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There is an alternative to gerrymandering ?>

There is an alternative to gerrymandering

After every decennial census, there is an opportunity for the state party in power to redraw the boundaries of its voting districts to strengthen its position for the next ten years.  There are myriad strategies: contain your opponents so they always win one seat, never more.  Dilute your opposition so they never win a seat.  The result is tortuous boundaries that defy any other explanation. These strategies include strange combinations of urban, suburban, and rural districts whose commonality is invisible…

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Unity at the DNC ?>

Unity at the DNC

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”   The Founders hoped the press would keep the political system honest.  What they did not anticipate was TV on a 24-hour news cycle and social media.  The result has been a dramatic shift in…

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Most Important Election of Your Lifetime ?>

Most Important Election of Your Lifetime

“This may be the most important election of your lifetime.  You need to exercise your right to vote.”    Every four years we hear it.  Based on its repetition, it’s probably not true.  If every election is the most important, none is any different. The 2106 election could well be the most important election of our lifetime, not because your vote will make much difference.  It’s a foregone conclusion.  Forget the polls.  The risk markets (the London bookies) have spoken….

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