Where The Real Power Lies This Election: Redistricting
Nick Baumann at Mother Jones says it’s not about the House or the Senate. The power lies at the ability to redefine Congressional districts, and that is accomplished without challenge in states where the governor and both houses of the legislature are of the same party. (via Political Wire)
“If either party can achieve what politicos call the ‘trifecta’ — control of the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature — in a given state, it will be able to draw congressional districts within that state unencumbered by any need to compromise with the other party. That’s the kind of power that creates electoral maps like the one former GOP Majority Leader Tom Delay helped bring to Texas in 2003 — a map that pushed four of the state’s Democrats out of their seats.”Click here for reuse options!
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