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  •  I do love California's redisricting (4+ / 0-)

    Just draw the lines, regardless of party or incumbents, and let the chips fall where they may.

    I wish everybody did that. Safe districts elect zealots like Virginia Foxx and Patrick McHenry who would not normally stand a chance in hell of winning.

    NC-4 (soon to be NC-6) Obama/Biden 2012

    by bear83 on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 09:00:30 PM PDT

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    •  Yep (1+ / 0-)
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      Non partisan, geographically coherent districts combined with top two open primaries seems like the best way to do things to me

      There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

      by slothlax on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 11:36:36 PM PDT

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      •  I don't know how I feel about top two yet (1+ / 0-)
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        My worst fears about it were realized in CA-31.  A split field created a scenario where two republicans advanced to the general in a dem leaning district.  People aren't even given the opportunity to write in a candidate.

        If they want to do Top two, they need to also have some sort of rank choice voting in there as well, because I would assume that the electorate in this district would not have to hedge their bets during a primary due to the possibility of ending up with two republicans.

        Swingnut since 2009, 21, Male, Democrat, CA-49 (home) CA-14 (college) Join r/elections on reddit! Support Sukhee Kang for CA-45!

        by Daman09 on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 12:08:38 AM PDT

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      •  top two is very bad (1+ / 0-)
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            I think that the redistricting commission did a better job than I expected but the top two primary is a disaster.  I live in a CD with two Democrats in the runoff. While it is nice that the seat is 100% safe for our party we now have a wasteful general election where resources that would be used to defeat GOPers will instead be used against other Dems. In a real primary Sherman would have won in June and the GOPers and Greens would have their own protest candidates to vote for rather than the McCain endorsed Howard Berman. Berman had a great career in politics but is now going out as an asshole (he should have retired).

             Meanwhile in our US Senate race I have nobody to vote for. I can either leave that line blank or reluctantly vote for DiFi. When she really needed my vote to defeat a Republican I gave it to her but she is 110% safe this year. Not voting goes against my grain but DiFi is another asshole who should have retired long ago. A protest vote speaks louder than a protest abstention. Top two gives everyone fewer choices. Let the party members vote in their primaries and let everyone vote for any party nominee in the general election. Top two is a loser for California.

        Diehard Swingnut, disgruntled Democrat, age 54, new CA-30

        by Zack from the SFV on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 12:59:58 AM PDT

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