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  1. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Democrats received 1.4 million more votes than Republicans in House races, the GOP won 234 seats to the Democrats’ 201. How did this happen?
    The hard fact is that Republicans are represented far beyond their proportion of the electorate in both the Senate and the House.
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    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/topoftheticket/la-na-tt-republicans-gerrymander-20130205,0,4455102.story

  2. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    My district in Ohio is so convoluted that the eastern and western segments meet below Columbus at the Scioto River, at a point where there is no bridge or other method to cross, and no town or village nearby.

  3. pirate227

    pirate227 said, over 1 year ago

    It’s the only way the GOP can win.

  4. Rickapolis

    Rickapolis said, over 1 year ago

    I am ashamed to say that here in Maryland they did the same thing. And it was even upheld in a referendum.

  5. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    I am against the gerrymander because it can be so easily misused by any side.

  6. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Districting is another thing that needs to be taken out of the hands of the legislatures. It should be given to citizens who have no financial interest and are disinterested in the outcome.

  7. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    ‘I am against the gerrymander because it can be so easily misused by any side.’
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    Gerrymandering is normally abused by both sides. The primary purpose of how district lines are drawn is to create/maintain safe seats, Republican districts for Republican legislators and Democratic districts for Democratic legislators.
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    This is a big reason why there is so much animosity between the two parties at both the national and state level. An individual not only doesn’t have to compromise with the other party, but may well be punished for doing so.

  8. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Utah, The Gerrymander state.

  9. Caligulla

    Caligulla said, over 1 year ago

    Blame lack of rural gentrification. Since Democratic voters tend to be wildly overrepresented in cities they tend to win those districts by a landslide, whereas in the more rural areas the Republicans hold on by more narrow margins, except in the ENTIRELY rural (e.g. barely inhabited) areas which vote overwhelmingly Republican, not that it matters since those districts are more rare and generally cover HUGE areas.

    Iff Democrats get out of their “enclaves” and spread themselves throughout the general populations then they’ll start to see increased Representation. If just a quarter of the minority population of Tarrant County spread out to the burbs around Fort Worth that’d easily be another Democratic seat in the House. Repeat that times a few metro areas all over the country and you’d have a Democratic majority in the House in ONE election cycle.

    (Note the use of iff is not accidental)

  10. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 1 year ago

    @ahab

    Depending on your source Utah is made up of 62.2% to 69.9% Mormon. It would have to be explained to me how you could gerrymander Utah so that any district did not have a majority of Mormons.

  11. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @mikefive

    The legislature pizza-slice-gerrymandered the state to try to dilute the democrat stronghold of the capital. It went way out into country to try to unseat the very few democrats represented in Utah’s Salt Lake City. Think of Salt LakeCity as a bull’s eye at the tip of the wedge. It still didn’t work despite the massive attempt to disenfranchise voters.

  12. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @mikefive

    It is in the october 2nd, 2011 Salt Lake Tribune article by Paul Rolly. It also discusses the gerrymandering done by Democrats in Mass. The article also discusses how gerrymandering drives down voting by frustrating moderates of both parties, resulting in parties being represented by their far right and far left voters, resulting in representatives reflecting that divide. www.sltrib.com

  13. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 1 year ago

    Virginia has tried to take the lead on gerrymandering. Although this is traditionally done every ten years, based on the census, Senate Republicans voted to re-gerrymander Senate districts last month. Representation in the Virginia Senate is 20 members of each party, except on inauguration day, when one democratic senator was absent to attend the inauguration.

    The Republicans picked that day to introduce and approve that legislation, 20-19. Clever SOBs, eh? They did that because our Lieutenant Governor (a Republican) is a man of real principles, and told them ahead of time he would not break a tie for them. So they booted HIM out of the equation, too.

    Fortunately for those of us who favor sanity, the ranking Republican in the House refused to bring the legislation to a vote, deciding it was just wrong, even if it originated in his own party. I guess he’ll be targeted for defeat next election.(I am not being ugly. They did this with Preston Bryant, who was an excellent Republican legislator for many years. He accepted Governor Tim Kaine’s (Democratic, now a US Senator) invitation to join his cabinet, and was immediately labelled a turncoat, and the party worked actively against him and any of his allies.)

    Interestingly, next year’s governor’s race will likely be between Mr. Cuccinelli, a Tea-Party favorite who spent untold millions taking Obamacare to the Supreme Court (but he only cost the state the $300 filing fee. Really. Why would he lie?), and a far-left former head of the DNC who has never held public office, Terry McAulliff (I am pretty sure I butchered his name). We can hope that Mr. Bolling, the above-referenced Lt. Governor, will run as an independent, since he is too moderate for the Republican party; Mr. Cuccinelli has already pretty much worked his way around Mr. Bolling.

  14. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @mikefive

    It is a bad practice both parties can’t resort from doing, that hurts all voters in the states that practice it like Utah&Massachusetts.

  15. ahab

    ahab GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @Ruff

    Wow, that is amazing!

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