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Wed Sep 13, 2017, 08:00 AM

"Gerrymandering and Pennsylvania's democratic deficit"

"It’s one more measure of how desperate the legislature is to avoid reforms aimed at better politics and democracy in order to protect its privileged, over-paid, over-perked, under-performing self.

Tuesday’s call by voters’ rights group Fair Districts PA seeking at least a hearing on efforts to reform Pennsylvania’s nationally vilified gerrymandering is almost certain to be ignored."

http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/john_baer/gerrymandering-and-pennsylvanias-democratic-deficit-20170912.html

It is literally vomit inducing that these "representatives" (who do not represent) and are the overwhelming majority in the pa legislature (GOP) lecture the world on the benefit of free market competition yet actually use their power to stifle electoral competition.

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Reply "Gerrymandering and Pennsylvania's democratic deficit" (Original post)
bronxiteforever Sep 13 OP
BigmanPigman Sep 13 #1
bronxiteforever Sep 13 #2
BigmanPigman Sep 13 #4
FakeNoose Sep 13 #5
FakeNoose Sep 13 #3
bronxiteforever Sep 13 #6

Response to bronxiteforever (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 09:04 AM

1. My family is from Philly and I showed my mom

the gerrymandering districts in that area. It looks like a fucking jigsaw puzzle...unbelievable! My mom is really pissed off about it and we don'the even live there anymore.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 09:41 AM

2. pa reporters need to lose their cowardice & put reps on the record

Of supporting fair democratic districts. The Pa media doesn't ask a damn question to these reps ( with occasional acts of courage notwithstanding) as to what their position is on this bill.

The local news outlets never let a real legislative problem stand in the way of kissing reps rear ends.

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Response to bronxiteforever (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 10:12 AM

4. Sounds like PA reps get away with the same BS as the Fed Govt.

regarding getting any of them to commit on the record. This was a factor in 45's win of the Electoral College (not popular vote). The media doesn't hold them accountable or ask the right questions let alone report it.

Whenever a member of Congress (both Dem and Repub) is asked about 45's instability and mental capacity they skirt around the issue and the media doesn't press them enough.

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Response to bronxiteforever (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 10:12 AM

5. DU encourges writing letters to the editor of our local papers

Believe me, the PA reps/senators do see these letters. So do at least some of the news reporters.

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Response to bronxiteforever (Original post)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 10:09 AM

3. Anti-gerrymandering efforts in PA

This is an awesome website about FAIR, a public interest group that's spearheading the anti-gerrymandering movement in Pennsylvania.

Link: https://www.fairdistrictspa.com/

You can join FAIR (free membership) for more info, or to become a volunteer, or to make a donation. Even if you don't want to join, this website is an awesome source of info. It's mainly of interest to Pennsylvanians, but not connected to either political party.

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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #3)

Wed Sep 13, 2017, 10:38 AM

6. I agree. Went to a Fair Districts presentation on two occasions

These folks are great Americans!

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