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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:24 PM

 

Democrats won the House popular vote (Gerrymandering)

I was very confused as to how the Repugs managed to retain control of the House, while losing the Senate and executive office once again.

With a little bit of digging, I found out that nationally, Democrats received more votes for the House than Republicans, but gerrymandering allowed Republicans to ignore that numerical advantage.

You can find the facts here:
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/11/07/1159631/americans-voted-for-a-democratic-house-gerrymandering-the-supreme-court-gave-them-speaker-boehner/?mobile=nc

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lesgensvontgagner Nov 2012 OP
PDJane Nov 2012 #1
Lasher Nov 2012 #2
Dawson Leery Nov 2012 #3
Beowulf Nov 2012 #4
joshcryer Nov 2012 #5
msongs Nov 2012 #6
ananda Nov 2012 #7
w8liftinglady Nov 2012 #11
Coyotl Nov 2012 #8
Retrograde Nov 2012 #9
bemildred Nov 2012 #10

Response to lesgensvontgagner (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:26 PM

1. The republicans have been working on this since the last election.

I watched the reports from here, in my perch in Toronto, and wondered why the hell there wasn't more said and done about it.

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Response to PDJane (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:32 PM

2. Democrats want to be fair.

Republicans want to win.

Look at the gerrymandering in Texas, for example. Where Democrats have control of state legislatures and governor's offices, we see no reciprocity.

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Response to lesgensvontgagner (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:35 PM

3. Sam Wang at Princeton said the Democrats would have

to lead in the combined house vote by 2.5% in order to re-take the majority.
The result of gerrymandering.

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Response to lesgensvontgagner (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:38 PM

4. I suspected this was the case.

This needs to be brought up every time Boehner says his House majority gives him a mandate.

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Response to lesgensvontgagner (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:53 PM

5. This is what I predicted. The Republicans gerrymandering was the worst in history.

It was fucking atrocious how badly they did it.

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Response to lesgensvontgagner (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 08:57 PM

6. democrats gerrymander too, they just didnt control enough state houses to do it this time lol nt

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Response to lesgensvontgagner (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 09:07 PM

7. Take a look at Texas!

It's shameful. I'm in district 10 made specifically for Mike McCall by stretching the boundary into rural and Katy, Texas. Ugly.


http://maps.lcra.org/default.aspx?MapType=Congressional%20Districts

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Response to ananda (Reply #7)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 09:44 PM

11. Tell me about it.

Joe barton has District 6...
It looks like a Purple Penis with a squiggly happy ending.....not exactly what I think of when I see Joe.

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Response to lesgensvontgagner (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 09:19 PM

8. Great article. Must know stuff! REC

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Response to lesgensvontgagner (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 09:23 PM

9. California redistricting experiment that seems to be working

For the redistricting after the 2010 census, California used a citizens panel to draw the new boundaries rather than have state elected officials do it. There were the usual arguments, accusations and lawsuits, but the reorganization stood, and as a result now have 2/3 majorities in both state houses. It looks like we may even be sending a few more Democratic representatives to Congress.

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #9)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 09:33 PM

10. Yes. They all have to sweat here now. nt

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