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  •  question about the Waxman-Berman machine (0+ / 0-)

    is it, in some ways, a cousin (or descendant) of the Burton machine?

    RRH expat (known as AquarianLeft). Also known as freepcrusher on leip atlas forum

    by demographicarmageddon on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 05:33:16 PM PST

    •  They're unrelated (0+ / 0-)

      But they alternate butt heads with and feed off each other. For instance, the 1982 gerrymander mentioned in the article as an act by Michael Berman is called the "Burtonmander" for a reason. Howard Berman got a congressional district because then-Assembly speaker Willie Brown wanted his rival out of Sacramento.

      The Burton machine was mostly relegated to San Francisco, and controlling California (and the national stage) was a side effect of its power-hungry personalities. The Waxman-Berman machine is concentrated on the SFV  and isn't as liberal.

      23, D, pragmatic progressive (-4.50, -5.18), CA-12.

      by kurykh on Mon Feb 11, 2013 at 10:18:37 PM PST

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