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  •  Seems Joe Kennedy (1+ / 0-)
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    would be in the Brookline-Newton district. He lives in Brookline and did best in Brookline and Newton. The rest of the district is relatively conservative except for Fall River and New Bedford. I'd imagine a Bristol-centric district would prefer a candidate from down there to one based so close to Boston. (Frank was in Newton for 30 years)

    Your work and Stephen Wolf's has made me feel better about Massachusetts and its districts. Every time gerrymandering has come up, I think of our 100% Democratic delegation despite 40% GOP votes. But our Democrats are spread pretty evenly across the state and it seems we hold the seats even with non-partisan districting.

    Great work!

    Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

    by fenway49 on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 09:14:34 AM PDT

    •  While Joe Kennedy (1+ / 0-)
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      lives in the Brookline-Newton district, Mike Capuano also lives there and has been in Congress for much longer. I had assumed that Kennedy would defer to Capuano and run in the 8th, especially since he represents a big chunk of it right now. And probably, no one in Massachusetts really wants to see a Kennedy/Capuano primary.

      You are right that one of the great things about Massachusetts is that its Democrats are spread relatively evenly throughout the state. It would take some pretty strong gerrymandering to draw even a tossup district, never mind one where the Republicans would be favored.

      (-8.38, -4.72), CT-02 (home), ME-01 (college) "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." -Spock

      by ProudNewEnglander on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 09:23:29 AM PDT

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      •  Hadn't noticed Somerville (0+ / 0-)

        was also in the district. It could be a tough sell if Kennedy moved southward. Of course all of this is hypothetical and we're nearly a decade away from having to redistrict.

        Given that our legislature, while no progressive's dream, is 80% Democratic in the House and 90% in the Senate, there's little chance of a strong gerrymander designed to give the Republicans a seat any time soon!

        Is that Raynham you've got in the Plymouth/Cape district?

        Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

        by fenway49 on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 12:01:46 PM PDT

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        •  Raynham is with the rest of Bristol County (1+ / 0-)
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          Bristol County is all in the same district, and the only towns in Plymouth County that are in the Bristol district are Rochester and Mattapoisett.

          (-8.38, -4.72), CT-02 (home), ME-01 (college) "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." -Spock

          by ProudNewEnglander on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 12:07:11 PM PDT

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            On the map it looks like the light blue of the Plymouth district juts west at one point. I remember the county line being relatively straight and thought one town was put into the Plymouth district. Raynham would make sense as it shares a school district with Bridgewater, which is in Plymouth County.

            Mattapoisett and Rochester with New Bedford makes sense. Seems like many Dems who hold office in New Bedford end up retired in Mattapoisett.

            Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

            by fenway49 on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 03:42:31 PM PDT

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            •  That jut west (1+ / 0-)
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              is Lakeville, which is in Plymouth County.

              (-8.38, -4.72), CT-02 (home), ME-01 (college) "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." -Spock

              by ProudNewEnglander on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 04:31:39 PM PDT

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                Explains it all!

                Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

                by fenway49 on Fri Apr 26, 2013 at 11:02:42 AM PDT

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