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  •  I think that's great, but (0+ / 0-)

    I don't think that Dems in NY will take control of the State Senate so I wouldn't count on NY being one of the states.

    However I'm really concerned about what's going to happen here over the long haul.  If states consistently redistrict every time a party changes hands, this could really wreak havoc in the Congress.

    •  LOL (1+ / 0-)
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      "could really wreak havoc in the Congress"

      And that would be a bad thing?  What, are they going to start rolling over for Bush in 30 seconds instead of the current pace of about 1 minute???

      "I should like to be able to love my country and still love justice" ---Albert Camus

      by peaceandprogress on Thu Jun 29, 2006 at 10:48:00 AM PDT

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    •  I'm more concerned that (14+ / 0-)

      every time Republicans take control of a state, they redistrict but Dems do not.  

      In the end, it's bad for democracy.  But maybe eliminating Denny Hastert's seat or some other prominent Republican's seat will bring bi-partisan calls for Iowa-like neutral redistricting nationwide.

      Democrats cannot unilaterally disarm on this issue.  They will literally be legislated into permanent minority status.

      If you could, I'd gerrymander Illinois into a 14-5 Dem delegation.  New York should be made 24-5 from the current 20-9.  

      •  Perhaps a 'spoke' (0+ / 0-)

        approach wherein you draw several narrow but long districts combining parts of Chicago with suburbs and exurbs, weighting the districts toward city voters would get you to 14-5 in Illinois.

        Northwest IL will have to get a seat that will be GOP.  Downstate IL has to get 5 seats, at least 2 of which would need to be GOP (I think you could have 3 Dem seats based in the Springfield, Champaign, and East St. Louis if you balanced it just right).  Thus, you'd need to limit the GOP to one Chicago suburb/exurb seat.  Currently, they have the 6th (Hyde), the 10th (Kirk), the 11th (Weller), the 13th (Biggert), and the 14th (Hastert).

    •  Trust me I'm not saying we shouldn't do it (3+ / 0-)

      I agree that the Goopers will do it in a heartbeat.  I also think that this will make state legis races HUGELY more important now, esp in states where the term is only 2 years.

    •  Wreak havoc in Congress (0+ / 0-)

      And the problem with that is?

      "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex"

      by bobdevo on Thu Jun 29, 2006 at 11:10:56 AM PDT

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