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  •  There still might be a problem (3+ / 0-)
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    elginblt, The Nose, ahumbleopinion

    Democrats are highly concentrated in large metropolitan areas.  Even if you draw districts on a non-partisan basis, if you try to achieve neutral goals like drawing compact districts that observe local governmental boundaries to the extent possible, there is going to tend to be a Republican advantage -- not nearly as big a one as if they're deliberately gerrymandered, but it will still be there.

    Bin Laden is dead. GM and Chrysler are alive.

    by leevank on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 04:49:32 AM PST

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    •  This wasn't the case in California (1+ / 0-)
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      When the nonpartisan board redrew districts they turned out to be more favorable to Democrats than the previously drawn districts which came as a result of bargaining between both parties but with Democrats having a bargaining advantage because of majorities in both state houses.

      Of course California has more Democrats and any plan that distributes them more widely aids Democrats. This won't be true everywhere.

      •  As I understand it (0+ / 0-)

        ...that favorable-to-Democrats result was the result of hard work on the part of Democrats, and not strictly due to the numerical advantage alone.

        America, we can do better than this...

        by Randomfactor on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 10:44:28 AM PST

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