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Tag: Gerrymandering

Obama Era Sees Conservatives Tighten Grip on States

During Obama’s tenure, Republicans have gained unprecedented power at the state level, doubling the number of state legislatures that they control and securing 32 governorships.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE

(Mis)Representations by Gerry Mander

“The Daily Show’s” Jason Jones discusses the “art” of gerrymandering with redistricting consultant Kimball Brace, a man who won’t stop drawing ludicrous new districts even after he’s run the country into the ground. The only thing left to do is honor this artist with a gallery exhibit that shows how he uses color to change the face of American politics.

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GOP’s Corporate Soul Trying to Wrest Control From the Tea Party

In a couple of special elections for congressional seats, traditional big business backers of the Republican Party are investing heavily in primary campaigns to try to grab the steering wheel from the tea party. How successful they are could have broad repercussions for how Washington works, and for the nation.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE

Public Opinion Strategies

The Biggest Problem With Congress? There Is No Middle Anymore

Republican political consultants dissected the recent battle over Obamacare and the government shutdown and concluded that consensus is hard to find in the House because the political middle has disappeared. Blame gerrymandering, big bucks campaigning, and voters. Yep, we got the government we asked for. Well, that some people asked for.

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 READ MORE

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Whom to Blame for the Shutdown? How About Ourselves?

With a political process skewed to ensure the re-election of incumbents, and low voter turnout in midterm congressional primaries and elections, we have a system ripe for exploitation. And so it has been. Yet we do nothing to try to change it.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 READ MORE

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Rubio Not Convinced on Climate Change, Fox News Goes After Hillary, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the death of the Virginia GOP’s gerrymandering scheme and a Republican lawmaker in Idaho who wants to make Ayn Rand required reading in high school.

Posted on Feb 6, 2013 READ MORE

Sen. Leahy Calls Out NRA’s LaPierre, Fox News’ Ratings Drop, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including John Kerry’s Senate replacement named and the GOP’s failing attempt to rig the 2016 presidential election.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE (CC BY 2.0)

How Gerrymandering Stacked the House With Republicans

In the 2012 elections, it appears that Democrats won the popular vote for House seats by a narrow margin, 49 percent to 48.2 percent, according to The Washington Post. So how did Republicans expand their margin to win the “second-biggest House majority in 60 years and their third-biggest since the Great Depression”?

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 READ MORE

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Redistricting, a Devil’s Dictionary

Redistricting should be a way of ensuring your vote counts. But instead of voters choosing politicians, the practice often works the other way around. The right lines can all but guarantee an incumbent a decade’s worth of electoral success, or help send others into retirement.

Posted on Nov 6, 2011 READ MORE

While You Were Sleeping, California Made New Election Laws

Politicians have ways of protecting themselves from ordinary people, but Californians have passed a series of ballot measures mandating that election districts—from school boards to Congress—be redrawn by 14 randomly selected citizens.

Posted on Nov 23, 2010 READ MORE

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Court Upholds Gerrymandering Madness

The Supreme Court ruled that state legislators may draw new electoral maps as often as they like—meaning that we’ll likely see new gerrymandered voting districts every time there is a power shift at a state capital.
Disgustingly enough, this ruling is actually a vindication for Tom DeLay.

Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE

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