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  •  couple fair maps of South Carolina, Alabama (6+ / 0-)

    so here is the fair map of South Carolina, an improved version of one I've posted before which got some positive reviews. It stretches out SC-07 a bit more, but in return the 6th becomes a district entirely based on rural and smaller city black populations, where there is more racially polarized voting, and leaves Charleston and Columbia completely out of it.

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    1st: 50% Obama in 2008, 44.9% Dem average, 25.9% black VAP
    2nd: 53.6% Obama, 52% Dem average, 34.1% black VAP
    3rd: 34.8% Obama, 33.6% Dem average, 19.6% black VAP
    4th: 34.4% Obama, 32.9% Dem average, 13.7% black VAP
    5th: 40.7% Obama, 38.1% Dem average, 21.3% black VAP
    6th: 59.5% Obama, 57.4% Dem average, 50.3% black VAP
    7th: 40.4% Obama, 36.9% Dem average, 19.5% black VAP

    Here is a similar map of Alabama, done to ensure Mobile and Birmingham both their own districts and a Montgomery+rural and smaller cities district where there is more racially polarized voting. This one stretches the 2nd district a little thin, but otherwise I like it a lot.

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    1st: 37.5% Obama in 2008, 39.2% Dem average, 24.4% black VAP
    2nd: 32.3% Obama, 38.2% Dem average, 21% black VAP
    3rd: 24.6% Obama, 31.1% Dem average, 14.1% black VAP
    4th: 23.3% Obama, 37.1% Dem average, 5.5% black VAP
    5th: 38.3% Obama, 49.9% Dem average, 16.9% black VAP
    6th: 51.3% Obama, 51% Dem average, 38.6% black VAP
    7th: 58.6% Obama, 60.2% Dem average, 51.5% black VAP

    ...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 Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 08:59:24 AM PDT

    •  A "fair" map of both of these states (2+ / 0-)
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      Stephen Wolf, IndianaProgressive

      Would require two majority black districts each, if you ask me.

      25, Practical Progressive Democrat (-9.38, -8.51), Gay, IN-02 - Defeat Wacky Jackie for 2014!

      by HoosierD42 on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 01:33:17 PM PDT

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      •  I actually prefer that only in AL (0+ / 0-)

        In SC the single district works better, with two urban districts.

        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 Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 01:39:25 PM PDT

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      •  we seem to be the only people who think so (0+ / 0-)

        unfortunately. So I've tried to make an alternative which creates opportunity districts in each state instead.

        ...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 Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 09:19:32 PM PDT

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