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  •  I don't think we should be celebrating this (10+ / 0-)

    guys. This redistricting bonanza that is about to start is going to wreak HAVOC on the country. State legislators are going to drop important business in an effort to gain more power and both parties are going to majorly screw over the entire country. This was probably the worst decision the Supreme Court ever made.

    -6.00, -4.41 "The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions" - poet James Russell Lowell

    by Deano963 on Thu Jun 29, 2006 at 10:44:11 AM PDT

    •  Trickle-down theory. (2+ / 0-)
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      State legislators are going to drop important business in an effort to gain more power and both parties are going to majorly screw over the entire country.

      You mean like they've done to the country?
      Finally, something that actually trickled down... but not in a good way.

      I would point every attempt to do this right back on the Repubrigands, so the country knows who wanted to allow this garbage to fly.

      "I'm not an actor, but I play one on TV."

      by zeitshabba on Thu Jun 29, 2006 at 10:48:32 AM PDT

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      •  well, the Texas lege already did (0+ / 0-)

        we had three special sessions to real with the big emergency of redistricting. Not the emergency of there being children without health care, not the emergency of unemployment or the poverty level or air pollution, any other actually important thing. And the Supremes just said that's perfectly ok.

        Three or four million each session -- even after the Dems made it clear that they'd do anything (have you ever been to Ardmore?) to stop the redistricting. Gov. Goodhair just kept calling special sessions. And it worked. He got what he wanted, almost -- Congressman Doggett is still in office, which Perry & Tom Delay have to really hate.

        So, redistrict over and over and over until they grasp the concept that this is a bad idea. At least, we'd get a session or two of Congress with some decent people in it. As many people have said, let us not unilaterally disarm.

        We have done the impossible and that makes us mighty - Firefly

        by anotherdemocrat on Thu Jun 29, 2006 at 06:34:12 PM PDT

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    •  I think both parties... (0+ / 0-)

      ... will need to show some restraint in not redistricting after every election. But Democrats who want to argue that their states ought to redistrict twice a decade instead of once would probably come off as being reasonable (in addition to achieving the desired political gains).

      •  it wouldn't happen anyways (0+ / 0-)

        State legislatures don't change partisanship after every cycle.  Sometimes it takes decades.

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        by cardinal on Thu Jun 29, 2006 at 01:09:21 PM PDT

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    •  Heh (22+ / 0-)

      This was probably the worst decision the Supreme Court ever made.

      You mean, after Bush v. Gore?

      My other car is a pair of boots.

      by FutureNow on Thu Jun 29, 2006 at 11:00:19 AM PDT

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    •  Yup, it's horrible (1+ / 0-)
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      But, they will do it, so we must too.  To do otherwise is to be "polite losers".

    •  And that changes things how exactly? (0+ / 0-)

      For sure it will result in the tyranny of the majority in each state.  You betcha it's going to wreck havoc.  But in another way, won't it almost render the parties obsolete if voters know the only reason they are stuck with a knuckle dragging idiot for a congressperson is because the lines are redrawn on a regular basis?  Maybe they will stop paying attention to the party and start paying attention to what the candidate is actually saying.  

      -3.63, -4.46 "Choose something like a star to stay your mind on- and be staid"

      by goldberry on Thu Jun 29, 2006 at 11:52:42 AM PDT

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    •  otoh (2+ / 0-)
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      GN1927, anotherdemocrat

      Maybe if it does start wreaking chaos, that will finally be enough for the citizens to rise up and demand that redistricting be done without partisan considerations, such as is done in Iowa. I've long thought that clean elections, fair redistricting, and guaranteeing our right to vote (which, never forget, Bush v. Gore took away) are the kinds of ballot initiatives that progressives could use to pump up the vote.

      But, in the meantime, I'll root for Dems to take over the Ohio statehouse as well. Redistricting there should be another prime opportunity for Dems.

      We need not stride resolutely towards catastrophe, merely because those are the marching orders. -- Noam Chomsky

      by kainah on Thu Jun 29, 2006 at 01:15:18 PM PDT

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