take a principled stand against gerrymandering. Seek bipartisan support. As long as the "everyone does it" excuse is in the air, nothing will change. Democrats complain, but will they act?

The writing is on the wall: the courts are a very weak mechanism to deal with gerrymandering. Legal challenges have very limited effect at end of day. Now that voting rights act is weakened, legal approach is even weaker. Have to work through politics.

Both political parties are interested chiefly in protecting their jobs. They have no incentive to deal with gerrymandering. Republicans benefit a bit more from gerrymandering, so Democrats will have to do most of work of making a change.

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Re: Gerrymandering

Postby Henry Vilas » Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:25 pm

It's up to individual states to create a fair mechanism for redistricting. Like Iowa.


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