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  •  We need to dump "communities of interest". (0+ / 0-)

    It has turned into an excuse for packing a bunch of brown people into the same district. This reduces democratic (and Democratic) representation.

    On the other hand, maybe we should declare White Evangelical Christians a "community of interest" and pack them all into a few districts.

    Charles Rangel is my Congressman and he's a good one. But I would trade him for three Liberal White Guys in a heartbeat. Three congressmen are better than one.

    •  This is exactly the kind of infighting (1+ / 0-)
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      that a good (not party-list) PR system could avoid. You have every right to say you'd trade one great black male representative for 3 good white male ones. But others would have every right to decide the opposite. We need a system that doesn't shackle different interests together just because they happen to have some arbitrary geographical line drawn around them.

      With PAL representation, as I suggested above, minorities from across a state could write in a strong minority candidate from one district. Or they could choose some other interest and vote for the best candidate from that perspective. Their votes would either be a necessary part of electing the candidate of their choice, or that candidate would be able to use them to help elect other similar candidates from the same party.

      Mixed-member proportional or multimember districts would each do less for dispersed communities, but would at least allow such communities to form their own separate parties (which could caucus with a given main party, but still work independently for certain issues.)

      Senate rules which prevent any reform of the filibuster are unconstitutional. Therefore, we can rein in the filibuster tomorrow with 51 votes.

      by homunq on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 11:49:16 AM PST

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