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    Oh the little games that our lawyer politicians play. Maybe if both sides put this much care and effort into fixing our country, we wouldn't be in the situation we are today. Both parties are to blame here, IMO.
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    @drpeeper Like I said previously it's both parties. They can fool the panel some of the time but when someone like the author of this article shows the light on them they can't fool the panel all the time.
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    True. But the Rs are MASTERFUL at it.
    They have to be. Cheating is the only way they can win elections. Note nought d the electorate vote for them.
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    It sounds to me that the Democrats are upset because the Republicans are playing the Democrats game by their rules and beating them.
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    @Yank Exactly. Illinois has a Democratic legislature and a Democratic governor yet it STILL is the Republican's fault.....
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    And democraps do the same thing .....you should see Corrine Brown's map...it goes from top of Florida to almost mid way of the state encompassing the blacks from top to the middle.
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    I just love how they inlcude Illinois District 4 in teh photos. During the IL redistricting, Democrats had the majority advantage is both the House and Senate committees responsible for redrawing the district maps following the 2010 census.
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    @Joshua9241 How are conservative votes for Republicans and liberal votes for democrats working out? With congress's 7% approval rating, things aren't looking good... and by simply voting for the least terrible (but terrible nonetheless)Republican or Democrat how are YOU making things better? Or are you just following the heard and keeping the same corrupt greedy war mongers in office? I vote Green because that's what I believe to be right. This man votes Libertarian for the same reason. I'm sure we disagree on a lot of issues... but I have more respect for a person who votes for who they believe to be the BEST politician... instead of the one who the CNN or Fox news or MSNBC program them to.
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    @thismonkey I don't know what's wrong, we've been in agreement on quite a few issues lately when we are usually diametrically opposed... must be something in the air...
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    Puhleeeze stop pretending gerrymandering isn't also a problem with Dems. In Fla one of the two questionable districts was carved out specifically for black voters' Rep. Corinne Brown and she's fighting the recent court decision!! But of course the Dem media only reports about the GOP district, ignoring decades of black gerrymandering by Dems.
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    It seems illogical to say that "Republicans...won control of numerous state governments" and then that it's wrong for them to "hold a solid House majority even though Americans cast 1.4 million more votes for Democratic House candidates". If the people in those states elected to be run by Republicans, it doesn't follow that they wouldn't want Republicans in Washington too. Maybe Democratic voters need to stop packing themselves into dense urban districts where they're likely to make up 95% of the vote - carpetbagging is a tried and true alternative.

    It's also interesting that Democrats won 9 of the 10 most gerrymandered districts...
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    One issue that has relevance but is not addressed is the boundaries in the pictured districts have limitations dictated by major waterways in the respective states. Many follow one side or the other for long distances.
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    @HawkTheSlayer That's a very good point - just because a river looks gerrymandered doesn't mean it isn't the natural boundary between two very different groups of people.
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    Just so you know, when a party gerrymanders, the idea is to make a seat that the OTHER PARTY is guaranteed to win, in order for the party in control to have a better chance at winning all of the other seats.
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    @PoliticalSpice - no sense even trying to tell one of the robots anything. They're programmed to babble the same nonsense forever, not to think.
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    I'm angry because it is a pathetic malformation of our form of government.nit is a perversion of the founding fathers intent that the people be properly represented in government,
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    http://www.propublica.org/article/how-democra...

    “Very little of this is due to demographic shifts,” said Professor Doug Johnson, a fellow at the Rose Institute in Los Angeles. Republican areas actually had higher growth than Democratic ones.“By the numbers, Republicans should have held at least the same number of seats, but they lost.”

    As part of a national look at redistricting, ProPublica reconstructed the Democrats’ stealth success in California, drawing on internal memos, emails, interviews with participants and map analysis. What emerges is a portrait of skilled political professionals armed with modern mapping software and detailed voter information who managed to replicate the results of the smoked-filled rooms of old.
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    Unless, of course, you read as far as the third paragraph of the article where it said:

    "Republicans and Democrats have engaged in gerrymandering for decades."

    Just reading a headline is never a good idea.
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    @Zazziness I saw that, I knew I was there. The article was still posted by a Democrat to smear Republicans in the eyes of those who didn't read the full article. The sarcasm is aimed at the poster. Or do you want to deny that I was using sarcasm and nitpick my usage all day today like you nitpicked satire yesterday? Because your purpose is to nitpick to make yourself look superior.
    I guess you have nothing better to do. Do you have anything meaningful to add to the topic?
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    @Realthinker Use a word correctly and you'll not hear a peep from me about it.

    I recognized the sarcasm. I was pointing out it was misplaced since the author, in fact, acknowledged that it was a practice that both parties enjoy. You would have better spent your time expressing your feelings about gerrymandering, no matter who does it, rather than trying to play partisan pattycakes. Makes it seem like you're OK with it if it's Republicans but not if it's Democrats. That's not how you feel, I hope.
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    As if democrats don't do exactly the same thing. I can't count how many times democrats gamed the districts (for nearly 130 years) here before they were finally thrown out.
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    Why don't we talk about Democrat gerrymandering in CA and IL to be fair - but who needs fairness when you can bash Republicans?
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