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  •  This can only happen on a national level (2+ / 0-)
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    greywolfe359, Quantumlogic

    Or else you will get good government Democrats sacrificing their majorities in New York, California, and elsewhere, while Republicans hold onto theirs in Texas and other red states.  

    While non-partisan commissions would doubtless be a step forward in the long-term, the short and mid-term consequences of implementing this on a state-by-state basis would be nothing less than suicidal for any hope of regaining the House - and with it - advancing even a moderately progressive agenda in the areas of climate change, regulatory policy, and fiscal affairs (to name just a few issue areas).

    •  Sadly, many reform issues face this (0+ / 0-)

      Meaning the problem of no one wanting to be the first to do it. No individual state wants to raise taxes on corp. or the wealthy cause they will just move. Or pass tougher regulations. Or whatever else. I believe someone else in the comments called it "unilateral disarmament." But I think we CAN do better. And states like PA and OH and VA which are fairly evenly split between the parties should have an easier time doing it, to be honest. Neither party will always benefit from redistricting.

      "What is essential is invisible to the eye."

      by greywolfe359 on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 03:15:45 PM PST

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