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View Diary: Does the House of Represenatives truly represent the make-up of the USA? (37 comments)

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  •  Redistricting is a royal pain (0+ / 0-)

    Unless there's a trifecta in state government, or some gentlemen's agreement to leave incumbents alone, it seems that more often than not redistricting ends in a court battle.

    I'm surprised that the GOP hasn't more often endorsed the idea of independent commissions since court-drawn maps tend to follow the letter of the law and produce fair (hence Democratic-leaning) districts. While commissions tend not to go in for outright gerrymandering, the membership can be manipulated and members lobbied to create maps that protect specific incumbents or lean one way or the other overall.

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