Glenn McCoy by Glenn McCoy

Glenn McCoy

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  1. ODon

    ODon said, 3 days ago

    Republicans have been winning this battle, but both parties have shown no shame in this unjust practice. Past time to redraw districts in a non partisan manner.

  2. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, 3 days ago

    @ODon

    But then candidates might have to moderate themselves in order to appeal to a broad spectrum of voters! It’s like you WANT America to collapse!

  3. vfwiffo

    vfwiffo said, 3 days ago

    Been there done that. Let’s say you create a “majority-XX district”. Oooh, cool. Auto-win. But then you start winning by too much. Uncool. You could use the XX voters in places where you don’t win. Lets split a little of those XX voters and add them…. over there.

    Now, guess what XX stands for.

  4. Evil_Elf_BK

    Evil_Elf_BK GoComics PRO Member said, 3 days ago

    Great toon.

  5. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 3 days ago

    Hmm, the ultimate stupid gerrymandering was the west drawing the boundary lines in the MIddle East.

  6. ODon

    ODon said, 3 days ago

    @dtroutma

    trout – Excellent observation.

  7. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, 3 days ago

    Another in the long parade of issues titled:


    It’s OKAY If A Republican Does It.


    And no, it’s NOT okay when Democrats do it. For many decades, Democrats AND Republicans have agreed to gerrymanerding in order to create as many safe seats as possible. Republicans caught Democrats asleep when they changed gerrymandering technique to create as many Republican districts as possible — state and federal districts.


    Acknowledgement to Republicans for their surprise attack. Derision to Democrats for failing to recognize.


    And yeah, it needs to be taken out of the hands of legislatures and put into the hands of non partisans with the objective of creating more or less equal size and shape districts.

  8. OldCoal

    OldCoal GoComics PRO Member said, 3 days ago

    People don’t understand the purpose of gerrymandering. It is not to make whichever side controls the gerrymander 100% certain of election in xxx district, it’s to make the election of the OTHER side 100% certain in closely matched districts. Don’t get it? Let me give an example. Suppose we have five districts, where REDS and BLUES are closely matched, and one side decides to gerrymander. The purpose is to snatch voters of the other side and concentrate them so now you have four districts where one side outnumbers the other by say 10%, and a fifth district where one side has a nearly 100% advantage. So assigning numbers, say we have 1000 voters in each district and they are evenly split. We redistrict, taking 100 BLUES from each of four districts and adding them to one district, and we take 400 REDS from that district and distribute them among the four districts. The result is that REDS now enjoy a 600/400 advantage in four districts, while BLUES have a 900/100 advantage in the fifth district, but can no longer affect legislation in any way, because they are now outnumbered four to one in the legislature.
    That help?

  9. MrGromit

    MrGromit said, 3 days ago

    Egads. The cartoon is spot on, nice job, Glenn, yet again.

    Both parties do it and both parties are fully involved in every case.

    Sometimes the people in one of the parties are a bit more astute than the other, but when it comes to redistricting, the state-level people make dam* sure they send they’re best and brightest to assure they’re getting a good deal.

    Again, both parties are always involved and have to come to an agreement.

  10. warjoski

    warjoski GoComics PRO Member said, 2 days ago

    @The Wolf In Your Midst

    Okay, that was funny. Thanks. I needed that.

  11. manteo16nc

    manteo16nc said, 2 days ago

    Check out the February 9 2015 Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal strip. Zach Weinersmith’s proposed solution for gerrymandering would prevent it, or at least embarrass the daylights out of the politicians who tried it.( If they can still be embarrassed.)
    Here in Madiganistan(aka Illinois), our district went from an eleven point Republican victory in 2010 to a Democrat in 2012 thanks to what Politico.com called the fifth worst redistricting in U.S. history. The Demos finagled five seats into their column…but lost two of them in 2014 anyway, with House Democrats now at their lowest level since the Hoover administration. Gerrymandering is really just a delaying tactic.

  12. manteo16nc

    manteo16nc said, 2 days ago

    Of course, that “equal area” thing is a sticking point.

  13. manteo16nc

    manteo16nc said, 2 days ago

    OK, time for me to be embarrassed. The Democrats picked up FOUR seats in 2012 through gerrymandering in Illinois in the U. S. House, not five. Then they lost half of them next election. Same point. In the long run, you still have to have the voter’s support.

  14. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, 1 day ago

    Math to the rescue:

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    You take a state. You flip a coin. Heads means N/S, tails means E/W. You split the state either way, leaving the same amount of citizens on either side (first iteration). Then you split it the other way (second iteration).

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    You repeat this process until you have enough districts (or a small enough amount of people per district to handle). And I don’t care if a dividing line goes right through your bedroom and bed: you vote in district #12, your wife in district #13, period.

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    After four years you repeat the process, ensuring fairness and foiling those who think they can game the system. Yes, it is costly. Yes, it might be strange to live in a new district every four years. But it is very, very fair!

  15. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, about 2 hours ago

    We’ve always had gerrymandering and always will. The problem is that districts are drawn up by State Legislators and Governors. And Democrats have had a tough time winning any of those lately. Thus, their bellyaching.

    BTW, I’m waiting the our brilliant liberal commentators to post how gerrymandering effects the Presidential election. They’re overdue.

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