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    nosleep4u, peachcreek

    is as old as the hills and extremely common in lopsided districts, so that the voter can have some impact on the general election. My sister did it when she lived in Chicago's north suburbs. The problem is this is a scattered individual effort. It is hard enough to just get people to vote. You never in a million years will organized enough people to have an impact.

    Then what is your goal? Do you want to pick the most palatable candidate or the most extreme? People will disagree. People will even disagree on who that is, just like the people who were pushing this for Republicans (or fearing Republicans would do it) in the 2008 Democratic primary could not agree if Hillary or Obama was the more formidable opponent for McCain.

    Someone wrote a diary and suggested this, maybe a month ago. It was undoable then and it's undoable now.

    Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

    by anastasia p on Wed Nov 20, 2013 at 07:10:49 PM PST

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      I live in Pennsylvania, and our congressional districts have been heavily gerrymandered by our Republican-controlled legislature. The funny thing about the gerrymandering is that while Democratic voters have been crammed into a few "blue" districts with Democratic majorities the can be as high as 70%, some of the "red" districts have paper-thin Republican majorities that are only a few points over 50%. That means with a little more turnout among Democratic voters in a few "pink" districts in suburban Philadelphia and suburban Pittsburgh, the Democrats could potentially take back a few seats in Pennsylvania in 2014.

      "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die." --Senator Ted Kennedy

      by Blue Silent Majority on Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 06:16:57 PM PST

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