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    1. Tennessee has unique geography that might make that possible, although it might be stymied by population distribution. You can make districts on a rational contiguous basis, but they have to take into account local geographic factors and population distribution.

    2. Can't be done unless you want districts so irrational that the public completely disengages from their congressperson and the election thereof, one of the consequences of gerrymandering. You would have to destroy community unity, toss together communities with no commonalities and a lot of distance between them, and shatter the voice of those communities. It would be hellish. The fact is that some areas just will never be competitive. I am in Ohio's 11th congressional district. My congresswoman had no Republican opponent this time because there's no point in a Republican running. We are the majority minority district, and we were compact and contiguous until the Ohio Republicans gerrymandered to pack even more Democrats into a handful of districts. Likewise, John Boehner's district is uncompetitive and a Democrat will never win. Trying to undo that is virtually impossible without damaging communities.

    Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07.

    by anastasia p on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 07:38:55 PM PST

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