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    Agreed. Article plays like "GOP = bad" but in reality, the Democrats would rig a one-party state if given the chance.
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    @RobertJHarsh Heard all about that here in Wisconsin. The Republicans swept through the 2010 elections, thus giving them the redistricting advantage. The democrats howled about how they "gerrymandered" the districts in their favor all the while ignoring the fact that they did the same thing down in Illinois.
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    @LGRepublican I think gerrymandering by either party is kind of stupid - but I can't really think of a good flexible method of picking districts that couldn't be covertly "gerrymandered" by whoever was in charge at the time.
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    @RobertJHarsh why would democrats do that? Also, according to the Washington post they're bad at gerrymandering.
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    @Pragmatist There really isn't a good flexible method. Everyone has a bias or an agenda, regardless if it's the legislature or the courts. That being the case, let's leave well enough alone.
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    Gerrymandering is bad for democracy no matter who is doing it. Vote by zip codes. Very easy, very fair, zip codes are all ready in place in fairly logical ways. Then don't let the politicians have any say in future zip code changes. Problem solved.
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    This doesn't address the issue of population changes. The number of congressmen a state gets is determined by their population.
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    @MRMacrum Damn, And I thought I had a pretty good idea there. Maybe we just use some sort of mapping algorithm to do the job without human bias. Get the R's and D's to agree on a basic algorithm and use that. How do other countries do it?
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    @PNWest - You know I thought it was an excellent idea. That's why I checked. As far as I know other countries who do not allow the pols to do it, use non partisan groups to draw the lines. Is it possible to find a true nonpartisan in the US?
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    We should remove the arbitrary factor entirely and base redistricting on a set of systematically and consistently applied rules for determining district boundaries. Remove the human element entirely from the equation and you don't have to worry about gerrymandering.
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    @woodtick57
    First, districts should be based on geographical boundaries like rivers and city limits(yes I know human, but the point is it's not being decided by humans it's based off a fact caused by a bunch of humans without any conscious thought into making a district unless they all formed the city for political purposes but if people are that motivated to move and live together then let that slide).
    Then to get the population as even as possible smaller and smaller boundary markers should be looked at.
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    It goes back to the old "elections have consequences". There was more at stake in the 2010 elections than many people thought. The GOP took advantage of it and the demmies would have done the EXACT SAME THING. Don't hate the player, hate the game!
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    In that gerrymandering is a time honored all american way to stack the deck, I don't see a solution until the Two party system becomes a three or four party system. Both sides have used this at different times in the past. The Maine legislature tried this last time when the Republicans took over, but hey guess what, we actually have a sizable population of moderate Republicans who stuck up for their districts regardless of party affiliation. We can hope someone will fix this. But don't count on it.
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    And I'm not surprised..After all this crowd of republicans tried to do all they could to try to steal this election in the first place...With all of those bogus "voter ID laws", illegal voter purge lists, and now through gerrymandering". I knew that the majority of the American people were sick and tired of republican policies that do nothing but benefit a few at the expense of the many...And this story proves that fact...But its ok...sooner or later the more clear-thinking elements of their extreme party will soon take over...And I think you will see fewer of these far right and tea party types winning their primaries in the first place.
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    Thank god for redistricting. If Obama had the whole government there would be nothing to stop him. As it is, he will do more damage in the next 4 years than we may be able to fix in the next 40 years. With a democratic house he could drive us under even faster. I say stick to your guns in the house republicans. We need to go into heavy damage control mode, or face the demise of the greatest nation on earth. The worst president of all time has to be contained.
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    The Republican legislators in Pennsylvania gerrymandered the hell out of our congressional districts this year. For example my distinct is run by Jim Gerlach a Republican. He should have lost this year, but the district was designed specifically for him to survive this election by including the more rural western parts of Lebanon county. If this was the old district we had Manan Trivedi would have won.
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    Suppress votes, change voting districts, the Republicans are cheaters and they will get what they deserve soon. The Democrsts will regain the house in 2014!
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    I'm not even sure why redistricting is necessary. In any event, it should not have anything to do with elected or appointed officials. Perhaps the census bureau is best qualified. Clearly, it will remain rigged by Republicans FOR Republicans.
    States should be drawn into equal squares and left alone.
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    Naw...not everywhere. In Texas the Democrats got the redistricting they wanted. And, I am sure that the same thing happened elsewhere.
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    A bipartisan group should do redistricting, if anyone is crazy enough to think dems. don't do this too, I have some slightly damp land to sell them for a good price. I wonder what the districts in CA look like? It's silly, just draw a grid and live with it. You will get a mix in each section and maybe some thought will go into who one decides to vote for.
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    has anyone considered that even though Obama won the state does not mean the districts voted for him-I just read the washington post Politix used for this story-Politix did not represent the story well
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    Obama should oversee it! Kidding. It should be done by population based on census data. We need a multi-party political system and a clear separation of money and elections. That would fix a good chunk of things wrong with who gets into office.
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    I don't know, if they worked it a little more, they should have been able to get rid of the blue around easton and scranton. So looking at this map, can anyone tell me where the poor live in PA (and what party helped them get there)?
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