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  •  Oh yes yes yes (1+ / 0-)
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    wu ming

    This is definitely true:  

    I was arguing that independent redistricting creates less polarization than partisan redistricting does.
    But this is not:
    My central point is that I think partisan redistricting has created polarization
    Re-read the comments above for why, but I'll leave you with a very simple and pithy point that shows why this isn't the case:

    If redistricting causes polarization, then why do we observe the same amount of polarization in bodies which are not districted such as the Senate?

    Looking at the House members from Arizona: they tend to be more centrist not because their districts are more centrist, but because their primary constituency (their co-partisan voters) are more centrist themselves and thus choose to nominate a centrist. And this is only the case for the Democrats. The Republicans in Arizona are batshit insane.

    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 Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:52:14 PM PDT

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    •  Well no no no (0+ / 0-)

      Sorry. I'd tweak your first sentence (the one that I said was true) to say the following:

      I was arguing that independent redistricting creates less bias than partisan redistricting does.
      Sorry, I misread.

      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 Sun Aug 04, 2013 at 07:53:21 PM PDT

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