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Sunday, August 17, 2003

Posted by Matthew
Incumbent Protection Racket

This is the same sort of rational article that crops up every now and then, and is decidedly ignored. I tend to be one who can spot the virtue in our political systems when people start to complain, but as far as I can tell, there really isn't any virtue in gerrymandering. I suppose you could say it provides a certain degree of stability... but it seems to be the sort of stability that breeds waste more than anything.

I've heard mention of Iowa's "independent commission" which consistently results in competitive elections... a simple factor of having districts determined by geography rather than political affiliation. If we want the house to be "reactive to a constituency" which seems a reasonable goal, then gerrymandering really needs to stop... Do any of you know anything about Iowa's system?

Not that I'm in favor the cowardly Dems in Texas... under the current system to the victor go the spoils, and they lost.


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