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GOP Keeps House Edge
in Democratic-leaning States

Associated Press, by Charles Babington

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 7/12/2014 8:26:25 AM

Raleigh, NC - Democrats have long claimed that Republicans abused their legislative powers to elect a disproportionate number of U.S. House members. Now a Florida court is lending credence to their complaint. The full impact of the Florida ruling — plus a similar lawsuit pending in North Carolina — won’t be known for some while. For now, at least, they shine light on the fiercely partisan practice of gerrymandering, in which state officials draw congressional districts to help their party. Republicans and Democrats have engaged in gerrymandering for decades. Republicans refined the practice in 2011,

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When the dRATS can´t win by election, they take their faux indignation to an activist federal court that will rule in their favor. Due to the census, this happens every ten years (decade).

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: canuckchopper, 7/12/2014 8:28:25 AM     (No. 9920957)

It´s the AP - don´t expect anything like a balanced article.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Avikingman, 7/12/2014 8:52:57 AM     (No. 9920984)

If it´s legal, whatever it takes to beat the ´RATs. My history isn´t good enough to know who started it, but mostly it was ´RATs who gerrymandered black districts that I remember.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Dalen, 7/12/2014 8:55:52 AM     (No. 9920991)

They should come to california which has made it impossible for a republican to win with their gerrymandering - they´ve got the lines tweaked so bad it´s insane wherever there is a chance of red (I´m speaking in the greater bay area) they´ve really made some weird lines on top of the fact that they have the voting now so that the top two winners of the primary go to the general so we don´t even have a vote - quit your whining - we could go to court but need I say more????

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 7/12/2014 10:18:22 AM     (No. 9921129)

This is good news and if we can all get ourselves on the same page for 2016 and vote, more good things will happen and there may be some hope for this country yet.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Butch59, 7/12/2014 11:18:41 AM     (No. 9921222)

I could hardly contain myself while reading this. Every time the Dims get control of any state legislature, they go wild when re-drawing congressional districts, but let the Republicans do the same, then it becomes so horrendous that lawsuits must be filed and friendly judges must make decisions to redraw the districts to included more dim voters. It boggles the mind. Doesn´t anyone ever read or know about history?/rant

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mws50, 7/12/2014 11:41:50 AM     (No. 9921272)

Yea, those nasty Texas republicans drew a district so convoluted, there were almost no democrats in adjacent districts. Now we are stuck with Sheila Jackson Lee as a representative of a group of incredibly stupid Texans.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: dman, 7/12/2014 2:52:08 PM     (No. 9921515)

After smoothing out a jagged coastline, there should be a ratio of a district´s perimeter to its contained area that should trigger a gerrymandering review.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 7/12/2014 2:56:28 PM     (No. 9921521)

FTA:Americans cast 1.4 million more votes for Democratic House candidates than for GOP House candidates in 2012.

That´s a meaningless stat. Many Dems are virtually unchallenged because of their district´s composition, so they win 4-1, 5-1, or more. It´s like saying whichever baseball team scores the most runs over the season should be awarded the World Series. Doesn´t work like that.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: oldmagnolia, 7/12/2014 3:17:14 PM     (No. 9921535)

My opinion is that we should have only one senator named by the governor of the state as it was the original intent of the constitution. For the house, I will divide the state in the middle horizontally and vertically with only four representatives in the house. We could cut the corruption by 50% or more. Besides, then they will have to "work for us" for a change. Two terms and no more.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: TXknitter, 7/12/2014 4:01:34 PM     (No. 9921565)

Thank you #9. This is the common sense approach to actually FIXING D.C. that the GOP establishment works night and day to see never materializes.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: jhboatwright, 7/12/2014 4:36:47 PM     (No. 9921592)

Do Not Wowwy
Do Not Fear
The Won´t-Worker-Voters Will Save The 0th Reich Yet!

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