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  •  are you also endorsing re drawing districts (0+ / 0-)

    so that racial make up is not a factor? Because that is one of the aspects of gerrymandering. And also note, gerrymandering is and age old practice of both parties. I agree that a non partisan district mapping process would be ideal. But that would also dilute minority representation.

    •  Yes and no (2+ / 0-)
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      In the near term, which means these voter initiated redistricting commissions, redistricting should absolutely still take into account minority representation as is currently required by the VRA, though not as heavily enforced as it would be if liberals controlled the Supreme Court.

      In the longer term though, I would love to see a move to proportional representation which would allow us to run a set number of minority candidates for our party so that it doesn't matter if a minority voter lives in a very heavily white area, they can still have the chance to elect a minority if they so choose (or vice versa for that matter for whites in heavily minority areas).  However this would end the two-party system and require a constitutional amendment so...

      NC-06/NC-04; -9.12, -8.62; Yellow Dog Democrat

      by sawolf on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 06:12:36 PM PST

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      •  seems your two goals are at odds (0+ / 0-)

        districts drawn on honest ground for populations, and yet, special districts strictly for minority candidates. This is exactly how the gop draws districts, in adhering to the VRA, gerrymands. "Here's a few minority districts (often created out of bizarre continuances) while we retain control over others. In practice, you cannot have it both ways.

      •  I am in Oh-11 (1+ / 0-)
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        and you do not have to draw the district down to Akron to maintain a majority or almost majority black district. African-Americans are spreading to Cleveland's west side, and also out to the eastern suburbs, some of which were sliced off and given to Oh-14 which is an interesting case. The Republicans didn't really protect it. It's still a swing district. They figured that with Steve LaTourette's inexplicable popularity, it wasn't worth wasting voters on. But then LaTourette suddenly retired in August. And the Democrats weren't running a real candidate this time, preferring to put their resources elsewhere. If the Democrats in this district can recruit a strong  candidate early, David Joyce is toast.

        Jon Husted is a dick.

        by anastasia p on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 09:06:57 PM PST

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