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  •  Have you not read anything about the (2+ / 0-)
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    gerrymandering that GOP controlled state legislatures did?

    Republicans cause more damage than guns ever will. Share Our Wealth

    by KVoimakas on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 06:20:20 AM PST

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    •  Gerrymandering is a two-edged sword (4+ / 0-)

      A party can Gerrymander to maximize the number of safe districts they have, or, it can Gerrymander to maximize the number of seats they win. the GOP has Gerrymandered for the most members option.

      When that is done, the math demands that the party's core cadre voters must be assigned to a larger and larger number of districts. This allows an advantage in a large number of districts, but the advantage is small.

      What happens under this Gerrymandering strategy is one party can win the majority, but, should a big issue come along that party can lose its small advantage overnight. When this happens the majority party loses massively across the board.

      Gerrymandering is not new. Both parties have done it for decades. Lines get more and more complex, but the basic math remains. Divide a finite number of supporters into more districts, and there are fewer core supporters per district.

      That's politics.

    •  That's still nine years away, and I've still never (1+ / 0-)
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      met a true fortune teller in my life. However the truth about political uncertainty is not nearly as dramatic as broad pronouncements.

      There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

      by oldpotsmuggler on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 12:12:38 PM PST

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