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  •  what we really need is a wave election (1+ / 0-)
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    that can push us back into the majority in many of these legislatures. The problem with waves is that you don't want them to happen too early. You'd rather have them close to census year. Becuase you've dems trying to hold onto seats that were drawn to elect Republican. So all need is neutral or even mildly R favorable year to start losing those seats again.

    The GOP got to lock in most of its gains by having the majorities during the census year. So they go back draw safe seats for all their vulnerable members.

    Otherways to get out would be to have 50 state strategy. We need to be out their registering voters and changing the electorate. Build up the party base, get involved with party apparatus. Volunteer on campaigns, phone bank, knock doors, etc.

    24, gay Atari Democrat CA-41

    by lordpet8 on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 11:25:00 AM PST

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    •  We also need people to vote straight Dem ... (4+ / 0-)

      all the way down the ticket.

      Too many people only vote the top and then fail to continue. In Missouri, they Republican lege elimated straight ticket voting just for that reason. If you think the Congressional gerrymander is bad, the State Legislature one is far worse.

      This is why the Dems have every statewide seat but three (1 Senator and the Auditor, who were both elected in 2010 plus the Lt. Gov., who is popular in St. Louis for some unknown reason) but yet are facing veto-proof Republican majorities in the State House and Senate for the next term.

      Right To Work is coming to Missouri soon, and it's the gerrymander that's doing it.

      •  Indeed (1+ / 0-)
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        It amazes that we held on to all our statewide seats this year, included an open secretary of state position( as we ran awesome canidate)

        The big issue we have my state of CA isn't so much people ticket splitting, but people undervoting. This why Republicans did so well San Diego for so long. Democratic Presidents would easily carry the city but those voters wouldn't vote for candidates down the ticket (they'd just left it blank on their ballots). That's finally starting to change thankfully. Obama won San Diego county again breaking 50%. The last Democrat to do that before was FDR in 1944! Democrats held onto their city council majority. won the mayors race, a county supervisor seat, and a  congressional seat!

        24, gay Atari Democrat CA-41

        by lordpet8 on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 12:31:38 PM PST

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    •  It can't be too early. (0+ / 0-)

      Remember that redistricting is not limited to only census years.  I'd rather see multi-member districts with ranked-choice voting (the ranked-choice voting should act to facilitate minority representation), but better redistricting of single-member districts, than a continuation of the current infuriating anti-democratic distortions.

      I am become Man, the destroyer of worlds

      by tle on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 01:48:49 PM PST

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