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    So far, three Senators are retiring- Sen. Lindel Hume (D-Princeton), Tom Wyss (R-Ft. Wayne) and Allen Paul (R-Richmond). Paul's seat is in play, Wyss' seat looks more competitive on paper than it will be on the ground, and Hume's seat is a tossup or worse for us. We also have to keep an eye on the seats of Sen. Richard Young (D-Milltown) and Frank Mrvan (D-Hammond). Both seats were pushed to the GOP in redistricting. We have strong challengers against Sen. Jim Smith (R-Charlestown) and Ron Grooms (R-Jeffersonville), and I expect a challenge to Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Evansville). And possibly a challenge to Sen. John Waterman (R-Shelburne), and if things go our way Sen. Doug Eckarty (R-Muncie), where the cities of Anderson and Muncie were combined to make a safe Dem seat, and the rest of Delaware and Madison Counties were given to Eckarty.

    The point is that this map is quietly one of the worst gerrymanders in the country, and Ft. Wayne and Indy are the worst examples. Allen County is big enough for 2.75 districts, and it only voted 52% for McCain and 57% for Romney, with a strongly Dem downtown area, where a 65% Obama 08 district could be drawn with ease, yet the center city is cracked into three GOP seats. Marion County is large enough for just short of seven seats, yet we have only two seats. The GOP did this by having one GOP seat entirely in Marion County, in heavily Republican Franklin Township, and then six other seats that extend into the doughnut counties around Indy. They have also chopped the Lafayette and Evansville areas as well. I have drawn some fair maps which split no counties smaller than the ideal size and it would still be a struggle for us to get 26 seats, but we would sure have a lot more than 13 seats (even though in most things I like the number 13- but not here).

    "So there's a time for silence, and there's a time for waiting your turn. But if you know how you feel, and you so clearly know what you need to say, you'll know it. I don't think you should wait. I think you should speak now." -Taylor Swift

    by SouthernINDem on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:49:02 PM PDT

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