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originally posted by: sheepslayer247
a reply to: Logarock
I've never liked the tactics politicians in state governments use to manipulate things in their favor. Both parties have done this, but unfortunately it appears that the Republicans are better at it and since they control more state governments....we should expect more it.
What conservative voices? I have yet to find a true conservative in congress, in the MSM or even on talk radio. If you said neoconservative, I would agree. Conservatism no longer means what it once did. The real conservatives are quickly jumping ship and going to the Libertarian party.
originally posted by: Gryphon66
It's so common now to write off bad political practices by saying "but both sides do it."
What happened to the general playground principle of "two wrongs don't make a right"?
Also, as is seen in the article I linked above, yes there is evidence that both parties do it, but that the Republicans have now done it to such an incredible degree that any semblance of fair elections is starting to disappear in this country. As our friends on the right are so gleefully pointing out, Republicans just won at the State level so that they control the state chambers 69-30.
In each national election that we've seen in the last few cycles, Democrats win by millions in the popular vote, but still lose in representation?
That seems like a basic inequity that anyone who believes in the power of every vote would be concerned about.
originally posted by: xuenchen
This can't be possible.
Why would Democrats want to marginalize lower populated Republican areas?
originally posted by: Gryphon66
a reply to: xuenchen
So, are you saying that it's okay for Republicans to gerrymander the heck out of "urban" districts just to disempower Democratic voters? Because they're Democrats each of their sacredly important votes shouldn't count the same?
Do I have this correct?
Republicans have an opportunity to create 20-25 new Republican Congressional Districts through the redistricting process over the next five election cycles, solidifying a Republican House majority.
The rationale was straightforward: Controlling the redistricting process in these states would have the greatest impact on determining how both state legislative and congressional district boundaries would be drawn. Drawing new district lines in states with the most redistricting activity presented the opportunity to solidify conservative policymaking at the state level and maintain a Republican stronghold in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next decade.
To fund the initiative, the RSLC raised more than $30 million in 2009-2010, and invested $18 million after Labor Day 2010 alone. Specifically, the RSLC:
Spent $1.4 million targeting four New York State Senate seats, winning two and control of the New York State Senate. (-2 Congressional seats).
Spent nearly $1 million in Pennsylvania House races, targeting and winning three of the toughest races in the state. (-1 Congressional seat).
Spent nearly $1 million in Ohio House races, targeting six seats, five of which were won by Republicans. Notably, President Obama carried five of these six legislative districts in 2008. (-2 Congressional seats).
Spent $1 million in Michigan working with the Michigan House Republican Campaign Committee and Michigan Republican Party to pick up 20 seats. (-1 Congressional seat).
Spent $750,000 in Texas as part of an effort that resulted in 22 House pick-ups. (+4 Congressional seats).
Spent $1.1 million in Wisconsin to take control of the Senate and Assembly.
Committed resources to Colorado (more than $550,000) and North Carolina (more than $1.2 million).
The RSLC also invested more than $3 million across a number of other states including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington. (Five of these eleven states gained or lost Congressional seats).