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  •  I could (0+ / 0-)

    except PA-17 would still elect Bob Brady even if that happened. Remember, before 2011 Bob Brady's district was a majority-minority district, and he was still reelected easily.

    I also figure that, since Philadelphia has an approximately equal number of whites and blacks, that it would make sense for there to be one white and one black representative from Philly.

    (-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 12:41:50 PM PDT

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    •  That's not how the VRA works (1+ / 0-)
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      Bob Brady won because he was the chosen candidate of black voters. Which is fine. TN-09 doesn't stop being a black-majority VRA district just because it elects Steve Cohen.

      The purpose of the VRA is to ensure that cohesive blocs of minority voters have the power to elect candidates of their choice, not simple to elect minority congressmen.

      •  I never made a judgment about how the VRA works (0+ / 0-)

        and I'm not sure how your comment was supposed to respond to mine. Do you think that PA Republicans retrogressed when they redrew Brady's district to be much less black?

        (-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 01:04:34 PM PDT

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