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  •  This is why we need to go after those (1+ / 0-)
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    redistricting laws that the GOP has put on the books.  If it weren't for them and other sort of toying with the rights of voters, things wouldn't look so dire.  

    It also comes down to people consistently voting against their interests just because FOX News and other nefarious, well-funded Teabagging pundits tell them so.

    How many close elections does the Dems have to give up before they see the light?  We are fighting for America's very soul here. :(

    "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

    by politicalceci on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 11:34:07 AM PST

    •  Can't challenge district lines until 2021 (2+ / 0-)
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      You don't redistrict every time the legislature says so, so there's no point in trying. After the 2020 Census, there will be a redo. Until then, we're stuck with what we're stuck with -- except in the very few districts where even under the new rules, there may be a claim of deliberate racial line-drawing.

      •  True. But there is always a loophole. (0+ / 0-)

        If Texas can clear Delay, there is always something that could be found to challenge the gerrymandering of the GOP is someone looks hard enough without waiting for 2021.

         After all, the Dems have to stop sitting on their hands and letting the GOP exploit every little thing to take power out of the DNC's hands.  I know that what you speak is common sense, but I would certainly hope that at least there is another option out there rather than waiting another seven years. :(

        "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

        by politicalceci on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 10:27:13 PM PST

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        •  Sorry about tiredness brain rot. (0+ / 0-)

          I should have just gone to sleep instead of late night replying.

          I re-read what I said and decided to make what I meant in the previous statement a bit clearer: that there must be other options than waiting.

          Delay being cleared is a travesty, but in that case a loophole was exploited.  

          Where's a little luck to help the people and not the one percent as well as their teabagger toadies?  

          That's all I wanted to say. :(

          "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

          by politicalceci on Wed Jan 08, 2014 at 10:39:38 PM PST

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          •  2 reasons (1+ / 0-)
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            1) GOP controls the New York State Senate
            2) Cuomo wouldn't sign it.

            -A Texan and former constituent of Tom DeLay.

            SSP alumni, 29, Male, Democrat, TX-14 Elections Blogger for Burnt Orange Report. Collection of Texas elections diaries can be found here

            by trowaman on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 12:14:10 AM PST

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            •  Fair enough. Pretty sad, but direct. (0+ / 0-)

              The answers you and rugby mom gave pretty much solidified what I was thinking in the back of my mind in regards of how much work needs to be done in terms of the 2014 Election.

              Thanks for the frank answers.

              "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." --Benjamin Franklin

              by politicalceci on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 07:34:51 AM PST

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