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Wed Jun 26, 2013, 05:55 PM

The Gerrymander Issue

Through the referendum process, California was able to overcome their gerrymandering process by taking the redistricting out of the hands of the politicians and into the hands of a bi-partisan commission. The differences in Congressional Districting were astounding -- it basically gave us a Super Majority in the State Leg. Here's a breakdown of the process:

http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Redistricting_in_California

It looks like 23 states have some sort of ballot initiative process:

http://www.iandrinstitute.org/statewide_i%26r.htm

Why is it not possible for more states, those with an initiative process, to be able to do as California has done?

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Le Taz Hot Jun 2013 OP
RainDog Jun 2013 #1
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mick063 Jun 2013 #2
Le Taz Hot Jun 2013 #4
Gregorian Jun 2013 #5
tabbycat31 Jun 2013 #6

Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 05:59 PM

1. this would be a great solution n/t

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Response to RainDog (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 06:03 PM

3. I just can't help but think about Texas

and North Carolina and Pennsylvania and so many other states that are WAY over-represented by Republicans while the Democrats are WAY UNDER represented. This is all achieved through gerrymandering and it's a critical front that must be fought in the battle for voter rights.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 06:03 PM

2. with a little research

 

One might discover how Arizona Republicans completely circumvented a similar well intended law.

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Response to mick063 (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 06:04 PM

4. Well, why don't you tell me.

It seems to have worked REALLY well in California. Maybe other states can learn from Arizona's mistakes.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 06:20 PM

5. This is the kind of thinking we need now.

Even if it isn't this exact idea, there will be others. I am predicting a lot of backlash and serious efforts to combat the threat to our nation that this bad court ruling had dealt.

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Response to Le Taz Hot (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 06:21 PM

6. NJ has a bipartisan commission

And a 'neutral' tiebreaker is agreed on by everyone (6D, 6R, tiebreaker). Except the tiebreaker is never neutral.

Legislative-- Dem tiebreaker, hence Dem gerrymander.
Congressional--GOP tiebreaker, hence GOP gerrymander.

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