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View Diary: Daily Kos Elections releases new interactive maps of 11 state legislatures, with tons of data (22 comments)

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  •  Sad case (0+ / 0-)

    This is where urban distribution hurts us more than gerrymandering ever could.

    •  Can't say I agree with that (1+ / 0-)
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      Skaje

      sure we won far less than we would have proportionally under non-gerrymandered maps in Idaho and Kansas because of urban distribution or rather poor rural distribution, but why would that matter more than gerrymandering where they could eliminate practically all of our seats in Idaho and a significant number in Kansas? Then you have states like Iowa, and California where the non-partisan maps are pretty damn reflective of the state's partisanship and in the latter even give us a surplus over proportionality.

    •  It is not urban distribution (2+ / 0-)
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      Stephen Wolf, David Jarman

      Did you see what North Carolina Republicans did to Fayetteville?

      That is not urban distribution.  That is gerrymandering taken to the extreme, allowing Republicans to snag a seat out of a county that gave Obama almost 60% in 2012.

      And did you even look at New York's Senate map?  It's even worse...districts selectively drawn to pack as many Democrats as possible, allowing the nearby seats to be GOP-leaning.

      Gerrymandering doesn't just grant a few seats at the edges, it often guarantees control for the party drawing the seats.

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