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  •  Here in Maryland, the Democrats gerrymandered (1+ / 0-)
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    and we picked up a seat by cutting off most of heavily Republican Frederick and Carroll counties from the 6th and adding in heavily Democratic Montgomery instead.  As a result, Roscoe Bartlett is headed for retirement and the Maryland delegation will be 7 Democrats and 1 Republican.  But my district, the 3rd, is unbelievable, about 75 miles long and 10 blocks wide, its multple octopus like tentacles snaking all over central Maryland.  Map is here.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 01:58:21 PM PST

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    •  NVT - in California we took it out of the hands (3+ / 0-)
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      of the politicians and have an independent commission of everyday folks who determine the districts. It seemed to work out very well. They made the districts without concern for incumbents or party registration. It turned out well.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 02:02:04 PM PST

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      •  Yep, I generally agree. But we need to get (1+ / 0-)
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        rid of the top two primary change. THAT didn't work out well. Good dems fighting one another in the election?  GAH! Not only is that money not well spent, it's just crappy policy, imho.

        202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

        by cany on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 02:07:55 PM PST

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        •  I agreed at first, but (0+ / 0-)

          now after seeing the results I think the top two primary is an excellent idea. It made even safe democratic districts competitive which in the end gives citizens more accountability over their elected officials. Plus it seems to have the effect of electing more progressive democrats. I mean I'm hardly disappointed that Rep. Pete Stark is being sent home and democrats hold the seat. However, I do think it should be coupled with instant runoff voting ensuring the winner receives the absolute majority of votes rather than a plurality.

      •  That's why I voted against my party (0+ / 0-)

        and for the Republican referendum that petitioned the districts to the ballot.  My hope, and the Baltimore Sun editorial hoped, it would encourage the politicians to adopt the California model.  But the voters approved the new districts.

        "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

        by Navy Vet Terp on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 02:13:15 PM PST

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