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  •  to have partisan politicians draw CD boundaries (0+ / 0-)

    To teir favour is or should be totally unacceptable. Happens not in 0canada, the UK, Australia, NZ etc. All drawn by independent bodies.

    But if course: American Exceptionalism". Right. Exceptioanally dumb.

    Sorry for the insult. There's much in your country I admire, but your electioal system, well, not so much.

    I know you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. -- S.I. Hayakawa

    by tapu dali on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:04:14 PM PST

    •  Apologies for the typos. handheld w small keys (0+ / 0-)

      I know you believe you understood what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. -- S.I. Hayakawa

      by tapu dali on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:06:57 PM PST

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    •  Bipartisan politicians drawing the districts (0+ / 0-)

      is the supposedly "better plan" that Ohio's secretary of state Jon Husted is flogging after attacking (with his fellow Republicans) the now-defeated ballot issue of replacing the current system with a nonpartisan citizen commission that would have given an equal amount of seats to independents and minor party members. (Of course, we all know how much Husted looooooves democracy!) He offered this plan when he was in the lege too: to expand the size of the apportionment board, adding more politicians and requiring a certain amount of minority buy-in. All that would lead to is horse trading: if you protect my incumbent over here, I'll protect yours over there. We saw last year how rapidly a politician can become an enemy of electoral democracy when Kucinich went off the rails supporting the extreme gerrymander — until it no longer benefited him. He even attacked his fellow Democrats for fighting for a better deal — one reason they shrugged when he was ultimately pitted against a fellow incumbent Marcy Kaptur. I'm in the next district east,where I am represented by the estimable Marcy Fudge (just elected head of the Congressional Black Caucus!) but many people I know are now in Marcy's district. And I think she's going to work out better for them. Dennis, that was a crappy place to go.

      Take the "Can't(or)" out of Congress. Support E. Wayne Powell in Va-07. http://www.ewaynepowell.com/

      by anastasia p on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 07:30:51 PM PST

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