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  •  State houses were the real loss for Ds in 2010 (2+ / 0-)

    The fact that Ds lost so many state houses in 2010 was much worse than losing the House of Representatives.

    Rs went right out and gerrymandered the heck out of districts.  Think about states like OH, PA, MI where Rs control the state legislatures...the number of Republican House Members to Democratic House Members is now way out of whack with the electoral dynamic of the states.  Each of those states has about 2 Republicans in the House of Representatives to every 1 Democrat, and yet they all went majority Obama.

    Now that all these seats are more gerrymandered than even 2000, it's going to a tough, if not impossible climb for Ds to ever get a House majority.

    And that's not to say the Ds don't gerrymander either...I'm looking at you IL and CA!

    The whole system is a total screw job and needs fixin'.

    •  California_Citizens_Redistricting_Commission (0+ / 0-)

      No more Gerrymandering in CA?
      (but I'm 2,000 miles East).
      This should be the law of the land. The wiki describes how the commissioners are selected. Starts with a committee of "auditors." Then finalists with some selected by lot.

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

      While the long-term results will bear out over time, independent studies by the Public Policy Institute of California, the National Journal, and Ballotpedia have shown that California now has some of the most competitive districts in the nation, creating opportunities for new elected officials.

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