Category Archives: minority rights

How could anyone say that? Here’s how…

Gerrymandering and different points of view about the unrest in Charlotte NC Continue reading

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Gerrymandering results in dismal turnouts – Richmond Times-Dispatch

Very persuasive Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial with examples from Virginia’s experience that gerrymandering leads to a vicious cycle of low voter turnout and congressional races that are uncontested even at the party level. This is a good, quick read… Gerrymandering results … Continue reading

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Can single-member districts ever be truly fair?

Recently I’ve been challenged in a very forceful but thoughtful way by a WordPress user who uses the handle realrepresentation. This reader advocates Proportional Representation as the system the United States should use to select its delegates to the House of Representatives. I lived in Germany … Continue reading

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Samantha Bee discovers Gerrymandering in Austin, Texas

Love Samantha Bee! And wouldn’t want to contemplate life without The Daily Show. This isn’t one of her/their best (in general the Daily Show seems to be weakly pandering to Austin’s self-conscious hipster-ism) but it does bring out the absurdity … Continue reading

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LLoyd Doggett and the Winnebago District

In a recent post I related the four primary tools in the gerrymanderer’s toolkit, as defined in an informative Propublica piece: Kidnapping, Cracking, Packing and Hijacking. Astonishingly, all four of these tactics have been employed against a single congressman, Lloyd … Continue reading

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Hands-Off Redistricting and Minority Voices

One of the most common responses I get to the idea of Hands-Off Redistricting is that – though people are uniformly disgusted with gerrymandering – they are concerned that automated approaches might lead to their own set of unintentional injustices. … Continue reading

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