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  •  Some parts of VA are blue (14+ / 0-)

    And that's good enough to win statewide in most cases, but the CDs and the HoDs are another matter. There's a movement afoot to make redistricting non-partisan, I expect the GOP to fight that tooth and nail. Right now the House is putting the kibosh on Medicaid expansion and I'm not sure what TMac can do about it.

    •  In AZ we have a nonpartisan commission draw up (9+ / 0-)

      district lines.  It was approved by a voter initiative.  When the final maps were being draw this last go around, there was a generalized republican freak out!  Governor Brewer tried to fire the independent chair of the commission, but the state supreme court over-ruled her.  Reps. Sinema, Kirkpatrick, and Barber owe their seats to the new district lines, and five out of the nine AZ U.S. Reps. are dems.

      Now, state republicans are in court trying to get the commission law thrown out.  If they are successful, the wacko republican dominated state legislature will redraw those lines and those three above mentioned seats will be redrawn to be republican.  They may even create a seat for former Rep. little Bennie Quayle, who's mommy, Marilyn, ran to Brewer to complain when Quayle's district was redrawn to be competitive.

    •  Not true just in Virginia (3+ / 0-)
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      Those same tactics have Republican controlled Congressional delegations in Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, despite all three states leaning heavily Democratic in statewide votes, and the Democratic Congressional Delegation actually winning the popular vote overall.


      •  Same in NC (0+ / 0-)

        If we can get rid of gerrymandering, we'll have a purple to blue state--for state and for national government.

        Right now the sparsely populated rural sections of the state are controlling the rest of us.

        "If you are cast on a desert island with only a screwdriver, a hatchet, and a chisel to make a boat...go make the best one you can. It would be better if you had a saw, but you haven't." T.Roosevelt on politics.

        by NCJan on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 12:38:20 PM PST

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