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Just throwing it out there:

There has to be some constitutional way to bring a logistically fair redistricting process to all 50 states.

There is!  A carefully written amendment that commissions (the most politically neutral) retired federal judges as masters for redistricting in all 50 states and territories.

With computer science as sophisticated as it is, there is no logical argument for any state to have proportionally more representatives from one party than another.

If it takes a constitutional amendment to make this happen, then it has to get started somewhere, don't ya think???


Democracy holds that all people are represented fairly...

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    Laurence Lewis, Prof Haley, prfb

    "Gun violence places a tremendous burden on America's health care system. Direct medical costs for gunshot wounds total more than six million dollars a day." - The Violence Policy Center

    by Beastly Fool on Wed Oct 09, 2013 at 11:43:25 AM PDT

  •  A Constitutional Amendment? (0+ / 0-)

    Congress can't pass a CR and you think you can get super majorities in both houses and/or 38 state legislatures to agree on Federalizing one of the most protected State rights in US History.

    Can you add a "Free Beer" clause to this wishlist?

    Oh, and I want a pony.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Wed Oct 09, 2013 at 12:03:18 PM PDT

  •  That would work (1+ / 0-)
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    wilderness voice

    but I think it very unlikely that something designed to increase fairness would make it out of this Congress, let alone through 3/4 of the State legislatures, where the problem lies in the first place.

    More likely we could pass statewide initiatives in the most-gerrymandered states, like California did. it took a few tries, and the problem here was unusual in that the map was drawn to protect incumbents, not one party or the other, but eventually the process was taken out of legislative hands. If Ohio can repeal an unpopular law, they can put thyis on the ballot and pass it. Pennsylvania too, if thewir Constitution allows it. I'm less sure of Wisconsin or Michigan.

    into the blue again, after the money's gone

    by Prof Haley on Wed Oct 09, 2013 at 12:14:42 PM PDT

  •  You don't need a Constitutional Ammendment (2+ / 0-)
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    wilderness voice, Prof Haley

    Article 1 section 4 clause 1 reads:
    "The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing Senators."

    This means that states can make laws regarding federal elections, but Congress can impose uniform standards at any time. Congress has used that power several times, most notably imposing single-member districts and the Motor-Votor Act.

    If we could win back congress and persuade the Dems that it's in their best interests as a party, we could impose non-partisan federal distracting in all 50 states. If we somehow win back the house in 2014, we should work hard on the Democrats to undo the GOP filibuster through an Act of Congress. We should also try to significantly expand the number of representatives.

    Of course, this does not address gerrymandering at the state level...

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