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  •  I said that badly (0+ / 0-)

    I intended to convey:

    Third party candidates rarely are considered by voters in November because they are generally considered no more than spoilers. They are more likely to be considered in the primary, particularly one where the two winners need to get a quarter of the vote, because they would not be spoilers, but the real candidates with a real opportunity to win.

    I would support a 600-750 member House which has multi-member districts in all states that have more than one House member. 3,500 may be a bit much.

    Americans can make our country better.

    by freelunch on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 02:54:05 PM PDT

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    •  James Madison said something to that effect (0+ / 0-)

      While he agreed that there was a legitimate question as to whether a group of six or seven could wield power more equitably than sixty or seventy, he felt a House of 600--700 was too many.

      Nonetheless, the Constitution's upper limit on the size of the House, of one member per 30,000, would result in an impossibly large body today.

      •  30,000? (0+ / 0-)

        If 30,000 was the size of a congressional seat, with the American population at around 315 million, that would give us a 10,500-member House of Representatives, would it not? That is kinda cray to think about. Paging the New Hampshire House of Representatives…

        However, 30,000 might be off by a bit based on how Article the First was being written. It might be 50,000 that the Framers intended as the perfect size for a House district, in which case, say hello to your 6,000+ member House of Representatives.

        I’m actually surprised this hasn’t turned into a cause celebre among the Tea Party types, what with the interesting constitutional history and all. Seriously, I found the Wikipedia article linked to above to be fascinating. And how fun would it be to gerrymander a US House with so many seats. I mean, California alone would get almost 1,000 seats.

        Kansan by birth, Californian by choice and Gay by the Grace of God.

        by arealmc on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 10:02:07 PM PDT

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