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  •  BTW (2+ / 0-)
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    My thesis proposal has to do with redistricting.

    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 Fri May 03, 2013 at 01:37:05 PM PDT

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    •  I would love to be able to write a thesis (2+ / 0-)
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      wwmiv, MichaelNY

      on redistricting. That wouldn't be work so much as what I already do here, just much more academically rigorous. I'm sure whatever topic I pick will deal with it or congressional elections in some form.

      •  I'm going to be analyzing the court's (4+ / 0-)

        preference that race not be used to gerrymander, by utilizing racial data by precinct versus partisan data by precinct and their likelihood through logistic regression to be included in a VRA or near VRA district with two groups: districts that are gerrymandered v. districts that are not. For districts that are, the hypothesis is that the partisan data should better predict which precincts are included than the racial data and for the districts that are not gerrymandered racial data should better predict which precincts are included.

        I'll be using three states: New York, Texas, and California. All three have large populations of all minorities and exhibit difference characteristics - Texas is a S5 state, New York is not (sortof), and California uses nonpartisan redistricting - which allows for some comparative analysis as well.

        It's a large project, but one that I think is interesting.

        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 Fri May 03, 2013 at 02:34:15 PM PDT

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      •  jeez (1+ / 0-)
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        I think if I could find an appropriate class, I could too, at least on the VRA. Might be easier given the upcoming decision. Unlike in undergrad, now I do have to write one.

        ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

        by James Allen on Fri May 03, 2013 at 05:22:40 PM PDT

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