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  •  Gerrymandering can be fixed with Sup CT Decision (3+ / 0-)
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    decembersue, JohnB47, Lawrence

    I remember Kennedy stating that he'd like to retire in 3 years, and that was 2 years ago. If we can get a liberal justice on the court, a case can be brought dealing with this and overturn Vieth v. Jubelirer.

    The other option is putting a non-partisan redistricting commission on state ballots. I know it didn't work in Ohio, but I still think it can be done.

    •  well since the constitution gives (4+ / 0-)
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      tobendaro, trumpeter, dgb, a2nite

      state legislatures the power to draw congressional boundaries without any requirement as to how they draw them--meaning gerrymandering is not prohibited by the constitution--I don't believe it is possible for the Supreme Court to find the practice unconstitutional across the 50 states.

      The solution I'm afraid is to change this state of affairs on a state by state basis.

      "People place their hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution. They don't put their hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible."

      by michael1104 on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 11:24:53 AM PST

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    •  Don't we just have to figure out a way to (2+ / 0-)
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      JohnB47, a2nite

      measure it rigorously?  Wasn't the decision that they couldn't figure out a good way to determine gerrymanderedness?

    •  not with this supreme court (0+ / 0-)

      let's hope G. holds on and Obama chooses some good Justices.

      There are some things that are unforgivable. Your willingness to play political games while people suffer and die is one of them--Onomastic

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 04:16:53 PM PST

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