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I like this map because it's fair both in terms of respecting Wisconsin's purple-ness by creating lots of swing districts and because each district makes sense geographically and for the most part looks nice.

Here's the statewide view:
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Now, district-by-district.
WI-1: Paul Ryan (R)
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2008 PVI (keep in mind Wisconsin was a point or two bluer in 2008 than in general): R+2
Rating: Lean R
Cities: Milwaukee's Suburbs (Oak Creek, Greenfield, South Milwaukee, Cudahy, St Francis, Muskego, Vernon, Franklin, Caledonia), plus Racine and Kenosha
This district fits nicely into the southeast corner of the state.  It takes in Racine and Kenosha, which are kept together under any fair map, and then goes north and west, taking in much of Walworth County and southern Milwaukee and Wauke$ha counties.  It does include both suburbs, small cities, and rural areas, as well as a few thousand residents of Milwaukee, but it almost has to be drawn this way.  I left of Ryan's hometown of Janesville, which doesn't really fit here.  

WI-2: Mark Pocan (D)
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PVI: D+17
Rating: Safe D
Cities: Madison, Janesville, Beloit, Fitchburg, Oregon, Sun Prairie
A Madison-based district must be drawn, and I then moved outward to take in the parts of Southern Wisconsin neither Ryan nor Kind got in their districts.  Dane County is split, but otherwise the other districts can't be drawn as nicely.

WI-3: Ron Kind (D)
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PVI: D+4
Rating: Likely D
Cities: La Crosse, Eau Claire
This mostly rural district is home to Ron Kind, who represents his rural district well by being a pretty reliable Dem vote who splits with the party on gun control.  The southern half of this district is getting bluer while the northern half is getting redder, so it should stay close to D+4.  

WI-4: Gwen Moore (D)
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PVI: D+20
Rating: Safe D
Cities: Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, West Allis
This district is Milwaukee and some inner suburbs.  It almost has to be drawn this way.  It's majority-minority, a real rarity in the Upper Midwest.

WI-5: Jim Sensenbrenner (R)
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PVI: R+14
Rating: Safe R
Cities: Waukesha, West Bend, Mequon, Brookfield, New Berlin (all suburbs), Sheboygan
The Milwaukee area is split between Ryan, Moore, and Sensenbrenner, but there's a bit of population the latter still needs, so I drew him up to Sheboygan, an old manufacturing town.  He's safe and it looks pretty nice.

WI-6: Tom Petri (R)
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PVI: EVEN
Rating: Tilt R
"Cities": Fond du Lac, Watertown, Stevens Point
Longtime incumbent Petri gets a tough district, with about half of it new.  It's basically the central part of the state and is very rural.  I think incumbency would give him the edge but a wave year would send him out, and he might retire rather than face a tough race.

WI-7: Sean Duffy (R)
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PVI (bigger GOP trend here than other districts): D+1
Rating: Tilt R
"Cities": Superior, Wausau
This district is almost entirely rural, and it's ancestrally Dem.  A Northwoods district is a natural configuration and this is the result.  Like Petri, Duffy loses even in a small wave.  With time and the trend here, however, he could become a bit safer and make this Lean R rather than Tilt R.  

WI-8: Reid Ribble (R)
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PVI: D+1
Rating: Tilt R
Cities: Green Bay, Appleton, Oshkosh, Neenah, Manitowoc, De Pere
The Fox Valley district is both clean and a strong COI, with Manitowoc added for population.  

Basically, the result of a clean Wisconsin map is three Dem seats, two GOP seats, and three slightly GOP seats.  Only three seats are completely safe, and wave years in Wisconsin would be more exciting than ever.

6:02 PM PT: I redrew it a bit.  Here's the new map:

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PVI changes: WI-3 from D+4 to D+5, WI-5 from R+14 to R+13, WI-6 from EVEN to R+1

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    20, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (school)
    politicohen.com
    Socially libertarian, moderate on foreign policy, immigration, and crime, liberal on everything else.
    UC Berkeley; I think I'm in the conservative half of this city. -.4.12, -4.92

    by jncca on Sat May 11, 2013 at 04:29:47 PM PDT

  •  Nice map (1+ / 0-)
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    blueyedace2

    How are you going to make it real?

     State Senator Dave Hansen and State Rep Eric Genrich would be interested. I will share this on the Brown county democratic facebook page.

    I don't hit. But I do hit back

    by mcgee85 on Sat May 11, 2013 at 04:42:53 PM PDT

    •  I can't make it real. (1+ / 0-)
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      blueyedace2

      There would have to be a nonpartisan redistricting commission set up by the state legislature or via a ballot measure, and that seems rather unlikely although it would be nice.

      20, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (school)
      politicohen.com
      Socially libertarian, moderate on foreign policy, immigration, and crime, liberal on everything else.
      UC Berkeley; I think I'm in the conservative half of this city. -.4.12, -4.92

      by jncca on Sat May 11, 2013 at 04:59:20 PM PDT

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    •  just an aside, how about we dream bigger than this (0+ / 0-)

      U.S. Constitutional amendment mandating fairness in the drawing of districts at both the national and state levels.

      Not necessarily using the term "fairness" in the language, but something with that intent.

  •  A few things (2+ / 0-)
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    WisJohn, Englishlefty

    1. Door and Kewaunee Counties need to be connected to Brown or Manitowoc County. Water contiguity is completely unnecessary here.

    2. Why do you have the word 'cities' in quotes for districts 6 and 7? Are you denying that Fond du Lac and Wausau are cities? Newsflash: They are.

    3. I'm not a fan of your splits of Dane and Waukesha Counties. I think they should both be kept whole.

    Here's my advice: Take the Door Peninsula out of the 7th, and give the 7th Clark and more of Chippewa. This should create a chain reaction that should fix the districts.

    (-8.38, -4.72), CT-02 (home), ME-01 (college) "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." -Spock

    by ProudNewEnglander on Sat May 11, 2013 at 05:44:19 PM PDT

    •  . (1+ / 0-)
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      Sunspots

      1. Didn't think about the water there, but doing that will make the 5th less suburban and I'm trying to keep it suburban.

      2. They are towns, not cities.

      3. The districts are better with the splits.  Not splitting Waukesha means Ryan's district goes to Janesville/Beloit which aren't in the Milwaukee area, and not splitting Dane means Petri goes all the way to the Illinois border.  Both those outcomes are worse to me than the county splits.

      20, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (school)
      politicohen.com
      Socially libertarian, moderate on foreign policy, immigration, and crime, liberal on everything else.
      UC Berkeley; I think I'm in the conservative half of this city. -.4.12, -4.92

      by jncca on Sat May 11, 2013 at 05:54:19 PM PDT

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      •  They are cities, per statute. (2+ / 0-)
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        Sunspots, ProudNewEnglander

        Cities in Wisconsin are divided into four classes:

        -First class: Cities with 150,000 or more people
        -Second class: Cities with 39,000 to 149,999 people
        -Third class: Cities with 10,000 to 38,999 people
        -Fourth class: Cities with 9,999 people or less

        Towns are what the rural, unincorporated areas are divided up into.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/...

        Gay farm boy, 20, who hit the city to go to college, WI-03 (home, voting), WI-02 (college), -5.88, -3.64, 2012 Daily Kos Elections Pick'Em runner-up.

        by WisJohn on Sat May 11, 2013 at 06:39:18 PM PDT

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        •  Yes, but I just think it's kind of a joke to (0+ / 0-)

          call anything of that size a city.  I know technically it is.

          20, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (school)
          politicohen.com
          Socially libertarian, moderate on foreign policy, immigration, and crime, liberal on everything else.
          UC Berkeley; I think I'm in the conservative half of this city. -.4.12, -4.92

          by jncca on Sat May 11, 2013 at 06:43:20 PM PDT

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    •  Ok, turns out doing what you suggested (2+ / 0-)
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      blueyedace2, Sunspots

      keeps Dane whole as well.  I'm keeping Wauke$ha split though.

      20, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (school)
      politicohen.com
      Socially libertarian, moderate on foreign policy, immigration, and crime, liberal on everything else.
      UC Berkeley; I think I'm in the conservative half of this city. -.4.12, -4.92

      by jncca on Sat May 11, 2013 at 06:02:23 PM PDT

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      •  There is a way (1+ / 0-)
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        Englishlefty

        to both keep Waukesha whole and keep Ryan's district out of Janesville/Beloit. Just give Ryan's district the rest of Milwaukee County after you've made Moore's district, and then include all of Racine, Kenosha, and Walworth Counties, and then put in just the first column of townships in Rock County, and then put in the portions of Whitewater that are in Jefferson County. Voila!

        (-8.38, -4.72), CT-02 (home), ME-01 (college) "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." -Spock

        by ProudNewEnglander on Sun May 12, 2013 at 07:42:36 AM PDT

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  •  I can't say I like this map (0+ / 0-)

    You've split the Milwaukee suburbs between two districts when there's no reason to do so; I especially don't see why Waukesha county is drawn in with Manitowoc from a fair perspective.

    On the other hand, you've sort of succeeded in creating a lot of somewhat competitive districts, but I think they'd have all gone GOP last year leaving us with the same 3-5 split though I could maybe see us winning the 6th with Lassa but less likely than not. The northwoods in particular swung hard right last year and D+1 in 2008 is probably about R+4 in 2012 which isn't exactly competitive. You'd probably have to keep Duffy and Ribble at D+3 in 2008 to make their seats a truly competitive seat which probably requires reabsorbing Stevens Point for the 7th and making the 6th uncompetitive. I think you could also bump up Ryan's a bit more as his seat went from R+2 to R+4 last year and he's a relatively strong incumbent in an R leaning seat. I'd drop Waukesha County from the 1st and add Beloit and maybe drop western Milwaukee if that's too much population. I'm assuming the whole point of this map was to make Arizona style competitiveness a priority, but to do that you really have to ignore the 2008 numbers. I'd look at the 2012 county data and 2010 downballot data if I wanted to make competitive districts priority 1.

    •  Responses (1+ / 0-)
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      Sunspots

      The thing is, the 8th has to be drawn as is to keep a Fox Valley district.  Considering that, the only way to not have an ugly 6th is to have the 5th go up to Manitowoc.  The choices are: ugly district 6 or split Milwaukee suburbs (but keep the 1st in the Milwaukee area).  I picked the latter.

      I wasn't trying to create competitive districts; it was an accident.  Just an interesting observations that there were so many.

      20, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (school)
      politicohen.com
      Socially libertarian, moderate on foreign policy, immigration, and crime, liberal on everything else.
      UC Berkeley; I think I'm in the conservative half of this city. -.4.12, -4.92

      by jncca on Sat May 11, 2013 at 09:16:55 PM PDT

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      •  I'd actually rather have an ugly district 6 (0+ / 0-)

        Manitowoc and Sheboygan really do not belong with the Milwaukee suburbs. Even if you put then with Fond Du Lac, Stevens Point, and Wisconsin Rapids, that's still a better fit.

        I like your new 3rd, 7th, and 8th. Just take the 1st out of Waukesha, extend the 5th into Jefferson and Dodge, and give Manitowoc and Sheboygan to the 6th, and your map would be perfect.

        (-8.38, -4.72), CT-02 (home), ME-01 (college) "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." -Spock

        by ProudNewEnglander on Sun May 12, 2013 at 07:59:30 AM PDT

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  •  I think a court map would be more like the 02-12 (0+ / 0-)

    map with the exception of the 1st looking more like 92-02, with it gaining the rest of Rock County and Green County

    Social Democrat, WI-05

    by glame on Sun May 12, 2013 at 10:44:14 AM PDT

  •  This splits too many counties unnecessarily (0+ / 0-)

    To be called "fair", IMO (assuming "fair" means something a commission would draw, which may not be the case for you).

    District 1 especially makes no sense from this perspective.

    25, Practical Progressive Democrat (-9.38, -8.51), Gay, IN-02 - Defeat Wacky Jackie for 2014!

    by HoosierD42 on Mon May 13, 2013 at 11:13:53 PM PDT

    •  We have different definitions (0+ / 0-)

      I didn't say "court-drawn"

      20, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (school)
      politicohen.com
      Socially libertarian, moderate on foreign policy, immigration, and crime, liberal on everything else.
      UC Berkeley; I think I'm in the conservative half of this city. -.4.12, -4.92

      by jncca on Tue May 14, 2013 at 01:30:26 PM PDT

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