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    Nowhere Man, Joieau

    did not change the existing racial boundaries in a way that disproportionally affected minority voters.  It could have redrawn districts in a way that provided 2 districts where blacks woulds have been elected.  The redrawing was done to advantage on the basis of political leanings (we do not have registration by party in Virginia) and since SCOTUS has said using that as a basis is constitutional, there was no basis for the Justice Department to deny those district lines.

    Two other points while I am responding.

    1.  Changes do not have to be approved by the Justice Dept under the pre-clearance provisions of VRA - can also go to Federal Court in DC for that

    2.  current attempts to redraw state senate districts in VA are different.  They are unconstitutional, but under a provision of the Virginia Constitution, which stated that redistricting would be done in 2011 using the results of the 2010 census and every ten years thereafter.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 07:25:46 AM PST

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    •  So... as long as the (2+ / 0-)
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      sunny skies, Americantrueandblue

      dehumanization effort (from one person one vote to one person 3/5ths of a vote) dehumanizes all 'classes' of citizen because of where they live instead of what color/sex they are, it's perfectly okay?

      Wow.

      I look forward to predominantly urban states doing the same thing by diminishing the enfranchisement of those who stubbornly choose to live in rural environments.

      •  gerrymandering is constitutional (0+ / 0-)

        so long as purpose is not explicitly racial or any other protected class.

        Being a Democrat is not a protected class.

        That the vast majority of democrats in a district happen to be black or jewish is considered incidental - party affiliation is not fixed, racial identification is.

        "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

        by teacherken on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 03:40:11 PM PST

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