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  •  We've got to start a national movement to end (17+ / 0-)

    gerrymandering.  Getting each state to have nonpartisan commissions drawing the boundaries of districts, like they do in CA, has to b a priority.  The crap that happens in states like PA, where I live, has to stop if we are serious about reestablishing a real majority in the House

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    by dizzydean on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 01:09:28 PM PST

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    •  Princeton Election Consortium...... (5+ / 0-)

      Slaying the gerrymander

      Sam Wang // Feb 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Thank you for these thoughtful points.

      I see what you mean about proportional representation. I agree that it needs to be kept alive. However, I don’t see that as the way to move the needle on representative government in the coming 10 years. So I do not advocate working on the more idealistic solution.

      This is the same reasoning that leads me to encourage people, every chance I get, to contribute and work on races where the probability of a win is between 20 and 80%.

      I'm not statistically literate enough to understand all the stats on Sam Wang's site, but I find the discussion very interesting. It's good to know people like Dr. Wang and his colleagues are addressing this important issue.

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      by princesspat on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 01:21:08 PM PST

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    •  This is not a gerrymandered state. (3+ / 0-)
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      In Washington, we do have a bipartisan redistricting commission, with two Republicans and two Democrats, one of each party from each of the house and senate, and a non-voting chair. The chair never has a vote, so at least three out of four commission members have to agree on any map. This gives us more competitive districts overall, where changes to boundaries are often determined by population needed to be added or subtracted rather than any sort of guaranteeing safe seats. So with the Senate more competitive, it was a narrow thing, and two traitor Democratic senators threw in with the Republicans to get power for their Republican buddies and themdelves. One of the bills stopped recently was a superb bill by my state senator, who is a practicing ER physician, that would have benefitted every single person with diabetes in the state. It had bipartisan cosponsorship, but when the time came to vote it out of committee, all the R cosponsors voted no just to make Nathan seem ineffective. Because there'll be a special election for his seat this year, due to the fact that he was just appointed to fill our former state senator and new Congressman's seat, and that election is for control of the senate with or without these two traitor Democrats.

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      by Kitsap River on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 02:32:29 PM PST

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      •  Agreed KR....in our state it's petty politics (1+ / 0-)
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        ...to the detriment of all of our well being. The same thing is happening to environmental bills. Sen Kevin Ranker.....

        I am sad to report that yesterday Sen. Doug Ericksen deliberately killed the Ocean Acidification bill – the only bill in Washington State Legislature to do anything about ocean acidification in our marine environment. This bipartisan sponsored bill would have implemented the recommendations of the Ocean Acidification Blue Ribbon Panel – ensuring that we address ocean acidification and protect the thousands of jobs that depend upon a healthy marine environment.

        Worse however, is why he did it… Not because he did not support the bill, but out of spite as he knew it was important to me.

        http://sweeneypolitics.com/...

        Ideology once again trumps common sense and a commitment to wise and professional governance. It's discouraging.

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        by princesspat on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 03:33:11 PM PST

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