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Have you seen the new book on gerrymandering by David Daley, editor of Salon magazine? Guess which state is mentioned first?
That’s right. Pennsylvania has a chapter of its own. It’s the first state discussed, with plenty of detail about the dirty tricks and secret money used to shift districts, capture the state legislature and control the 2010 redistricting process.
The Republicans won that round, but both parties are gearing up for the next redistricting battle. Websites for both Redmap 2020 and Advantage 2020 make clear that Pennsylvania will be a target state. If the current process continues, we can expect lots of focus-group-tested attack ads funded by large infusions of outside, undisclosed money.
What’s it like to run for office in such a gerrymandered state? According to one candidate,
“It’s forcing all representatives regardless of party to lean to the extremes. It’s obscene. It’s an abomination of democracy. It’s bad for everybody.”
[Gerrymandering ensures that the GOP will win that district by artificially grouping together Republicans. So the candidate that wins the Republican Primary will win the general election. However, in order to win the Republican Primary, the candidate must appeal to the extreme, ultra right wing, radical voters who are most likely to vote in GOP primaries.]
There’s nothing simple about redistricting reform, but you understand how much this matters.
Here’s part of Daley’s conclusion:
voters need to get angry, and voters need to turn out. Fair representation is a civil rights issue and a democratic rights issue. The vote is being rigged to favor a limited partisan interest. . . Anyone opposed to this use of corrosive assault on our most basic and valuable democratic right, the vote itself, must fight this deception and fraud as aggressively and strategically as those who would tilt things in their favor.”
The book has been featured in reviews by some top publications:
In the New York Times: When Republicans Draw District Boundaries, They Can’t Lose. Literally.
In the Washington Post: The power that gerrymandering has brought to Republicans
In the New Yorker: The G.O.P. Plan That Turned America Red
Fair Districts PA continues to build a grassroots movement to push for an independent citizens commission with strong guidelines for transparency, public input and enforcebable standards for population equality, compactness and minimal divisions.
Article by Carol Kuniholm & Barry Kauffman. Reprinted by permission of Fair Districts PA.