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View Diary: Food For Thought: the 1982 Voting Rights Act is a major cause of the gerrymandering situation today (11 comments)

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  •  Look at IL-4 (0+ / 0-)

    Not a VRA target district, but went 83% Dem. Yes, we can draw districts that don't soak up too many Dem votes, but the VRA is immaterial in the majority of cases. Don't do the GOP's job for them.

    Disclaimer: If the above comment can possibly be construed as snark, it probably is.

    by grubber on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:20:38 AM PST

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    •  Take a look at what the Republicans said in (0+ / 0-)

      Illinois

      The Illinois Republican Party filed a request for a permanent Federal injunction on November 4, 2011 seeking to prevent the new Congressional districts from being implemented.[89] Citing emails and other correspondence between Democratic state party leaders and national leaders, Republicans claimed they worked together to create a map favorable to Democrats. The GOP argued that the new map was unconstitutional as it was politically gerrymandered and diluted Latino representation.[90]

      The Republicans claim they don't want minority dilution so that they can place as many minorities as possible into as few districts as possible.

      •  Again (0+ / 0-)

        Your title places blame on the VRA. I'm arguing against that blame. Showing examples of GOP bad acts outside of VRA territory bolsters my argument, not yours.

        Disclaimer: If the above comment can possibly be construed as snark, it probably is.

        by grubber on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 09:42:15 AM PST

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