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Dick Dadey, executive director of public interest watchdog Citizen's Union, and Angelo Falcón, president and founder of the National Institute for Latino Policy, talk about the redistricting fight heating up in Albany.
Gerrymandering is a dirty word unless it's used to magnify the representation of a minority group? You can't say that gerrymandering is bad but then adjust districts so that all the Latinos don't get dumped into one district. If people choose to live together in a geographic area as a group, why should we them create lines for districts as if they are spread out all over? They can move. Gerrymandering of ANY sort should ne outlawed. I agree with commenter about Google Maps. Just make squares until the number of the people in a square is appropriate. I am tired of the arguments on both sides of redistricting- minorities who want to use to undo where they decide to reside, and legislators who re-district to save their seats. Both are corrupt arguments.
Can Falcon say LATINO some more
Wow - what nonsense from Mr Falcone. Hipsters should be denied the right to representation?
Sure, gentrification is a problem that dilutes the minority vote. Of course, when the minorities were moving in decades ago to create these minority neighborhoods, calling their appearance a 'problem' was called 'racism'.
Wow a Gay district, what next a Bi district, a transexual district. Shows how ridiculous this can become. How about the areas being a real neighborhood.
I submit that the current impasse of partisan politics in Washington begins with the practice of local re-districting. When a representative is not required to compromise in his or her home district on a daily basis, they will lose the will to compromise when in DC. If it's only about re-election, it's never about the people - only the individual seeking power.
This may be a naive question - but - with all the demographic information digitalized by the Census Bureau, and all the map information digitalized by companies such as Google, wouldn't it be a more transparent process in this day and age to lay a grid template over the state map and adjust the grid size by population to produce election districts?
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