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Dick Dadey, president of Citizens Union, joins us to discuss the latest twists and turns in the redistricting battle, and why Governor Cuomo's veto threat isn't working.
Dadey is wrong as to what the court can start with. If there is no approved map,if the Governor vetoes an unacceptable map, then the court has discretion to draw a fair map. The Special Master has asked the parties to the redistricting litigation to provide comments about the Common Cause Reform Map, contradicting the assertion that the court will start with the existing district lines. You can see the Common Cause maps at http://www.newsday.com/umapny.
If Dick Dadey is so against slicing up the upper west side in the Assembly, because the community needs one voice. Is he also for the super Jewish senate district in Brooklyn? - so orthodox Jews get a voice??
You can see the proposed maps compared with the current Senate and Assembly districts here: http://bit.ly/wBgvVA
If you click the "More Data" tab in the lower right, you can display demographic patterns and 2010 voting results on the maps. And you can click on a district for more info. Here's an example of Senate District 22 in Brooklyn: http://bit.ly/AoOuni
Ok, this is a little off topic, but a little known fact is that gerrymander is always mispronounced. It should be gerrymander with a hard g and not with a soft g (like a j sound). Gerrymander came from a political cartoon when Elbridge Gerry was governor of Massachusetts in the early 1800s, and the term came as a description of the salamander-like shape of the North Shore of Massachusetts district (where Gerry was from). Gerry was also a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Amazingly I am an alum of the Elbridge Gerry Elementary School in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He has a school named after him - still!
The two party dictatorship continues - they decide who votes for them.
Do you have a copy of this map to post? I'd love to see it.
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