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  •  Holy crap this is cool! (1+ / 0-)
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    MilesC

    I've wanted a detailed Louisiana map forever.  Excellent job as usual.

    21, male, new CA-18 (home and voting there), LA-2 (college)

    by Jeff Singer on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 02:14:50 PM PDT

    •  and from what I see (1+ / 0-)
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      Louisiana is very detailed. To the point that Rodney Alexander gets a district that he can't drive all the way through (look at the connection over the Mississippi).

      Plus they had to keep Metairie and St. Tammany in the same district, and slice up the areas of SE Louisiana not in LA03.

      It wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if the new more-Republican legislature went back and redrew these maps a bit in Southeast Louisiana.

      BTW, Republicans have a guaranteed win in the Louisiana Senate as Democrats didn't run in 22 districts, including 2 districts they held, in the 39-member Senate.

      And Republicans in the Louisiana House have to win 7 D v. R districts to win the House as 43 districts are Republicans-only, 3 are Republicans v. an 3rd parties, 1 is an independent incumbent v. a Republican, and there's 28 D v. R districts. So a majority is 53 and they have have 46 already.

      But maybe a coalition of D2R switchers and Ds can keep the longtime Republicans from having much structural control and they can redraw the districts to make them less bizarre.

      The Republican Party isn't a party of small government, it's a party of a government for the few. @bhindepmo

      by RBH on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 02:45:43 PM PDT

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      •  The LA maps are evil but will probably stay (0+ / 0-)

        The current maps do what they need to: keep 5 districts safe for the GOP.  Redistricting is almost always a decisive subject even without partisanship taken into account: this tine there was a big fight over creating two north to south districts or two east to west ones (north to south won).  I'm betting the legislatures are very happy to have this behind them and don't want to revisit it.

        21, male, new CA-18 (home and voting there), LA-2 (college)

        by Jeff Singer on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 02:55:43 PM PDT

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        •  yeah (0+ / 0-)

          although if St. Tammany wants a Congressman, they'll have a better shot in a Baton Rouge/Livingston district than a Jefferson district, right?

          The New Orleans to Baton Rouge district was no surprise at all.

          The Louisiana Democrats really hemorrhaged a lot of state-level support in the coastal area post Katrina and post Deepwater. But at least LA/MS/AL&FL are doing ads with BP inviting people to the Gulf Coast. So everything must be normal.

          Actually the one area of the state that got screwed in redistricting is the St. Bernard/Plaquemines area, as they're gonna get a Senator from St. Tammany again. But then again, would it be that bad of a move to consolidate St. Bernard and Plaquemines seeing as their population centers are right next to each other and there's a bunch of other land that both parishes must cover somehow?

          The Republican Party isn't a party of small government, it's a party of a government for the few. @bhindepmo

          by RBH on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 03:08:19 PM PDT

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      •  That's embarrassing (1+ / 0-)
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        not fielding candidates in seats you hold.  I remember the Hawaii GOP forgot to find someone to run for the seat of a retiring Republican senator in 2006.  Keep in mind at the time Republicans only had 4 out of 25 senators.  They obviously lost that one, then another in 2008, and finally a third in 2010 leaving them at their widely mocked position of 1 out of 25 senators today.

        •  I thought HI Reps lost a seat due to that in 08 (1+ / 0-)
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          but yeah, now Lake Charles and Morgan City get to elect Republicans because not a single Dem could be found to run.

          Then again, the Dem field for Governor is 4 candidates, and you could argue that they could have put 3 of those 4 in one of the 4 races Dems didn't contest (Lt. Gov/Sec of State/AG/Treasurer).

          Louisiana Dems pretty much get to be the swing vote to pick their favorite Republican in Dardenne/Nungesser, Tucker/Schedler, and Caldwell/Cao

          The Republican Party isn't a party of small government, it's a party of a government for the few. @bhindepmo

          by RBH on Fri Sep 09, 2011 at 05:06:08 PM PDT

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          •  You are correct (0+ / 0-)

            I went back and looked; I was mistaken.  What happened in 2006 was that Republicans and Democrats swapped one contested open seat each (although the GOP pickup was by Mike Gabbard who became a "Democrat" soon after).  In 2008 Democrats took two GOP seats, one an incumbent and the other one the seat that Republicans couldn't find a warm pulse to run for.  And then in 2010 we got the seat of the retiring minority leader.

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