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  •  that would screw Barney Frank over (4+ / 0-)
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    New Bedford help keeps him safe, and he's well-known there, having been the representative for two decades.

    21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

    by sapelcovits on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 02:08:39 PM PDT

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    •  longer than that even -n/t (0+ / 0-)

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      by Mnemosyne on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 02:28:54 PM PDT

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    •  I understand that (1+ / 0-)
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      but Plymouth County is trending R these days, added to Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket and in a good year a Republican could win it. Moreover, the population up near Boston has little in common with Plymouth and south.

      •  Well (1+ / 0-)
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        New Bedford probably has more in common with Taunton and Fall River than with the very very rich South Shore.

        Besides, Keating's district has the edge of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Quincy. These all keep the district Democratic. I think it's fine as is, but if you really want to strengthen it, give it Randolph or Brockton.

        21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

        by sapelcovits on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 03:49:12 PM PDT

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    •  Not Necessarily (0+ / 0-)

      A South Coast/Cape/Islands district probably leaves Barney Frank with much of Metrowest, including Framingham.

      Stuck Between Stations : Thoughts from a bottomless pool of useless information.

      by Answer Guy on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 08:56:44 PM PDT

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      •  Framingham isn't nearly as blue (1+ / 0-)
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        as Fall River or New Bedford. Nor is Natick.

        21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

        by sapelcovits on Wed Oct 26, 2011 at 09:58:19 PM PDT

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        •  It's Not. But.... (1+ / 0-)
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          Frank would also be shedding some of those towns where Sean Bielat beat him 60:40 or worse though, and replacing them with Metrowest stuff with a lot of good towns and nothing worse than neutral.

          I think you're still right that he'd be none too pleased with a ton of new constituents who probably know who he is but don't know about his rep for outstanding constituent service. He's really going to want something that looks about the same even with all the red in the middle and amidst concerns that that arrangement makes a real hash out of COI.

          Stuck Between Stations : Thoughts from a bottomless pool of useless information.

          by Answer Guy on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 07:12:08 AM PDT

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          •  If you've seen Marcus Graly's map (0+ / 0-)

            I like the idea of giving JP and Allston-Brighton to Frank. He already has to deal with the concerns of young professionals because he represents Brookline, and those are blue and populous enough to make up for losing New Bedford. Capuano also doesn't need them.

            21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

            by sapelcovits on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 09:15:51 AM PDT

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