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“As we've gotten more aggressive in partisan redistricting, one effect of this ... has been the drastic diminishing of the number of swing districts. So what this means is that districts are becoming more and more red, or more and more blue. If you're going to win in a red congressional district, then that means you have to be as right wing as possible in the primary – the guy who's the most conservative wins. And then, really the general election doesn't count because it's a red district. The same with a very blue district — you have to be all the way to the left and that's the person who wins. Those individuals who come to Washington are not individuals who are predisposed to view anything with the desire to compromise. And we saw this phenomenon take place most recently in 2011 rather dramatically with the debt ceiling debate. There have been studies that have shown that the people who were most apt to vote for the debt ceiling deal were people from the swing states and the people least apt to vote for it — the people who were keeping us on brink of default — were those who came from very, very hardcore districts, in this case, usually red districts, Republican districts. And so yeah, it's a matter of some concern, as we see the intensifying gridlock in Washington, D.C., there's no question that redistricting has played a role in that.”—Robert Draper on how redistricting has led to an increasingly polarized Congress
“Anglo district boundaries were redrawn to include particular country clubs and, in one case, the school belonging to the incumbent's grandchildren.”—U.S. Circuit Judge Thomas Griffith • In his court’s recent decision to ditch Texas’ redistricting maps, which were in violation of the Voting Rights Act, the court found. Schools and hospitals, for example, were removed from districts with black incumbents. And, as Griffith notes above, country clubs were added to districts with white incumbents. On top of that, a lawyer used the phrase “no bueno” when emphasizing that the plans used shouldn’t leave a paper trail. The Texas Attorney General plans to appeal the ruling, which comes as part of a recent history of redistricting in the state that led to jail time for Tom Delay.
The 27th District of Texas...
It’s shaped like a Glock pistol. There are a lot of funny shapes in Texas because of the rather imaginative map drawings. One of them is called the ‘Texas Jumbo Shrimp.’ There’s another one that looks like a bottle opener. These maps can be very, very fanciful - they’re these kinds of impressionistic representations of the yearnings and deviousness of politics today.
“Before this year, there were no Senate districts with a [black voting age population (BVAP)] of 50 percent or higher. Now there are nine. A lawsuit filed by the NAACP and other advocacy groups calls the redistricting maps 'an intentional and cynical use of race that exceeds what is required to ensure fairness to previously disenfranchised racial minority voters.' And it’s not just happening in North Carolina. In virtually every state in the South, at the Congressional and state level, Republicans—to protect and expand their gains in 2010—have increased the number of minority voters in majority-minority districts represented overwhelmingly by black Democrats while diluting the minority vote in swing or crossover districts held by white Democrats. 'What’s uniform across the South is that Republicans are using race as a central basis in drawing districts for partisan advantage,' says Anita Earls, a prominent civil rights lawyer and executive director of the Durham-based Southern Coalition for Social Justice. 'The bigger picture is to ultimately make the Democratic Party in the South be represented only by people of color.' The GOP’s long-term goal is to enshrine a system of racially polarized voting that will make it harder for Democrats to win races on local, state, federal and presidential levels. Four years after the election of Barack Obama, which offered the promise of a new day of post-racial politics in states like North Carolina, Republicans are once again employing a Southern Strategy that would make Richard Nixon and Lee Atwater proud. [...] According to data compiled by Bob Hall, executive director of Democracy North Carolina, precincts that are 90 percent white have a 3 percent chance of being split, and precincts that are 80 percent black have a 12 percent chance of being split, but precincts with a BVAP between 15 and 45 percent have a 40 percent chance of being split. Republicans 'systematically moved [street] blocks in or out of their precincts on the basis of their race,' found Ted Arrington, a redistricting expert at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. 'No other explanation is possible given the statistical data.'”—Ari Berman: How the GOP Is Resegregating the South
Ohio Republicans Are Behaving Childishly:
Ohio Republicans are cheating voters by creating false urgency. Republicans have delayed issuing a new Congressional redistricting map as late as possible while creating a gerrymandered map that cheats voters.
This is what children do. Dad says, “Johnny, go back and make your bed.” Johnny, as he is rushing out the door to catch the school bus says, ” NOooo, I can’t Dad or I’ll be late for the bus.” Children delay properly making their bed (the gerrymandered map) until they think it is too late. Then, the children blame something else. This is what immature children do - they are selfish, self-centered, and don’t care about the household. Dad now has confirmation that the child is incapable of making good decisions and helping run the household. Ohio Republicans are behaving like children and not capable of running Ohio (the household) or properly making a Congressional District map.
The problem is the delay. Good parents (voters) don’t let it happen. You tell children to go back and properly make the bed. The children will continue to protest and continue the delay. Dad’s response stays the same and he adds, “Go back and properly make your bed. The longer you take to do it, the more likely you’ll miss the bus.” Maybe the child will miss the bus, and a good parent (the voters, the workers) will insist the bed is properly made.
Ohio Democrats have done the right thing. Democrats told Republicans to go back and properly make the redistricting map. Democrats said to Republicans, ‘Democrats will not vote for emergency legislation to change the spring 2012 primary date until you make a proper map (you can’t leave the house until the bed is properly made).
Maybe the Republican controlled Ohio Legislature will be late, but Republicans must not be allowed to behave childishly and to childishly control the lives of workers and voters. Republicans must do the right thing or their privileges will be taken away (voted out of office).
And remember what the bus driver Governor John Kasich said. Kasish said either get on his bus or he will run over you with his bus. This is not who I want as a bus driver for workers and voters!
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