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  •  Of course the dissenters were R (1+ / 0-)
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    The incumbent effect will incubate demographic trends from giving Democrats the majority in the future. If districts have to keep cycling through representatives they'll eventually land on a Democrat. Meanwhile most of the Democrats' seats currently are packed into safe districts (whether via gerrymandering or geography) so it won't really matter who runs there.

    •  Yup, which makes passage surprising. (0+ / 0-)

      Texas Repubs must be confident they can inoculate against demographics in other ways.  Not saying they're right or wrong, but that must be what they think.

      They're probably thinking minorities will continue to have poor turnout, that the GOP can do better with Hispanics there than in other states, that they can keep gerrymandering.

      But I read some months ago that today only 30% of Texas schoolchildren are white.   No way that doesn't eventually catch up to the GOP, even if it takes 20 years.

      45, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

      by DCCyclone on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 07:13:54 PM PDT

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    •  No (0+ / 0-)

      The Senate version does not apply term limits to the legislature, which is the only version voted on so far. It only applies to statewide offices.

      The House version, not yet voted on, also applies to the legislature.

      I agree with the logic of the analysis, but it isn't really appropriate given the context.

      23 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); 08/12 PVIs

      by wwmiv on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 07:20:53 PM PDT

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    •  i fucking hate term limits (2+ / 0-)
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      i've always seen it as a disguised power grab for whoever's proposing it.

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

      by demographicarmageddon on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 08:29:01 PM PDT

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      •  I'd (1+ / 0-)
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        support term limits for the NY State Senate since that body makes the GOP controlled House look like a well oiled machine in comparison.

        But yeah I live in California and term limits haven't worked so well. At least Democrats don't have any shortage of candidates for statewide office since every fucking term limited politician in Sacramento runs for statewide office or if a safe house seat opens up they run for that.

        The Republican party is now an extreme right-wing party that is owned by their billionaire campaign contributors. - Bernie Sanders

        by ehstronghold on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 10:18:21 PM PDT

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