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Gerrymandering, lesson one: PA goes 52-47 for Obama, elects a 13-5 GOP House delegation.

This means only one thing

we have 8 years left to run local campaigns to reclaim the state senate and house chambers that are left. We're going to have to start at the local level. City councils... etc

Dailykos needs a major campaign. We need to get kossacks to run on an unmitigated reform oriented platform... Anyone who does this from this Site who is a long term supporter  i'm willing to volunteer for and donate to!

The GOP unfortunately controlled this shit on lockdown in 2010 and were able to retain the house tonight ENTIRELY because Local Dems have been ignored, gotten lazy, or I don't know. no one cares about local issues unfortunately or even know enough about them. The gerrymandering claims would fall on deaf ears with the SCOTUS we had as well.

I'm in oregon here myself. I'm not sure how the state house and senate look but I know one thing.  We can sit on our asses and bitch about gerrymandering (and it would all be valid) or get off our asses and run for office. We have 8 years to do this and it's of PARAMOUNT importance.

Tonight showed us Citizens united is not all powerful. It showed us people power can drown out the noise of Corporate tyranny. With upset victories all about and a senate that looked like it was totally going to fall into the hands of corporate interest... Todd akin lost, Richard lugar's LONG time seat went up in smoke and bachmann herself as of this diary is in a very uncertain situation that is almost certainly leading to a recall fight.

That Bachmann is in this fight is because we won in minnesota. But in PA? the republicans won. If anything carries home the HOPE and promise like tonight... tonight was a watershed election that will mean control of the supreme court and has demostrated that 4 years has significantly shifted the demographics in this country. Obama's stance on Latino rights has changed the whole ball game and his Bailout of The auto companies etc.

We lost Dennis Kucinich to this Gerrymandering. We lost a whole bunch of great people as a result.

http://thinkprogress.org/...

These maps need to be undone. I'm not suggesting WE gerrymander ourselves but that we remove the clear unchallenged bias the GOP has given itself.

Originally posted to daeros on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 03:31 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    http://www.actblue.com/page/accountabilitynow If the dnc dscc or dccc send you mailers, send that link back to them and tell them you won't send money to people who defend democrats who betray progressive principals! up yours!

    by daeros on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 03:31:06 AM PST

  •  Yep (1+ / 0-)
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    Ohio similar. An all-out gerrymandering effort.
    12-4 Republican in a state that Obama and Sherrod Brown won.

    The Ohio ballot initiative to undo the mess was a 64-36 loser.

    Illinois gerrymander went the other way.

    The plural of anecdote is not data.

    by Skipbidder on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 04:19:23 AM PST

    •  Maryland similar, but an OMalley-Miller-Busch (1+ / 0-)
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      -a-mander.

      I'm happy to see Roscoe Bartlett go, he was a poster boy for creaking oldsters in office through inertia.

      MD-01, our district, was written off completely by state and national Dems, sticking us with "Teabag Andy" Harris.

      It was set up as a red vote sink, when really parts are more 50/50.

      So. It's probably past time for a federal law on redistricting which is based on non/apolitical commissions and modern technology.

      Right now modern technology is being used to facilitate status quo Congressional elections. It obviously should be used to create compact districts. The math in essence is simple ... Minimize the circumference of all districts in relation to their area.

      It's the computation that's hard, but those tools are here.

      Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

      by dadadata on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 04:36:42 AM PST

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  •  That's a great site project. (1+ / 0-)
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    Recruit House candidates ASAP, and spend the next two years raising money to mail info on incumbent Rep voting to constituents to show them that the people they elected or re-elected actually believe the same things the Akins and Mourdocks do.

  •  I added some states tags to this, since they faced (0+ / 0-)

    the same issue, or at least the discussion about it would be a good one.

  •  I'd trade Dem supermajorities in IL legislature... (0+ / 0-)

    ...for fair, independent redistricting in ALL 50 states anyday. My model independent redistricting process involves Iowa-style agency-generated maps approved by a California-style redistricting commission.

    Committed to making sure that Mark Kirk and Ron Johnson are shown the door in 2016!

    by DownstateDemocrat on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 05:06:18 PM PST

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