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  •  That's a fair response (0+ / 0-)

    Lacy Clay and Emmanuel Cleaver are hardly my favorite congressmen.  I understand now what you meant.  I'm just a little touchy on the issue because there's been a lot of unfortunate generalizations on Dailykos Elections about African-Americans, the VRA, and how districts are drawn.  And in Missouri, I am aware that some of the Kansas City and Saint Louis Democratic legislators (who happen to be African-American), acting under advisement of Clay and Cleaver supported the override of Gov. Nixon's veto of the gerrymander.   In the end it didn't matter because Republicans had 2/3 in both chambers anyway, but there's that.

    •  I appreciate your points (1+ / 0-)
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      Skaje

      You're right....even if the African American legislators hadn't gone along with the map, Republican's could override the veto. Nothing would have changed. This was just a hypothetical  and I know it's not going to happen anytime soon.

      And based on comments, perhaps CD 2 should be shored up by making the map a bit uglier taking CD1 down a few Dem points and CD 2 up a few

    •  Republicans actually didn't have 2/3rds (1+ / 0-)
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      in the state House and specifically relied on those legislators to pass the map, which was really more about preventing an Ike Skelton comeback than anything it would appear.

      •  I stand corrected (0+ / 0-)

        I looked up the composition of the Missouri House and saw that it's 53 Democrats to 110 Republicans, which just barely gives Republicans the 2/3.  I didn't think to check what it was in 2011, which was 58 to 105.

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