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  •  PA... (2+ / 0-)
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    greywolfe359, grubber

    Is the perfect example of this bs.

    Statewide aggregate the Democratic House candidates polled a point and a half more than the GOP.

    Despite this the GOP has 2/3 of the House seats.

    In Western PA they created a ridiculous district stretching from the north suburbs of Pittsburgh to Johnstown.

    Nationwide, a lead of Dem + .5 should not translate into a 40 seat GOP margin in the House.

    Now I realize the a half point doesn't necessarily predict a Dem House but it certainly predicts a closely divided one.

    2010 was the wrong year to sit on the sidelines.  Lesson for the future: census years are as important as Presidential years.  Maybe more.

    We shouldn't have the same problem in 2020, since the census coincides with national elections.  But we will be paying for 2010 for a long time.

    Non-partisan redistricting outside the political process is the best answer...but it's not coming to most of the country any time soon.  Sadly.

    "I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell."

    by Notthemayor on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 12:16:18 PM PST

    •  How about PA-05? (1+ / 0-)
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      It runs from Erie to past State College.

      For thirty years, Erie had hometown representation, usually moderate GOP, until they decided to vote for a Pittsburgh based guy. Now, with Erie split down the middle, 03 is stuck with a Pittsburgh guy, 05 is stuck with a guy who lives further away than the distance from New York City to DC. Can you imagine the Upper West Side of Manhattan voting for a representative who lives in Arlington, Virginia? Well, it happens here...

      "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

      by CFAmick on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 02:28:16 PM PST

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      •  I think we can all agree (0+ / 0-)

        That PA has just about the worst gerrymandering problem now. My neighborhood got cut out of 12 and lumped into 14. Sort of cool for me, since I now have Mike Doyle as a representative and I actually like him, but those votes they bunched in closer to the city of Pittsburgh helped the GOP take district 12. That and a ton of cash.

        "What is essential is invisible to the eye."

        by greywolfe359 on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 03:13:26 PM PST

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