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View Diary: Does the House of Represenatives truly represent the make-up of the USA? (37 comments)

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  •  It is more complicated than gerrymandering (0+ / 0-)

    Democratic votes tend to be packed into compact urban areas that are overwhelmingly Democratic. For example, 19% of Obama's PA vote came from a single county, 23% of Obama's OH vote came from a single county, and half of Obama's NY vote came from a single city! It would be almost impossible to spread those votes over entire states.

    Besides, a lot of the Democratic caucus loves those D+30 districts. They have seats for life.

    •  NY was redistricted by the courts this time (0+ / 0-)

      and ended up 21-6 D. That is because all the NYC districts save one went D, which is about right.  

    •  Redistricting is a royal pain (0+ / 0-)

      Unless there's a trifecta in state government, or some gentlemen's agreement to leave incumbents alone, it seems that more often than not redistricting ends in a court battle.

      I'm surprised that the GOP hasn't more often endorsed the idea of independent commissions since court-drawn maps tend to follow the letter of the law and produce fair (hence Democratic-leaning) districts. While commissions tend not to go in for outright gerrymandering, the membership can be manipulated and members lobbied to create maps that protect specific incumbents or lean one way or the other overall.

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