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    The Geogre

    gerrymandering accounts for about half of Democrats' shortfall in Congress, that is the difference between the number of seats they would have won if the system were neutral and the number of seats they hold. So it does matter. But it's about half of the problem.

    The gerrymandering to give the state houses over to the Republicans you write about is really criminal. Jimmy Carter is right when he says we don't have a functioning democracy.

    •  One look at the map (1+ / 0-)
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      and the returns and you know that's how it went down -- at least here it did.  About an equal number of NC House seats for each side went uncontested by the opposition party (26-25 R).  The state Senate was a bit more lopsided with 16 R seats and 7 D seats unchallenged.  There ARE only 50 seats in the senate and 120 in the House, so fully 1/3 of the state legislature was elected not by majority, but by default.  Why, one may ask, did the NCDP not challenge at least SOME of these candidates?  The state Dem party is ... well, to be kind, in a "transitional phase".  Or as I like to call it, "complete disarray".  And it was probably likely that they dared not take the chance that challenging a securely red seat would result in a flood of Pope money -- with help from Americans For the Prosperous (or Preposterous) -- backing GOP candidates to take on solidly blue seats.  The balance of power in NC shifted on a seismic level in 2010, and the Dark Red Money is a fearsome spectacle to behold.

      But the public is beginning to see through the veil of lies.  McCrony's approval rating is hovering around 35%, the NCGA's below 20%.  There's a lot of anger to be tapped on both sides of the political divide, and the favorite targets at THIS moment appear to be the majority party.  So if Randy Vollner and the NCDP can pull their collective heads out in 2014, the time has never been better for a sea change in the legislature.  We're stuck with McCrony until 2016, unfortunately -- NC has no recall law.  But as long as the fire can be kept hot, it's not hard to see him as a one-termer.  FSM knows he's broken enough shit in just 9 months on the "job" to make it feasible for a candidate anywhere approaching credible to take him down.

      I'll believe corporations are people when one comes home from Afghanistan in a body bag.

      by mojo11 on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 11:04:02 AM PDT

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