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View Diary: Oops! Republicans Brag About Winning 2012 House Through Miracle of Gerrymandering [ACTION UPDATE] (130 comments)

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  •  Simple and effective response (10+ / 0-)

    Registration, registration, and more registration.  Then top it off with a badass GOTV.  They showed us their soft underbelly last year - believing their own bullshit and ignoring reality.  But we need to show them in the starkest terms possible how we are going to counter them.  How many new voters we will bring to the table, published monthly, in the next 18 months, can't be countered by some slimy tricks by the Legislature or Governor.  We have the numbers to win everywhere.

    No whining, no griping and no crying.  Just show up at the polling places with a bigger gang.  The demographic winds are blowing in our direction.  Now do something about it.

    "Never let up. Crush bigotry and greed."

    by LouisMartin on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 03:13:45 PM PST

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    •  When 15 of the 18 electorial (18+ / 0-)

      districts in Ohio were RED even though the 3 Blue ones had more votes, it DOES make a difference in a Presidential election.

      They stick as many Democrats into as few districts as possible while doing what they do to mine....

      Making it a 45/55 unGodly shaped District, but it has just enough Republicans to pretty much stay Republican.

      I'm in Texas so ......  I'm also a member of a group on Facebook called.... Texas is not a RED State, we're just Gerrymandered that way.   And we are.

      Happened after the 2000 Census and guess who was our Governor until he took office in 2001?  Yeah, Georgie Boy.  Like he didn't have a hand in things.

      -6.13 -4.4 Where are you? Take the Test!!!

      by MarciaJ720 on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 05:17:40 PM PST

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      •  I think this has to be tackled at the state level (5+ / 0-)
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        as CA and FL have done [I'm surprised that list isn't longer, but what do I know?]

        And considering the success of initiatives repealing horrendous legislation in OH and MI, it may be a good tactic in those states [and WI and PA and VA] to launch an initiative creating a nonpartisan redistricting body. The bare stats make the case, and this Republican report can be quoted to make it harder for them to deny it.

        into the blue again, after the money's gone

        by Prof Haley on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 05:43:20 PM PST

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        •  gerrymandering is initiative-proof can't undo (1+ / 0-)
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          according to someone somewhere on Kos in last few days (sorry don't remember). In at least two of the states I think PA and WI were being discussed not sure, he said that initiatives can't repeal them because of some provision or manipulation of state law how they did it made them immune to any way the people can fix it beyond electing ALL DEMS enough to have supermajority to undo.

      •  Ma, as in dragon above, is gerrymandered blue (1+ / 0-)
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        I wonder though if Red states are more Likely to gerrymander?
        I know also that it has been a special concerted seemingly coordinated effort in Red-Governed states these last years.

         

    •  I think we shold also gripe about this seeing that (3+ / 0-)
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      it is unpatriotic and unethical for them to do this.
      I feel it's treasonous.

    •  Registration won't matter in a state like PA if (4+ / 0-)
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      they allocate electoral votes by congressional district. There aren't enough dems or potential dems in the wide swaths of the state that make up the vast "T" in the middle. Those are rural, low-population areas. If this proposal goes through then the votes of people in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh will count less than those in rural counties.

      The only way to counter this is to get rid of the electoral college -- the districts can't be redrawn till 2020, and the Repubs have a strong grip on the state legislature and that's not likely to change.

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