what the fresh prince did at home

The Pennsylvania GOP has chutzpah! (For those of you who didn’t grow up in Bageltown, that means they have SOME NERVE.) The classic definition of chutzpah is a guy who murders his parents and then begs the court to take pity on him for being an orphan. Which is apt considering Pennsylvania Republicans have murdered elections with gerrymandering for the past decade, and are now stomping up and down at the unfairness of having to draw fair electoral districts. They spent a lot of time ratfucking those maps to ensure they’d get 70 percent of the seats with only 50 percent of the vote, and they don’t intend to give it up without a fight. CHUTZPAH!

Three weeks ago, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court tossed the state’s fakakta electoral maps and ordered the Republican-stolen Republican-held legislature to cooperate with Democratic Governor Tom Wolf to draw up new maps in time for the 2018 elections. After being stiffed on an appeal to the US Supreme Court, the Pennsylvania GOP came up with this new map.

Well, more or less. Actually, it looks like this, and Wolf formally rejected it yesterday.

As I, your FDF, have mentioned several times, the only way to unfuck this country is to unfuck the electoral districts. So let’s nerd out for a minute on exactly why the GOP’s proposed districts are just as gerrymandered as the old ones. Because redistricting is the next great civil rights battle, and they’re going to pull this shit every time. So the Blue Team better start learning to read a map!

This is a map of the 2016 Congressional race. Looks pretty red, right?

Republicans love to tweet this picture, because it makes them feel like they are a big, powerful red monster. In fact, the Republican vote margin was just 1% — which gave them a 6% margin in the House of Representatives thanks to gerrymandering. In a way, we Democrats make it really easy for them. More than 80% of Americans live in an urban area, and that makes it easy to draw a line around a city, corralling all the Democrats into one or two districts. Then the mapfuckers can say, “Not our fault all you heathen libruls like to live on top of each other!” But they are LYING.

Take for example, the Keystone State. Pennsylvania has 12.78 million people, most of whom live inside these two blue ovals.

In the southeast corner is the Philadelphia metro area, with 6.1 million people. And in the southwest corner is the Pittsburgh metro area, with 2.3 million residents. No, not every one of those 8.4 million people votes Democratic. (Trump took Pennsylvania by persuading those suburban voters that Hillary Bengazied those classified emails, LOLsob! [Editrix’s note: OR SO THEY CLAIM]) But if you’re going to gerrymander — and until the courts put a stop to it, WE ARE — urban areas are where the action is.

Here’s the most egregious fuckery on the old map. See how District 6 hives off a chunk of voters from the northwest Philly suburbs and pairs them with rural voters in Bucks County? And District 7 pairs another chunk of suburban voters with rural voters to the west?

The Pennsylvania GOP eliminated this “Goofy Kicking Donald” District on their new map and they want a round of applause.

Rep. Phil Meehan, the current Republican Congressman in District 7, is retiring anyway — because the heart wants a young lady aide, apparently. Meanwhile, those three “packed” Democratic Districts in Philly remain unchanged. They’re giving us one lousy district back? Big fucking deal!

But wait, there’s more! Next month there will be a special election in District 18. Married “family values” Republican Tim Murphy resigned after getting caught urging his girlfriend to have an abortion. Oooops! Democrat Conor Lamb is giving Rick Saccone a run for the money, which makes Pennsylvania Republicans nervous. If those mean judges are going to force them to redraw the map, they’ll just take the opportunity to make the District a lot more rural come November. Bye bye Pittsburgh suburbs!

So even if Conor Lamb did pull out a win next month, he’d lose in the fall. Oh, you Republican scamps!

The only other major change the Republican mapfuckers suggested was to redraw Districts 15 and 17 to make them a little more visually compact. Democrat Matthew Cartwright would hold the 15th, which is competitive but would still lean blue. And the 15th would get a little more compact, too. Which won’t bother Republican Charlie Dent because he’s is retiring in the 17th. What a coincidence!

Now you may be asking, why would we make you look at all these pictures of something that will never happen. Governor Wolf told the GOP to piss off with their bullshit map, and the state Supreme Court is already working to draw new, fairer districts. Well, ask yourself whether this is the last time the GOP is going to pull this shit? This is their playbook, and they’re going to run it every time unless we stop them. So vote, contribute, and keep flipping those statehouse seats. AND PAY. ATTENTION. TO. THE. MAPS.

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  • armed_bears
    • Beowoof14

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      • armed_bears

        “Staff” by any other name.

      • ((( Augustus )))

        he deep throated the story and gagged on its hairy ballsack, metaphorically

      • Parakeetist

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      • Nockular cavity

        “Mmmm, ‘staff.'”
        -Sean Hannity

    • Cornelius Fussbudget

      Not to worry; soon there won’t be any staff left to blame things on.

  • Beowoof14

    Finally some help for sanity after years of republican insanity.

  • Bill D. Burger
    • ArgieBargie

      Thankfully, Democrats have millions of illegal voters to help us win elections.

    • North Carolina wins again!

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  • OrG

    Lying, cheating and stealing is all they have.

    • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist

      They also have herpes.

    • Mavenmaven

      It is all they want.

  • h4rr4r

    Again, proportional representation is the solution here. Not more pointless districts.

  • Msgr_MΩment
  • Michael Smith

    Meanwhile, there’s a Republican effort to impeach the PA Supreme Court justices that ruled the original map unconstitutional.

    But the Republicans seem to be losing on this issue in terms of popularity. I haven’t even seen support for their position on Facebook, except for by people who clearly seem to be bots. Even Republican voters don’t like it, because they believe that their party should be able to win without cheating, and that this kind of clear dishonesty in drawing districts is “something Democrats do.” (They believe all of PA’s problems are caused by crooked Democrat corruption).

  • Bill D. Burger
    • Msgr_MΩment

      “People” needs moar “air” “quotes”.

  • All of which to say still is “Get the fuck out and vote, dog damn it.” Take power away from the cheats, liars, bullies, and corporate whores and start flipping your city, county, and state governments blue.

    • h4rr4r

      What if the candidate is not pure?
      What if she might have given speeches to people I don’t like?
      What if she might have gotten her hands dirty to make deals?

      • Lascauxcaveman

        Oh, well you have no choice then but to vote for Nader/Stein/Mickey Mouse.

  • SayItWithWookies

    This is the result of Newt’s vision for a “permanent Republican majority,” as he liked to advertise it. He started this effort to capture statehouses and redraw districts back in 1994, and it’s kept America in a debt-ridden, unregulated, verging-on-financial-panic state for twenty years. So you can’t say he didn’t make an impression.

  • TJ Barke

    The Republican party is a criminal conspiracy.

    • Fatalysk Barnes

      Sometimes. But cynical nihilism, disciplined understanding of dialectic materialistic goals with no sense of decency, just doing shit because you can… that’s the sweet spot for today’s Republicans.

  • Anna Rompage

    “70 percent of the seats with only 50 percent of the vote’

    Why it’s almost like the GOP has contempt for one of the most sacred rights in a democracy, free and fair elections…

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      WHAT???? I don’t believe you. Republicans love the flag, and freedom, and the kids, and the troops!

  • FlemmishSpy
    • VirginiaHighFiber

      You don’t understand how important high tea and Roman baths are to the voters of Virginia. Also too, we loves us some imported Danish cheeses!

  • ManchuCandidate

    It’s either cheat like fuck or gaaasp, run with policies voters (not Donors) like.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      After the GOP took control of everything in 2016, a friend of mine said “don’t worry, they won’t be in power long, since nobody likes their policies, including Republicans.” I think most of the idiots who vote for them have no clue what they’re voting for.

      • TJ Barke

        Pretty much.

  • Crystalclear12

    I would like to point out that Republicans got to draw the maps because we didn’t show in 2010. Midterms really do count.

    • FlemmishSpy

      2010 = Blacklash

    • Ninja0980

      Yup, also how they got to control Governor’s mansions and the Senate.
      You don’t show up to vote, you are in fact voting for Republicans.

      • TJ Barke

        Given how skewed the numbers are, voting democrat is almost not voting.

    • Historicat

      But those 2010 non-voters really showed their displeasure for not getting their ponies!

  • Ninja0980

    If everyone loves the Republicans so much, why are they fighting to keep gerrymandered maps in place?

    • Jamoche

      Gaslighting abuser 101 – if you don’t love them something’s wrong with you and they’ll make you do it for your own good.

  • Mavenmaven

    The Rich have the right to divide up the land any way they want in America.

  • Scooby

    You should superimpose on that map a map showing where Universities are.

    • h4rr4r

      Population would be better.
      It’s basically a heatmap.

      • NastyBossetti

        I think both maps would be largely the same.

  • Ninja0980
    This poll is an outlier IMO but still. BLEH!!

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      I’m getting worried. If these fuckers have another 2 years to stuff the federal judiciary, we are screwed.

      • Marceline

        Don’t panic. This is Politico. The only thing they live for is the horse race.

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          538 has Trump’s approval up by 4 points. Sheesh…who are these idiots?

          • Fatalysk Barnes

            That’s the “well….he hasn’t built a wall and kicked out ALL the Mexicans yet, but I did get another $10 (12-pack?) on my check!” crowd he just won back. They still can’t send their kids to college but they weren’t planning to anyway.

      • Ninja0980

        Something Democrats should be talking about 24/7 but they’re not because we simply don’t care about the courts the way Republicans do.

        • Vagenda and Pee-ara

          Once they’ve made enough lifetime appointments there won’t be a damned thing we can do. Charles Pierce ia always worried they will call a Constitutional Convention.

    • TJ Barke

      Scapegoating and fear mongering and short term boosts from tax cuts go a long way with morons.

    • BigCSouthside

      It’s pretty fucking easy when you can bribe stupid fucks with a few hundred bucks a year with “tax cuts”, even though it’ll tank the economy, then blame the democrats for taking your money when we do what is necessary to save the economy (again).

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      He just bribed the public with their own money, the bill hasn’t come due yet, and corporate media is filling the airwaves with pittance “raises” they’re giving their employees to justify the tax cuts. And they still only manage to get into the positives by a single point.

      This poll is basically the national version of the shopping high. And it’s still nine months to the election.

    • ((( Augustus )))

      Meh, Hillary won all the polls before the election

      polls are meaningless fluff

  • BadKitty904
  • goonemeritus

    PA is drawing the road map for other States to follow on this issue. As a New Yorker this pains me to say but God Bless Pennsylvania

    • Lascauxcaveman

      More specifically, God Bless SCOPA.

  • Me_And_My_Arrow

    Fuck the Republicans.

  • Thiazin Red

    We need a major reorganization and redistribution of representation to reflect the current reality. Cities should have multiple reps and rural districts should be fused. The number of people each representative represents should be equal, so populous states should have many more than they do.

    • Nockular cavity

      We need to enlarge the US House (which you imply).

    • BigCSouthside

      I hate that urban centers (which have driven every major advancement in American history, including the revolution) get cast aside and don’t have the electoral power they should, because redneckistan has to be protected cuz that’s real America.

      • Nockular cavity

        The fucking Senate already gives rural voters an advantage. That’s plenty.

      • Well, here in NY, that’s already the case. NYC has half the population, and half the house seats. Of course, in the state legislature, the Assembly tends urban (thus, Democratic) while the Senate tends Republican. One of the things I’ve noted is that Democrats have a bad habit of ignoring those same rural areas, to the extent that it entrenches the Republicans. Before the 2010 elections, there were only two House districts in NY with Republican representatives. Look at the map above.

      • J. M. Tusks, Esq.

        We’ve tipped over from avoiding a tyranny by the majority to embracing a tyranny by the minority.

      • Australia used to have something called “the country quota”, which meant rural districts were 25% smaller in population than urban districts, which was THEORETICALLY meant to stop them getting too big, but was effectively a pro-conservative gerrymander.

      • and we pay for every fucking red state thing.

  • Nockular cavity

    Right on, FDF.

  • Very Stable Bozi

    PA car tag: “You’ll need a friend in Pennsylvania.”

  • renegade500

    I hope the Supremes once and for all call out all this bullshit! I live in Austin. Austin is the largest city in the US not represented by a rep. Instead, Austin has been carved up and merged into *6* districts. Austin reliably is about 75% democrat. Of the 6 districts representing Austin, only 1 is a represented by a democrat (Doggett, and he had to move into the district, because republicans drew his district specifically to put him in a red one and get him out of office). I’m in a district that goes all the way almost 200 miles east through mostly rural lands to Aggieland. Now, nothing against my fine friends in Aggieland (aka Bryan-College Station, home of Texas A&M, which, although a fine institution isn’t quite as fine as UT), but why exactly am I, in suburban Austin in a district with them all all cow points in between? I used to be in a district represented by a rich lawyer from Houston (McCaul) but now by moving just a few miles to the east, suddenly I’m much more like Bill Flores and his folks. It’s one of the biggest scams ever. And I blame progressives for this because 2010 they all collectively sat home, during a fucking census year, because it was a mid term voting year and they were all pissy Obama hadn’t given them all their toys fast enough.

    Voters need to stop being so damned short sighted. Even in 2016 with a Supreme Court vacancy I heard so many say eh, so what. So what? A Supreme Court appointment can impact the direction of the country for 20+ years! I just hope that math isn’t so hard that the cases currently in the SC will convince enough justices that voters are totally being screwed over by all this gerrymandering bs.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Not likely, as a die-hard GOP fuck holds a stolen seat on the Supreme Court.

      • LiberalANDProud

        Gee, perhaps those things are related.

      • renegade500

        I’m not 100% of the opinion that either Kennedy or Roberts will vote with the Republicans on these cases. Probably Roberts will, but there’s still a slim chance he won’t. Kennedy I have a sneaking suspicion may not vote with the Republicans.

        • J. M. Tusks, Esq.

          I have hope for Roberts. These people, especially the Chief Justice, have an eye on their legacy. I have a feeling at least five of them see which way the tide is turning on this issue. The intentional political disenfranchisement is too obvious, and they don’t want to be on the wrong side of history when this is taught in the law schools of the future. See also: gay marriage, original upholding of the ACA.

          Furthermore, when they lost Scalia, they also lost the loudest voice for fuck-the-law, I-am-the-law purely political jurisprudence. There is hope.

          • renegade500

            Now they have the quietest voice (Thomas) for fuck-the-law. I hope you’re right about Roberts. I go back and forth on my thoughts about him. I really want to believe he’s a more moderate member. But a) that’s a pretty low bar right now, and b) more often than note, he’s shown he really isn’t. But every once in a while he pulls out a vote that surprises me. So yes, I too have some (albeit slim) hope for him as well.

  • LiberalANDProud

    And what are the Dems doing during all this gerryfuckery? Oh, the same thing they’ve done for the last 50 years as the GOP gerryfucked them out of existence. Nothing.

    • renegade500

      If voters don’t vote them into the majority so that they’re the ones making these decisions, what exactly would you have them do? The courts these days are often our last chance to right wrongs.

      • LiberalANDProud

        Right wrongs?

        Go do your homework. Gerrymandering started back in the ’70s when the Dems still held majorities in most places.

        They put up little to no resistance and in most cases, enabled the opposition.

        • LiberalANDProud

          The GOP played the long game and the Democratic Party sat on its laurels confident in itself as the GOP took over local school boards, then town governments, then city governments, then State governments and then the Federal government.

          That’s why we’re in this mess and why it won’t get fixed overnight.

          I LIVED those years. I didn’t read about this shit. I watched it. I fought against it.

          • CaliCheeseSucks

            You realize you’re arguing with yourself now, right?

          • J. M. Tusks, Esq.

            We need the Democrats who actually did get elected to stand up and make noise.

          • bupkus231

            And the idea that you have that the Democratic Party sat back fat and happy tells me that you didn’t watch those years very damned closely.

        • Nockular cavity
          • LiberalANDProud

            I’m talking about a concerted GOP plan of attack.

            But, thanks for the history lesson.

          • RickyG

            That sounds… insincere.
            SHS, is that you? :)

          • CaliCheeseSucks

            With a name like “LiberalANDProud,” I daresay they may be trying too hard to convince us of something.

          • RickyG

            Hold the shift key, b!

          • Ling Ling

            Ahem. California cows are the most contented. There. I said it.

          • RickyG

            No whey!!!

          • CaliCheeseSucks
          • Nockular cavity

            Keep moving them goalposts.

        • renegade500

          Don’t fucking assume I don’t do my homework. I get tired of this bullshit line, and I don’t care who it comes from. I have a fucking PhD, I know how to do research, I do it regularly, and I’ve been a political wonk for about 40 years. Gerrymandering that happened in the 70s has nothing to do with what is happening now.

          It may not get fixed overnight, but there’s actually a chance it will (or it will go a long ways towards being fixed), given the cases currently at the supreme court. But let’s be clear too – progressives own a lot of the blame for not getting off their asses and voting when it was super important, like in 2010, a census year, when the districts were going to be redrawn. Purity tests are going to kill our chances of making any progress. Because give Republicans credit where due – they will get off their asses and vote, even if they don’t like the person for whom they’re voting.

          • Lefty Wright

            If the Democrats had been as effective at gerrymandering as the GOP, we would not be having this discussion. The Democrats would never had lost power. Gerrymandering by tinkering with demographics is probably the only science the GOP likes.

        • Mintie

          Regardless of when it started or by whom, it was wrong then and it’s wrong now.

        • LadyLaz

          You need to look up the term gerrymander. It’s a little older than that.

    • Marceline

      You might want to check in with Eric Holder’s redistricting organization:

      Also here in Ohio we got enough signatures to put redistricting on the ballot in November and the GOP was so afraid of that that they worked with Dems to come up with a plan to put on the ballot in May.

      But of course you aren’t interested in really hearing what people are doing, are you? You’re just here to concern troll and be desperately precious.

      • Resistor Radio

        Please tell me fixing Districts one and two are on the agenda, because Come On

    • NastyBossetti

      My democratic state senator in PA has been working on this issue, which is how the PA Supreme Court came to throw out the existing map, and why there is a new map for Governor Wolf to veto.

  • La forza del resistino

    Give a team of 14 y/o’s the census data and a couple of days with Excel and Google maps and be done with it.

    • Antonin Dvorak

      Right? There is a literally a group of people on DailyKos who do this as a hobby.

      • ((( Augustus )))

        yes, but those people are probably interested in fairness

        that’s not what the GOP wants

        • La forza del resistino

          DaiiyKos > Daily Worker > pinkos them all, I tell you :)

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Good. My home state deserves better FFs.


  • Doug Langley
  • The Very Stable Librarian

    Following the map doesn’t lead to buried treasure, but it can lead to electoral fairness. I’m good with that

  • Marceline

    This is why statehouse races matter so much.

    ETA: Given that the GOP has talked about impeaching these justices, I hope they take to opportunity to re-draw these districts in a way that fucks the Repubs extra hard.

    • Toledo Window Box

      All they would have to do is draw a fair map, and that would bury them.

    • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

      With no lube.

  • arglebargle
  • J. M. Tusks, Esq.

    I’d like to note that Tom Wolf is a businessman with no political experience who got elected to a high executive office and he has managed to not burn the place down.

    • Dg Hacket

      But , unlike dolt 45, he has a functioning brain

      • Mintie

        He probably managed to read a book about politiking before taking office. Or at the very least the Federal and State constitutions.

    • eka

      well, little political experience. none is inaccurate.

      • J. M. Tusks, Esq.

        Yeah I see now he was actually in the Rendell administration for a bit. Still not a career politician, though.

    • LeighBowery’sLuxuryComedy

      Unpossible. Isn’t it?

    • LadyLaz

      Romney was a solid governor and successful businessman. Now, we can leave aside whether we approve of romney’s business practices, but he was both.

      Maybe it’s something about “successful.” Nah that couldn’t be it.

    • Every time I see that name, I have to do a double-take, and remind myself it’s not this:

      He began his career as a regional newspaper reporter in the 1950s, but achieved national prominence in the 1960s following the publication of such best-selling books as The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (a highly experimental account of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters), and two collections of articles and essays, Radical Chic & Mau-Mauing the Flak Catchers and The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby.

      • Zyxomma

        I used to see him walking on the Upper East Side when I visited a friend. Always dapper.

    • Caepan

      Actually, during the Rendell administration, Tom Wolf was Budget Director. Not quite political experience, but he’s seen how Harrisburg works.

      It’s also why the PA Republicans hate, Hate, HATE his annual budgets.

  • Cogswell that ends well

    Now if only we can get the fuckery in WI undone. I’m not gonna hold my breath, though.

    • Resistor Radio

      Ohio, also too

      • Marceline

        Ohio has a redistricting proposal on the ballot this May. I expect it will pass.

        • Resistor Radio

          Just gotta get the people to the polls!

  • Snowbound Ron
    • NastyBossetti

      As someone who lives on that map, it doesn’t work for me at all.

      • Snowbound Ron

        Which part? I have friends in Erie, relatives in the Philly suburbs, and my favourite train-watching spot is in the midst of darkest Pennsyltucky.
        PS it wasn’t meant to be serious. Why do people not get that?

        • NastyBossetti

          I’m just outside Philly.
          I couldn’t say. Maybe we are all a little too sensitive about electoral maps these days!

    • Lascauxcaveman

      So, you like the idea of PA having two or three D reps and 15 or 16 R reps? That’s the likely result of drawing it that way. More than half the state population and about 8/10 of the Democrats live in the boxes with the yellow splotches in them.

      • Snowbound Ron

        I hate the idea, but I love being silly. And this was intended to be as silly as the GOP’s map.
        I gotta stop doing these gags deadpan.

        • LadyLaz

          Tone. It’s hard to read :)

          • Snowbound Ron

            I really need to start wearing the red rubber clown nose again.

        • Lascauxcaveman

          Ah, good. Ya just never know! Some people don’t really understanding districting by headcounts. My own mother (Republican) was shocked by the deeply red electoral map when Obama won his first election.

          “Something’s wrong here, He can’t have possibly won a majority of votes”

          “Mom, it’s people that do the voting; not deserts and wheatfields.”

          • Snowbound Ron

            We’ve been having that problem Up Here as well. Cities like Toronto and Vancouver are growing so fast that redrawing ridings and adding seats to the legislatures can’t keep up. IIRC Toronto ridings are around 50,000 people and rural Ontario ones are about 35,000.

        • “For those who understand, no explanation is needed. For those who don’t none is possible.”

    • aureolaborealis

      Representation based on land area, not population? That seems like it’d be even worse than the current gerrymandered map-fuckery. Though there is a certain group of people whose ideas are too terrible for the majority of voters … that group would like this map.

      • Snowbound Ron

        I know. If I’d been serious I would have at least made the lines conform to the actual state boundaries.

      • Kooolest G

        around here we call that the senate

    • Citizen Five

      What kind of nonsense is this? Land doesn’t vote, people vote.

      • Snowbound Ron

        Well, yes, it IS nonsense. It’s MEANT to be nonsense. Nonsense is what I do around here, and I like to think I’m reasonably good at it. Besides, is it any more nonsensical than the GOP’s gerrymandering?

  • Lefty Wright

    This is no worse than the fuckery going on in North Carolina. We have another problem in that the appeals court and even Supreme Court decided that the districts are illegally drawn and send it back down to the district courts to straighten out, and when the district courts, usually a three judge panel, unanimously tell the state to redraw them or the court will do it for them, the state appeals that decision and the Supreme Court or Appeals Court stays the lower court decisions that were based on the remand of those same higher courts. This has been going on since 2011. And NC is the location of the state legislator pulling a Trump and saying “Like a bitch, we tried for 11 out of 13 districts, but just couldn’t get there”. So they had to settle for the old 10 of 13 in the court ordered 2013 map. In NC, there are actually more registered Democrats than Republicans. So all this means that the 2018 election will be held with the same old unconstitutional districts.

  • That’s an awful lot of pictures without any sideboob.

    • phoenix00

      But you get Goofy kicking Donald! That’s something.

  • Friday’s_cat

    One of republicans in Harrisburg has called for the impeachment of the PA Supreme Court justices who decided this case.

  • As long as we’re nerding out…I don’t know why small tidbits of linguistic history fascinate me, but they do.

    Gerrymandering is pronounced with a soft ‘G’, but is named for Elbridge Gerry (1744 – 1814), whose last name is pronounced with a hard ‘G’.

  • This works for me:

    Redistricting normally follows the completion of the United States Census, which is carried out by the federal government in years that end in 0; the most recent Census took place in 2010. Historically, Arizona’s legislature has had control over the redistricting process. However, Proposition 106, passed in 2000, delegated the power to draw congressional and legislative boundaries to a bipartisan independent commission.[1] The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (AIRC) comprises two Democrats, two Republicans, and one independent chair.

  • Holly

    Gotta love PA

  • Bigby

    FYI, none of the 6th is in Bucks County. BuxCo is 100% in the 8th (along with some of MontCo.

    • Fivedollarfeminist

      Oh, shoot! Thanks. Will fix!

  • Which state will be first to do the really progressive thing and bring in proportional representation for its congressional delegation? The Irish system would be closest to American traditions.

    Of course, don’t give them any ideas, some redneck states might bring in a winner-takes-all system where the biggest party takes ALL the congressional seats….

  • Zyxomma

    I always pay attention to the maps. I used to draw maps for a living. After Hurricane Agnes (1972, if you’re keeping score), I was hired (along with anyone else who could handle a Rapidograph to draw a straight line with a ruler, literally) by an engineering consulting firm (in PA, coincidentally) to draw maps of flood-prone areas to satisfy a federal contract; every map had to be drawn exactly the same way, with identical graphic tape used to delineate roads, railroads, right-of-way, borders, etc. First, we got a contract for incorporated areas, then another for unincorporated areas. We drew on linen, using Rapidograph and Leroy Lettering. We used a ton of Pounce (kept the ink from smearing), and cleaned our pens with sound waves.

    My specialty was “spaghetti,” maps of places with really twisted roads (usually a reflection of the underlying geography). The “maps” of Alaska were aerial photographs with street names lettered in. I did such a stellar job on the first few I was handed that I got all of them, Katie. Fortunately, my job did not include anything as fakakta as gerrymandering.


    • Caepan

      Ah, Rapidograph pens. Many sheets of vellum were ruined by me because I forgot to hold the pen at just the right angle, causing the ink to flow right underneath my straightedge.

      I still have a set at home from about 35 years ago. They have never seen as much as a drop of ink in that time.

  • george lastrapes

    Some Republicans want to WIN elections, instead of STEAL them— with Russian help, with Gerry Manders as a campaign strategist, or with gullible Democrats the election was actually LAST WEEK—- or is that a bedtime story told by REPUB mothers to their lobbyist-infested spawn?

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