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  •  It's because of the 10 year census cycle. (2+ / 0-)
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    Redistricting based on new demographics of people moving in and moving out of areas is required to adjust the number of representatives at the national level and at most state levels.  Because redistricting happens the year after a census, it is critical to have Democratic incumbents in place ahead of time to assure that Democrats are in control when the maps are re-drawn.    

    We are all in this together.

    by htowngenie on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 11:44:02 AM PDT

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    •  Well, duh! (0+ / 0-)

      The census is more that six years away now. We had lots of incumbents in place going into the 2010 election. It didn't protect us very much. How much less will it help us in the 2020 elections to get people in place next year.

      Of course, it's always a good idea to get Dems in whenever we can. The damage that Republican legislatures are inflicting on the nation right now from day-to-day is incalculable. But to talk about 2014 as preparation for 2020 seems a little tenuous to me.

      "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

      by Demi Moaned on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 12:20:38 PM PDT

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    •  Don't play by the cycle (0+ / 0-)

      I say, using Tom Delay as precedent, should Dem's get any state houses back, job #1 is to redistrict.

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