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View Diary: Did Gerrymandering Cost Dems the House? A 34-State Look at Alternative Nonpartisan Maps Suggests Yes (161 comments)

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  •  Traditional? No, but it was done in the past (5+ / 0-)

    because they requested it that way and the independent commission does a very good job of taking Native American reservations into account. However during the last round of redistricting they both asked to be placed into the same district (the 1st) so as to maximize Native American influence so I did the same here.

    I was considering doing what King of Spades suggested and place all of the reservations in northern Arizona in one district, but I'm not entirely sure if a California style commission would do that as it isn't like NAs come remotely close to forming a majority or even much more than 20% under any configuration. The current map does this more or less though, which is why Kirkpatrick won. I'd imagine though that Cochise County and the rest or most of the rest of Pinal would have been enough to sink her even with all of the reservations.

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