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  • GOP Leaders Say They Won't Appeal Ruling That Found Florida Congressional Map Unconstitutional

    07/15/2014 7:32:54 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 32 replies
    ABC ^ | 7/15/14
    GOP leaders say they won't appeal ruling that found Florida congressional map unconstitutional.
  • A Florida Judge Just Voided the State’s Congressional Districts. Here’s What You Need to Know

    07/12/2014 2:06:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 96 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 11 | Christopher Ingraham
    Last night a circuit court judge in Florida voided the state's congressional map, citing a "secret, organized campaign" by Republican operatives that "made a mockery of the Legislature's transparent and open process of redistricting." The ruling concluded that District 5, held by Democrat Corrine Brown, and District 10, held by Republican Dan Webster, will need to be redrawn. From a purely practical standpoint, this means redrawing any surrounding districts as well, and possibly many of the state's 27 districts overall. "If one or more districts do not meet constitutional muster, then the entire act is unconstitutional," Judge Terry Lewis wrote....
  • Liberal donors eye new long-term investments in states and new voters to boost Democrats

    05/05/2014 7:42:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    Washington post ^ | 5/4/2014 | Matea Gold,
    A group of wealthy liberal donors who helped bankroll the Center for American Progress and other major advocacy groups on the left is developing a new big-money strategy that could boost state-level Democratic candidates and mobilize core party voters. The plan, being crafted in private by a group of about 100 donors that includes billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros and San Francisco venture capitalist Rob McKay, seeks to give Democrats a stronger hand in the redrawing of district lines for state legislatures and the U.S. House.
  • Rebutting a letter to editor

    09/16/2013 8:43:59 AM PDT · by a.c.t.32 · 7 replies
    Lansing State Journal | Sept. 15, 2013 | self
    I am writing a reply to a letter to the editor that appeared in the Lansing State Journal on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. In the 9/15 letter, the author cites "gerrymandering & vigilant denial of voter rights in some districts" as proof of Republicans' racist agenda. As I look at Congressional district maps, districts that appear gerrymandered (TX 15 & 28 NC 9 & 13), as I understand the word, appear to primarily favor democrats. Do you all think this is correct, or am I uninformed. I am unaware of proven cases of vigilant denial of voters rights. Does anyone...
  • Kentucky House Democrats Pass New Redistricting Maps Over GOP Protests

    03/07/2013 9:18:39 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 20 replies
    AP via WKU-FM ^ | 3/7/2013 | AP wire
    Democratic leaders in the Kentucky House won passage Wednesday of a legislative redistricting plan that could strengthen their majority by forcing 11 Republicans to run against each other next year. The Democratic-controlled House voted 53-46 along party lines for the measure, which now moves to the GOP-led Senate, where it faces an uncertain future. House Republicans made emotional pleas not to pass the legislation, saying it was born out of "purely partisan politics." "Nobody did it to be punitive to anybody in this chamber; I can assure you of that," House Speaker Greg Stumbo said in his pitch for the...
  • Friend versus friend: House Republicans brace for running against colleagues

    03/05/2013 8:42:20 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    CN|2 Pure Politics ^ | 3/5/2013 | Nick Storm
    Given the political nature of redistricting, House Republicans were frustrated but not surprised when they found out Tuesday that a dozen of them would have to fight against another sitting lawmaker to return in 2015. The House Democratic majority drew six districts that pitted incumbent Republicans against another incumbent. In all but one of them, it places two Republicans against each other potentially in a primary. (However, state law requires a state House candidate to live in the district for one year before the election, which would give some of them time to move to another district before the 2014...
  • Racial Tensions Flare at Queens Redistricting Hearing

    01/15/2013 3:12:05 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 4 replies
    Observer.Com ^ | 1/15/2013
    Unlike Teddy Roosevelt, the president he quoted at last night’s Queens redistricting hearing, Republican Councilman Dan Halloran spoke loudly and did not carry a big stick. Mr. Halloran’s bruising 2009 City Council race in northeast Queens cast a long shadow over the hearing in Long Island City- the third of its kind in front of a commission tasked with the decennial redrawing of districts to reflect demographic changes in the city- where he and allied civic groups clashed with Asian advocacy organizations about whether a neighborhood, Oakland Gardens, should be incorporated into Mr. Halloran’s 19th District. The heavily Asian neighborhood,...
  • Rep. Barney Frank’s claim about a should-be Democratic House majority

    11/14/2012 8:09:27 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 14, 2012 | Josh Hicks
    The 2012 election certainly didn’t end as planned for the GOP, which failed to win the presidency and lost seats in both chambers of Congress. Nonetheless, Republicans found a silver lining in the fact that they maintained control of the House, having won at least 233 seats as of Tuesday — 218 are needed for a majority. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) argued on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” that the election was a clean sweep for Democrats. He said the GOP wouldn’t have retained control of the House if it wasn’t for questionable redistricting by Republicans. The Brennan Center for Justice...
  • Democrats reach across aisle to oppose Maryland redistricting

    10/15/2012 5:53:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 14, 2012 | David Hill
    Maryland Republicans are driving efforts to overturn the state’s newly drawn congressional map in a referendum next month, but they are joined by a number of Democrats who say their own party has gone too far in crafting districts for political gain. Numerous Montgomery County Democrats are scheduled to hold a news conference Monday in Rockville during which they are expected to urge a “no” vote on ballot Question 5, which would reject the district map drawn last year by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley and approved by the General Assembly. Critics have accused the map’s makers of lumping disparate communities...
  • Redistricting Wars: The hidden story of the 2012 elections

    05/24/2012 1:00:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2012 | Steven Malanga
    Every ten years, after the U.S. Census releases its latest population reports, most of the 50 states begin the complicated process of drawing new election districts. As you might expect, partisan bickering and maneuvering inevitably distort things. So a decade ago, Arizona voters decided to end the partisanship by removing the redistricting process from the state legislature and placing it in the hands of an independent commission. Last year, the new commission, consisting of two Democrats, two Republicans, and a nonpartisan chair, got to work on its first set of maps after the 2010 census. Unfortunately, the results were...
  • Steve Israel:: Cuomo, legislators lied to us, cut deal

    03/16/2012 4:13:32 PM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Times Herald-Record ^ | 03/16/12 | Steve Israel
    Governor Cuomo caved. Our lawmakers lied. After more than a year of fresh air in Albany — led by a governor who passed gay marriage, reformed ethics laws and capped property taxes — the state capitol again stinks. After midnight on Thursday, and behind closed doors, the proverbial three men in a room — Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos — cut a deal carving legislative election districts that virtually assures the lawmakers who approved it will be running things for years. Instead of forming an independent panel to create districts that actually represent the...
  • CALIFORNIA: Supreme Court validation of maps could give Democrats two-thirds Senate majority

    01/28/2012 9:10:10 AM PST · by SmithL · 42 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/28/12 | Jim Sanders
    A California Supreme Court ruling Friday significantly raised Democratic Party prospects of gaining the supermajority needed in the state Senate to pass tax or fee increases. The high court decided that Senate maps drawn recently by a 14-member citizens commission will be used for this year's legislative elections, even if a pending referendum qualifies for the ballot. The decision brought certainty for dozens of prospective Senate candidates awaiting final adoption of the maps as they begin their campaigns. And it offered the commission at least temporary validation that it performed its job as the voters intended. Political analysts of both...
  • California Democrats secretly influenced drawing of new political district boundaries

    12/22/2011 5:18:57 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 13 replies
    MecuryNews.com ^ | 12/21/2011 | Lisa Vorderbrueggen
    California's congressional Democrats ran a secret effort this year to manipulate the work of the independent citizens panel that drew the state's new political districts, foiling the intent of reformers who sought to remove the redistricting process from the control of party bosses. Democrats met behind closed doors at the party's Washington, D.C., headquarters, hired consultants, drew their ideal districts and presented maps to the panel through proxies who never disclosed their party ties or "public interest" groups created specifically for the purpose. In many cases, the panel responded by doing just what the Democrats wanted. The New York-based nonprofit...
  • In Pennsylvania, the Gerrymander of the Decade?

    12/15/2011 8:32:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 14, 2011 | Sean Trende
    There have been a lot of good candidates for the "gerrymander of the decade" award this cycle. North Carolina, Illinois and Texas have all dreamed up district lines that have gone... --snip-- Republicans in Pennsylvania, however, took a state that is two or three points more Democratic than the country as a whole, and created 12 districts (out of 18) that are more Republican than the country as a whole. They did so by creating what can only be called a group of Rorschach-inkblot districts in southeastern Pennsylvania. The net result is a map that shores up their vulnerable incumbents,...
  • Why your vote for Congress might not matter (RATS don't like redistricting - this time)

    11/20/2011 1:52:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/18/11 | James Polk
    Why your vote for Congress might not matterBy James Polk, CNN updated 10:19 AM EST, Fri November 18, 2011 **SNIP** Gerrymandering is the term for the way politicians draw boundary lines for legislative districts in a way designed to keep one party or the other in power in that particular district. In the last 10 years, 78% of the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives -- almost four out of every five members of Congress -- did not change party hands even once. In California, with 53 seats -- the most in the nation -- incumbents were kept so...
  • Court will draw new Texan congressional map in boon to Democrats

    11/08/2011 4:55:23 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/08/2011 | Aaron Blake
    In a boost to Democrats’ chances of retaking the House next year, federal judges in Texas will draw a map for the state’s 2012 congressional races. A Washington, D.C., federal court on Tuesday declined to sign off on redistricting plan spearheaded by the state Republican Party. The D.C. court ruled that the Republican line-drawers “used an improper standard or methodology to determine which districts afford minority voters the ability to elect their preferred candidates of choice.” The decision means the issue is headed for a lengthy court battle, which, in turn, means the map won’t be ready in time for...
  • Justice Department Greenlights New North Carolina Congressional Map

    11/02/2011 3:59:17 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 10 replies
    Roll Call ^ | November 2, 2011 | Joshua Miller
    The Department of Justice pre-cleared North Carolina’s redrawn Congressional map today, solidifying this cycle’s most detrimental gerrymander for House Democrats. Four Democrats — Reps. Larry Kissell, Mike McIntyre, Heath Shuler and Brad Miller — are in more danger of losing their seat next year under the new lines.
  • Howie Carr thread week of Oct. 23, 2011

    10/22/2011 9:27:09 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 4 replies
    howiecarr.com ^ | 10/23/11 | raccoonradio
    Howie thread for the week starting with his Sunday Herald column
  • Maryland House approves redistricting map

    10/20/2011 8:08:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 19, 2011 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland House of Delegates on Wednesday approved a new congressional map expected to give Democrats a better shot at winning one of state Republicans’ two congressional seats, clearing a final hurdle for Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley’s stamp of approval. The Senate overwhelmingly approved the map on Tuesday, just two days into the General Assembly’s special session, held to consider the map submitted by Mr. O'Malley. Critics said it would split districts and slight minority voters to take the Western Maryland district held since 1993 by GOPRep. Roscoe G. Bartlett. Senate lawmakers must return to Annapolis on Thursday...
  • CALIFORNIA: New political boundaries released

    08/15/2011 3:12:41 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/15/11 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer
    For the first time in state history, an independent group of citizens has redrawn California's political districts, approving a set of maps this morning that are expected to help Democrats garner more power in the solidly blue state. The 14-member Citizens Redistricting Commission approved new district boundaries for the state Assembly, Senate and Board of Equalization on a 13-1 vote, with one Republican - Michael Ward of Anaheim - opposing the lines. Another Republican member, Jodie Filkins Webber of Norco, joined Weber to vote against the Congressional boundaries. In a written statement, Weber charged that the commission broke the law...
  • New Calif. political maps to favor Democrats

    07/29/2011 10:38:06 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 29, 2011 | JUDY LIN
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- The citizens commission established by voters to create an independent process for drawing California's legislative and congressional districts has delivered on its first set of maps, voting to adopt new boundaries that appear to increase the reach of majority Democrats. The 14-member California Citizens Redistricting Commission voted Friday on final draft versions of district maps for Congress, the state Legislature and the state Board of Equalization, which administers sales and use taxes.
  • Congratulations Speaker Perez – But Watch Out For That Referendum

    07/14/2011 2:42:30 PM PDT · by americanophile · 2 replies
    Fox & Hounds Daily ^ | July 13th, 2011 | Tony Quinn
    Congratulations are in order to Assembly Speaker John Perez. The Redistricting Commission has now delivered the 54th seat necessary for Speaker Perez to achieve two-thirds Democratic rule in the Assembly, (an accomplishment the Democrats never achieved on their own). With a two-thirds vote, Perez and his friends can pass tax increases to their heart’s delight. They need not spend money trying to elect more Democratic members; the Redistricting Commission has done it for them. It is all a matter of having friends in high places. Their friends are not just the 14 commissioners, who feign ignorance of the partisan seats...
  • California redistricting could imperil GOP House seats

    06/28/2011 8:31:40 AM PDT · by SmithL · 32 replies
    AP via CoCo Times ^ | 6/28/11 | KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- Democrats hoping to regain the majority in the House in 2012 might get a strong head start in California, where voters have handed the authority for drawing political boundaries to an independent citizens' commission. Analysts studying the panel's work are predicting that three to five seats now in Republican hands will move into the Democratic camp in next year's general election. Such a swing could give Democrats an edge toward the magic number 24 -- the number of GOP-held seats they'll need to win if they are to regain the House majority. Republicans account for roughly 31 percent...
  • Hundreds turn out to save the 6th District (MA gerrymander)

    06/21/2011 4:59:45 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 10 replies
    Salem (MA) News ^ | 6/21/11 | Matthew Roy
    Leaders and citizens make cases before redistricting committee LYNN — Hundreds of people last night filled the Lynn City Hall auditorium in support of saving the 6th Congressional District. An array of speakers, from elected officials, community and business leaders to concerned citizens, argued before state lawmakers on the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting that the district was growing, geographically coherent, and made up of communities that have a shared history and work well together. It has been around for more than 150 years, and Democratic Congressman John Tierney said its "core" should be preserved and expanded. "The core of...
  • California Citizens Redistricting Commission - Maps: First Draft

    06/10/2011 2:51:52 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 16 replies
    June 10, 2011, Commission Votes 14-0 to Approve 1st Draft District Maps With four 14-0 votes, the California Citizens Redistricting Commission has released its first round of draft maps for Congressional, State Assembly, State Senate and Board of Equalization districts. The Commission is now soliciting public comment on the draft districts. Testimony can be submitted online to votersfirstact@crc.ca.gov, by mail to the Citizens Redistricting Commission, 901 P Street, Suite 154-A, Sacramento, CA 95814 or by FAX at 916-651-5711. The Commission will be holding 11 public input hearings in June on the draft maps. The hearing schedule and the draft maps...
  • California Democrats hope new district maps produce budget votes

    06/07/2011 8:23:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/7/11 | Kevin Yamamura and Jim Sanders
    To secure Republican votes for the state budget, Democrats have enlisted business leaders, police officers and teachers. Now they're hoping for a boost from cartographers. An independent mapping panel will release its first draft of new legislative boundaries Friday, shuffling incumbents into new districts and threatening some members' best-laid political plans. Democrats hope the redistricting maps will help shake free the necessary Republican votes for a budget that relies on taxes to bridge the remaining $9.6 billion deficit. They suggest the maps could place key Republicans in more competitive districts and reduce the influence of anti-tax conservatives. At the least,...
  • Black House Districts Work To Republicans' Advantage

    06/04/2011 7:02:26 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 40 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 06/04/2011 | Cynthia Tucker
    WASHINGTON -- I won't procrastinate; I'll get the most difficult part of this column over right now: I was wrong. I was shortsighted, naive and narrow-minded to endorse the concept of drawing congressional districts to take racial demographics into account. In 1982, the Voting Rights Act, with its emphasis on Southern states, was amended to encourage the creation of awkwardly named "majority-minority" districts in order to give black voters the strength of a bloc. I believed that drawing such districts was a progressive political tactic, a benign form of affirmative action that would usher more black members into a Congress...
  • Illinois Democrats redrawing district maps, State Senate 16 of 24 Republicans in with another R

    05/19/2011 9:34:41 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 25 replies · 1+ views
    ABC 7 News -WLS ^ | May 19, 2011 | Charles Thomas
    May 19, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Top-secret plans to redraw Illinois' legislative and congressional districts could lead to big changes in the districts of three of the area's African-American congressmen, ABC7 News has learned. This is the first time under the current state constitution that one party has controlled redrawing the state's legislative and congressional district maps. Realizing the controversy their proposed boundaries will stir, Illinois Democrats are keeping much of their plan top secret. Even party VIPs can't get a peek. Davis is one of three black congressmen -- Bobby Rush and Jesse Jackson, Jr. are the others --...
  • Redistricting plan sets off fireworks in Louisiana delegation

    04/08/2011 3:00:04 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 15 replies
    The New Orleans Times Piscayne ^ | April 7, 2011 | Jonathan Tilove
    Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden, on Thursday accused Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, of actively backing a redistricting plan that could hand Fleming's seat to a Democrat in order to make Boustany's already safe district even more "perfect." Rep. Charles Boustany, left, and Rep. John Fleming are in a sparring match over state redistricting. The verbal fireworks are a very public display of what has become a tense effort to shrink the state's current seven congressional districts into six while balancing racial, regional, partisan and incumbent interests. It also reveals a surprising rift among the six Republican members of the House delegation,...
  • The Census: GOP Winning Seats, Losing the Future

    03/24/2011 6:14:42 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 31 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 03-24-11 | Zazu
    The census data is in and it is startling. Large demographic shifts are happening around our nation, and once again America is in a state of flux. The center of AmericaÂ’s population is moving further and further away from New York and closer to California and Texas, and while the North East and East Central regions continue to stagnate the Southwest and Florida are experiencing a population boom courtesy of immigration. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42246452/ns/us_news-life/ New York and Ohio both lost 2 house seats, a continuation of long periods of decline. New York now holds 27 seats, a decline of almost 20 from...
  • The Top Ten Most Gerrymandered Congressional Districts in the United States

    11/11/2010 6:08:16 PM PST · by ocr1 · 11 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 11, 2010 | Zombie
    (In the first half of this essay, Gerrymandering 101, I explained how gerrymandering works and why it’s so ubiquitous. Here in the exciting conclusion I name and shame the ten most gerrymandered districts of the current 111th Congress — plus 20 bizarre bonus districts not mentioned in the title.)(10.) North Carolina-12 This is what most people imagine when they think of a gerrymandered district — what I call “Gerrymander Classic.” NC-12 looks very much like the gerrymandered districts of the 19th century, but taken to extremes. As bad as it is, NC-12 at least looks like a congressional district, with...
  • New Feature: Dumb Things Libs Say!

    11/10/2010 3:45:05 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    ResistNet ^ | November 9, 2010 | Admin. II, Dee
    As we all know, Libs say the darnest things be it in blogs, posts, discussions or on TV. So we want you to scour the net and post the dumbest quote you can find from a Liberal/Progressive...or whatever they are calling themselves today! I'll start the thread with one of the most ridiculous ones I've seen today: You've seen the video, you know how silly it is: “Are things in our country so bad that it might actually be time for revolution?” Dylan Radigan asked yesterday on his MSNBC show. His unequivocal reply: “The answer is obviously ‘yes.’ The only...
  • What To Do in Ward 2: A Conversation With Enrique Perez

    11/09/2010 5:23:44 PM PST · by chitownguy
    Chicago Elections 2011 ^ | 11/08/2010 | Michael Volpe
    Ask Enrique Perez, candidate for 2nd Ward Alderman, what the problems are in the ward and he believes their zenith starts with this map.That's a map of the 2nd ward and even Mr. Elbridge Gerry, the man for whom the term Gerrymandering is named , couldn't have dreamed of designing a map so perverse as this. Gerrymandering is one of those terms that most people are familiar with but very few understand how it affects them.
  • Dan Walters: Voters keep redistricting reform { CALIFORNIA }

    11/05/2010 12:36:40 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/5/10 | Dan Walters
    California legislators of both parties, then-Gov. Gray Davis and the George W. Bush White House made a pact with the political devil nine years ago by fixing outcomes of legislative and congressional elections for a decade. They agreed to redraw the boundaries of 120 legislative and 53 congressional districts to declare party ownership of each, lock in the partisan status quo and lock out real choice for voters. Since then, through five election cycles, there have been 765 legislative and congressional elections in California and in only about 15 of them have voters managed to overcome the intent of the...
  • Most gerrymandered district?

    11/03/2010 7:28:15 AM PDT · by Renfield · 43 replies · 1+ views
    11-03-2010
    Which district is our most gerrymandered? Here are a few possibilities: Illinois 17 California 23 Arizona 2 NC 12
  • Redistricting Trends Favor GOP: Why You Should Care

    11/02/2010 7:37:12 AM PDT · by facedodge · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/02/2010 | HUMA KHAN
    Ever wonder why Congressional District 23 in California has the moniker "Ribbon of Shame," or why Illinois' 17th Congressional District has been dubbed "Rabbit on a Skateboard?" The two districts are among hundreds in the country that have garnered national fame -- and often ridicule -- for their odd shapes, a result of a controversial process called redistricting. At least once every decade, state legislatures in 44 states draw up lines for congressional districts in a process that results in much partisan bickering, and one that critics charge is less scientific than political. It is one of the most important...
  • A Reform the Tea Party Should Embrace

    10/14/2010 11:32:50 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 13, 2010 | Bruce Walker
    One of the greatest delights of the Tea Party is disdain for traditional partisan affiliations. The grand theme of the movement is reduction: cut taxes, reduce deficits, limit regulation, and remove the concentration of power in Washington which creates a Never-Never Land for entrenched politicians of both political parties. In fact, the heart of many Tea Party concerns is the plague of unaccountable and self-serving elected officials in Washington. What is true in our nation's capital is true, on a smaller scale, in our state capitals.  Soon after the November elections, legislators all over the nation will engage in one...
  • Census Still ‘Struggling’ With IT Problems That May Affect Count’s Accuracy

    04/30/2010 3:36:19 AM PDT · by Man50D · 62 replies · 1,244+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | April 30, 2010 | Edwin Mora
    The U.S. Census Bureau is still having problems with its computer system that handles the data for households that did not return a census form. However, the Census Bureau director said the system has successfully printed out the assignments for the enumerators who will conduct in-person interviews with households that did not mail in their forms. “We continue to struggle with the software system called the paper-based operation control system, but we passed, just amazingly, a wonderful threshold last week where we printed out assignments for all these enumerators,” said Census Bureau Director Robert Groves. “It worked.” The Census director...
  • Please DO NOT encourage anyone to run against Dem Congresswoman Corrine Brown in Florida

    03/26/2010 9:33:09 AM PDT · by MindBender26 · 55 replies · 1,767+ views
    MB26
    I kow it sounds strange, but Please, Please, Please, do not encourage ANYONE to go against Congresswoman Corrine Brown. This is Practical Politics 101: No Republican has ever defeated a Black Dem in a Minority-Majority district such as Brown’s FL-3. In fact, since these M-M districts were formed, no one, anywhere, nationwide, has even beaten a Black Dem. The districts were designed to be permanently Black. Brown's FL-3 starts in the Black section of Palatka, runs up a sliver of land to the Black section of Jacksonville, then down to the Black sections of Deland and Orange City, down to...
  • Did Scott Brown win (in part) because of Teddymandering?

    01/22/2010 2:56:08 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 5 replies · 739+ views
    Rush ^ | January 21st | George in Jacksonville
    RUSH: We'll start in Jacksonville, Florida, with George. Great to have you on the program today, sir. Hello. CALLER: Hey, Rush, it's an honor to be speaking with you. RUSH: Thank you. CALLER: I will tell you after monumental events like the election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts, I sometimes wonder "what if." And I remember when Senator Kennedy, on his death bed, sent a letter to Deval Patrick and said, (paraphrasing) "No, no, no, can't follow the law, let's change the law and immediately appoint somebody because health care is that important." My teenaged daughter sometimes says, "Karma is...
  • Florida incumbents worried over 'fair district' movement

    12/18/2009 3:36:32 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 10 replies · 575+ views
    SP Times ^ | December 11th | Howard Troxler
    Of these four ideas, the first is closest to becoming reality. There's a citizen petition drive to change the way Florida draws voting districts, aiming for the 2010 ballot. This effort is called Fair Districts Florida. Its Web site is www.fairdistrictsflorida.org. It is circulating two petitions, one for congressional races and one for the Legislature. Under these two constitutional amendments, voting districts could not be drawn "to favor or disfavor an incumbent or political party."
  • Insanity: electing the same kind of politician and expecting a different result.

    11/04/2009 6:07:38 AM PST · by timesthattrymenssouls · 221+ views
    Constitutional Guardian ^ | 11/4/2009 | Nancy Tengler
    Insanity: electing the same kind of politician and expecting a different result. http://www.wiseandfrugalgovernment.blogspot.com/ "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Albert Einstein Albert Einstein said it. In California, we're living it. The map of California's district ten is an amoeba-shaped tribute to gerrymandering. Proof that when it is in their interest our legislators can put their heads down and color outside the lines. And in district ten they created a masterpiece, invading four separate counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano and Sacramento to gather a voter population with an 18% advantage of registered Democrats to...
  • Justice Department Says Blacks in N.C. Town Can’t Get Elected Without Democratic Party Label

    10/21/2009 3:59:38 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 31 replies · 1,467+ views
    CNSNews ^ | 10/21/2009 | Staff
    (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Department of Justice is refusing to allow the town of Kinston, N.C., to hold nonpartisan local elections on the grounds that African Americans cannot win election without being listed as Democrats on the ballot. In a letter sent Saturday by to Kinston City Attorney James P. Cauley III, the Justice Department stated: “Removing the partisan cue in municipal elections will, in all likelihood, eliminate the single factor that allows black candidates to be elected to office.” The department Tuesday also refused to answer questions from CNSNews.com about the letter.
  • Rokita Pushes Anti-Gerrymandering Plan

    09/08/2009 1:11:26 PM PDT · by Abathar · 9 replies · 629+ views
    theindychannel.com ^ | September 8, 2009 | unknown
    NDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita pitched a plan Tuesday that would make it illegal for lawmakers to consider political data when redrawing congressional and legislative district maps. Rokita wants districts to follow county or township lines as much as possible so they are not divided. He said the plan would result in more fairly drawn, competitive districts. His proposal has drawn praise from Gov. Mitch Daniels, a fellow Republican, but two top GOP lawmakers said it is not Rokita's job to interfere with a process that belongs in the hands of the General Assembly. Indiana lawmakers are...
  • OPINION: Why California can't be governed

    06/25/2009 9:49:45 PM PDT · by thecodont · 63 replies · 3,696+ views
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | June 25, 2009 | By Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine
    Afew [sic] hours after California voters approved his Proposition 13 tax-cut measure on June 6, 1978, a bibulous and exultant Howard Jarvis dropped his pants for the benefit of a few reporters gathered in his suite at the L.A. Biltmore Hotel. A reporter had asked Jarvis why he was limping, so his ostensible reason was to show a large, ugly bruise, which he'd suffered in a fall a few days before, on his ample, boxer-clad behind. The surprise gesture, however, also afforded the earthy and profane Jarvis a chance to display his contempt for the press and, by extension, the...
  • Redistricting looms over 2010 election landscape

    06/13/2009 10:18:55 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 31 replies · 1,104+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 13, 2009 | Aaron Blake
    David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report noted there is a flip side to Kosmas’s situation, though. In Nevada, another freshman congresswoman, Titus, won a fast-changing swing district in Las Vegas-based Clark County and is a top GOP target. But Wasserman said that any would-be comers could also wait two years and pursue what is likely to be a new Republican- leaning district nearby. “Why do that and get beaten up when there will be a new seat in Clark County in 2012?” he said. “That is something that could really discourage Republicans from taking on Dina Titus.” Since redistricting...
  • When population turns political

    03/23/2009 11:15:29 PM PDT · by MitchellC · 18 replies · 817+ views
    Gaston Gazette ^ | March 23, 2009 | Barry Smith
    Census results probably will lead to jockeying for partisan representationNorth Carolina continues to be a fast-growing state. And new data released by the Census Bureau this past week shows the Raleigh area to be the fastest-growing metropolitan region in the nation. The increased population has a lot of demographers and politicians alike hoping that after the next census, North Carolina will get an additional congressional seat. The census will be conducted next year. Its purpose, as stipulated in the Constitution, is to find out how many people live in each of the states so that the number of members in...
  • Perfecting The Theft Of Elections

    02/10/2009 6:22:53 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 9 replies · 865+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | February 10, 2009 | Bob Parks
    Democrat elections, Deception, Voter fraud, and now an outright power grabs Imagine an Obama White House where they could be in charge of the numbers. What numbers, you ask? For example, the population numbers that, among other things, determine how many congressional seats are allocated and to whom. So now it’s been announced that the White House will oversee the Census. Of course, the president has ultimate authority over cabinet officers (that’s the unitary presidency theory that Democrats hated up to but not beyond January 20), and I am not prepared to charge that Rahm Emanuel or anyone else in...
  • Technology, not Politicians

    12/23/2008 8:47:58 PM PST · by manateelibertarian · 6 replies · 269+ views
    Manatee Libertarian ^ | 2008-12-23 | Char-Lez Braden
    Recently I was listening to a political talk show on the radio and the speaker was talking about the evils of gerrymandering congressional districts. I had to laugh a bit because he was attempting to assert that only the GOP does this, and that the DNC was completely innocent of such shenanigans. Lets forget who is at fault for a moment, and focus on the solutions. It should not surprise you that some very elegant solutions exist, technical solutions. Upon investigating this issue one discovers that technology is not the problem, but politicians are. The root problem is that neither...
  • The End Of Gerrymandering (Liberal California Moves To New Redistricting Model Alert)

    11/26/2008 10:26:40 AM PST · by goldstategop · 38 replies · 1,168+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 11/25/2008 | Christian Whiton
    But it was the unheralded passage of another initiative that may make the most history and crimp Democrat hopes for a prolonged era of dominance. Proposition 11, which passed with the narrowest of margins (50.8 percent), could mark the most serious challenge to the political class by voters since the foiled term limit movement of the 1990s. It strikes at the core pillar of power: incumbency guaranteed through gerrymandered districts. Californians took away from their legislature the power to draw its own districts--a key element of nearly uninterrupted Democratic control since 1970. The task will now be handled by an...