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  •  That's why it's so important to get redistricting (1+ / 0-)
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    reform on the ballot for the 2014 elections in every state where the republicans are going to try to get the electoral votes awarded by congressional district. That way it turns their win into a wash. Yes, they still pick up electoral college votes, but not as many as they hoped. Ohio and PA don't get to give 72% of their delegates to the next GOP candidate, only somewhere around 50%, and then republicans lose the house in 2016.

    This is in addition to getting measures ready to put on the ballot should they be dumb enough to try to push through the a change in how electoral college votes are awarded ahead of the 2014 elections when there is ample time to organize.

    We should also need organize in places that are reliably republican to get their vote split as well.  

    •  In Ohio right now the GOP is trying to head off (2+ / 0-)
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      the potential for continued attacks on gerrymandering by proposing their own watered-down redistricting reform pan that would still leave politicians in charge and whose start date would be pushed back to 2022 so they can enjoy a decade of absolute power in the state without worrying about payback from Democrats if they should win the key offices in 2020.

      That reminds me. I need to go call someone involved in the campaign that failed this year to get more info about what is happening on that front. Catch you later.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 09:07:24 AM PST

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      •  Ohio had a good reform bill that failed in 2012 (1+ / 0-)
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        Dems have to be careful of attempts by the news media to split support for these bills, as happened with our last one.

        They nitpick details and engage in fearmongering against progressive redistricting proposals. They'll do that to divide camps against each other.

        Don't let that happen.  Don't tell yourself, "Oh, I won't vote for that one, we can write a better one next time."  If corporate media is criticizing a measure, that means its a good one.  Their advertisers (beware especially of mega health care systems) have a vested interest in controlling government at the state level, not always to your benefit.  

        Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

        by Betty Pinson on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 09:34:07 AM PST

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    •  Excellent Idea re Redistricting Reform on Ballot. (1+ / 0-)
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      If Not Us, Who,..... If Not Now, When?

      by VirginiaBlue on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 09:17:37 AM PST

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