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  •  A Thank You from an Old 'Enemy' (11+ / 0-)

    Hey Brad, you may remember me from the redistricting battle back in 2000.  Greensboro was a real loser in the gerrymandering that occurred, and I wrote an op-ed piece on that subject.  (And that led to some testy e-mail exchanges.)

    Well, I had to laugh today when I realized that you now are probably my favorite member of the Congress.  I just wanted to thank you for all of your hard work.  Now I am currently working what amounts to be two full-time jobs, so I probably cannot commit to helping with your campaign, but I will see what I can do.

    The one saving grace here is that Vernon Robinson is such a slimy character that in a way it is not so terrible the more advertising he does.  You are providing a public good by having to deal with him, because I think it helps the Democratic party to have Vernon Robinson representing the Republicans.

    Best wishes, Dan

    •  In what ways was Greensboro a big loser (0+ / 0-)

      sorry, but I'm fascinated with redistricting. Were there any other ways, in your opinion, that NC could have been milked for more Democratic House Seats.

      •  That was not the issue (3+ / 0-)
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        I suspect that Brad Miller was doing a good job maximizing the number of Democratic seats in NC.  My complaint was that Greensboro, as is typical in NC politics, was paying the price in terms of lessened political power.

        As our districts are drawn right now, on my 10 minute drive from my home to church, I wake up in Howard Coble's district, drive through Brad Miller's district, and end up in Mel Watt's district.  Greensboro was carved up to serve other ends, which resulted in no one really representing Greensboro's interests.

        On one hand I like that this probably serves to have more Democrats elected in NC, but I think it is also part of bigger problem.  By creating far flung districts in multiple media markets, I think this redistricting increases the money it takes to win a Congressional seat and further biases our government towards the rich and away from grassroots candidates.

        But at the end of the day, how much can I really blame Brad Miller for playing the hand he is dealt?

        Best wishes, Dan

        •  Well Raliegh was split (0+ / 0-)

          up among four different districts. Also, Mike McIntyre won 70% of the vote the same year Bush got 56% percent, that's pretty impressive. But, Butterfield's district, 63% pro-kerry, a lot of that should have been drawn  into the one republican district in the area. Hoping to beat Taylor, or force him to ecke a victory. Wanted to beat you close neighboor, Robin Hayes. Any news on why the Emmanuel could not get a state senator, or state representative to run. This is a, Statewide at least, a strongly Democratic Leaning district.

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