Illinois Democrats secretly redrawing district maps

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    Illinois Democrats redrawing district maps, State Senate 16 of 24 Republicans in with another R
    I'm sure TM is perfectly OK with this obvious abuse by the Democrats.
     
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    FREE REPUBLIC?????

    jesus what a partisan hack you are
     
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    Are you against gerrymandering in general or just when democrats do it?
     
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    coming from you? :rofl:

    you always whine like a little bitch about accepting the facts, regardless of where they come from... unless those facts contradict your opinion.

    suck the facts, bitch

    Did you bother to check the source link?
    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/politics&id=8140980

    POf course not, that would mean you'd have to accept facts that go against your warped opinion.
     
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    gerrymander: West's Encyclopedia of American Law (Full Article) from Answers.com



    (jĕr'ē-măn'dər, gĕr'-)
    tr.v., -dered, -der·ing, -ders.
    To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.

    n. 1. The act, process, or an instance of gerrymandering.
    2. A district or configuration of districts differing widely in size or population because of gerrymandering.

    [After Elbridge GERRY + (SALA)MANDER (from the shape of an election district created while Gerry was governor of Massachusetts).]

    WORD HISTORY "An official statement of the returns of voters for senators give twenty nine friends of peace, and eleven gerrymanders." So reported the May 12, 1813, edition of the Massachusetts Spy. A gerrymander sounds like a strange political beast, which it is, considered from a historical perspective. This beast was named by combining the word salamander, "a small lizardlike amphibian," with the last name of Elbridge Gerry, a former governor of Massachusetts-a state noted for its varied, often colorful political fauna. Gerry (whose name, incidentally, was pronounced with a hard g, though gerrymander is now commonly pronounced with a soft g) was immortalized in this word because an election district created by members of his party in 1812 looked like a salamander. According to one version of gerrymander's coining, the shape of the district attracted the eye of the painter Gilbert Stuart, who noticed it on a map in a newspaper editor's office. Stuart decorated the outline of the district with a head, wings, and claws and then said to the editor, "That will do for a salamander!" "Gerrymander!" came the reply. The word is first recorded in April 1812 in reference to the creature or its caricature, but it soon came to mean not only "the action of shaping a district to gain political advantage" but also "any representative elected from such a district by that method." Within the same year gerrymander was also recorded as a verb.


    Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/gerrymander#ixzz1gKsV6UbJ
     
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    Did anyone have a problem when they did this in Texas in 2002?
     
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    Im against anyone gerrymandering.
     
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    Your link is for STATE legislature districts, not FEDERAL. Moron.
     

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