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  •  I'm not sure (1+ / 0-)
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    plf515

    obviously, if we lose/gain seats, it'll have to happen.  There had been some talk about redistricting using the Dem State House and Senate.  I'm generally against that as a concept, but as I said, I've heard good arguments from both sides.

    •  They win, we wimp (1+ / 0-)
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      plf515

      An item at Swing State Project, still on its Front Page, reports a study from Election Data Services on the states that will lose seats. Illinois will lose one, by any of three forecasts, when the regular redistricting follows the 2010 Census, in time for the 2012 election.

      In 2003, Tom DeLay led the Texas Lege to do an unprecedented mid-decade redistricting, and the Democrats lost 5 or 6 House seats in the next election.

      After that there was some chatter about how two could play the game, by redistricting in states controlled by the Democrats, like Illinois. But of course the Democrats wimped out and it did not happen, except in Georgia, where the Repubs did it again.

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