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Monday, August 02, 2021

Ed Kilgore: One of the concerns that has fed Democratic support for the sweeping voting-rights bill known as the For the People Act (S. 1) has been the imminence of a decennial redistricting process in which many Republican-controlled states are expected to pursue aggressive partisan gerrymandering at both the congressional and state legislative levels.

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Yes.
And one of their first efforts will be a symbolic impeachment of Joe Biden.

#1 | Posted by Docman at 2021-08-02 01:41 PM | Reply

If the Democrats don't get the For the People Act passed, our democratic republic is dead. We will become an autocracy in the same vein as Russia, only more fascist.

#2 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2021-08-02 03:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#2 WHATSLEFT-Unfortunately, I have no faith in the Dems to have what it takes to fight these monsters. Legalized militias with a no permit, legal carry of any kind is a frightening future, especially if you live on the road in an RV like my wife & I do. If they take the house next fall, time for us to go buy one, waaaay off the grid.

#3 | Posted by Yodagirl at 2021-08-02 05:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Um yeah. They did it a couple decades ago and have done it ever since.

If the house OF REPRESENTATIVES was actually REPRESENTATIVE, it would be majority dem.

That's why repubs will never get rid of the electoral college and gerrymandering. They can't win on a level playing field.

#4 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-08-02 07:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Is the Pope Catholic?

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-08-02 11:42 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"I have no faith in the Dems to have what it takes to fight these monsters."

What exactly would that be, though?

Cooler heads have had the chance to prevail in the GOP for five years now.

It's Trump's party, and it will be Trump's party until Trump is dead. Then one of his kids will take over. See also: George Bush, George W. Bush.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-02 11:45 PM | Reply

#6 SNOOFY-A strong stand by Biden on the danger democracy faces from these groups and prioritizing the making of the voter rights act a law, a permanent end to gerrymandering and the filibuster and a cap on campaign contributions from anyone and any form of entity, would be a start. The Dems now have the power to attempt these changes yet no one is even talking about it-they will let this chance slip away, imho.

#7 | Posted by Yodagirl at 2021-08-03 09:42 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The only other hope is that everyone takes a day out of their lives packs a lunch with lots of drinks and votes.

Vote Vote Vote like your country depends on it.

#8 | Posted by bocaink at 2021-08-03 12:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Didn't the courts determine the GOP went too far in a couple states?

Pennsylvania and NC for example?

#9 | Posted by eberly at 2021-08-03 12:39 PM | Reply

#7 Those are good ideas, but two problems. 1. Gerrymandering is a state's rights issue, and if Republican states want to Gerrymander, it's legal. 1. A cap on campaign contributions won't survive Citizen's United.

I do support making the filibuster so it requires actually talking, like in Texas. If not just doing away with it altogether. I don't think ending/reforming the filibuster alone is enough to fix things. But it would be a good start.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-08-03 12:46 PM | Reply

#7 | Posted by Yodagirl

I agree. I know several right leaning posters here kept bringing up California some time ago as an example of Dems gerrymandering. They didn't like it when it was rebutted that was "fixed" by making it non-partisan redistricting and indeed that shows up in their representation at the state and federal level by Republicans and has for years. Make it nationwide law.

State's rights I am sure some Rs will cry because they stand against fair representation. Texas, Florida and other heavily R states are all very guilty of doing just that. Just look at how Republicans gerrymandered the area around Houston in Texas. A heavily Democrat area that the last I knew did not have any Democrat representation. Texas may still be conservative but there are a lot more Dems there than are in office. It's as bad if not worse than California was.

Then you have battleground states that R's had control of at the 2010 election and gerrymandered. PA, MI, WI, etc. Michigan is the only state I am aware of that the people approved non-partisan redistricting. And the Republicans fought the people's overwhelming vote (and I do mean overwhelming) in court. WHY would you do that? Because you gerrymandered into existence a super majority in the state Senate or federal redistricting that generated more Rs? Michigan has been gerrymandered for a LONG time by Rs and 2010 was just the most egregious.

#11 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-08-03 01:11 PM | Reply

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