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Political Changes over Next Decade Will Be Limited to Statewide Elections Due to Gerrymandering

Republican gerrymandering of Wisconsin districts assure Republican control of both state houses with less than majority vote.

Due to the unfettered gerrymandering of districts that the Republicans did behind closed doors, it is almost assured that the state GOP will continue to control the Legislature for the next 10 years.

Republicans made sure that as many Democrats were squeezed into as few districts as possible, leaving the majority of the districts as easy wins for Republicans.

In this past Nov. 6 election, the Republicans took control of both state houses with 200,000 fewer statewide votes than the Democrats received.

From Urban Milwaukee, online magazine, on Wednesday 11/21/2012:

"Republicans won 56 of the 76 contested Assembly seats in the Nov. 6 election. That’s 74 percent of the seats — which they won with just 52 percent of the 2.2 million votes.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin furnished the Center with data showing that if uncontested races were included in the analysis, Democrats actually received 200,000 more Assembly votes than Republicans. Most uncontested races were in Democratic districts."

“There is no question — none — that the recent redistricting effort distorted the vote,” said Ken Mayer, a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Nobody takes seriously the notion that the legislative plan for congressional districts wasn’t politically motivated.”

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What does this mean for Wisconsin voters and government?

First of all, since all foreseeable Legislative races for the next 10 years are virtually assured of having Republicans controlling both houses, the only way for Democrats to have any input is to concentrate on statewide races, which are decided by the total popular vote.

Statewide races include among others, governor, state attorney general, Supreme Court justices, and both U.S. Senate seats.

Unfortunately, even if the Democrats are successful in electing Democrats as governor, if the Republicans follow their federal strategy of obstructionism and non-compromise, as they have with President Obama, gridlock may become the Wisconsin government status quo.

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David Tatarowicz November 27, 2012 at 11:40 PM
@ Craig Do you understand the difference between present tense and past tense? Do you understand the difference between advocating for something without actively engaging in it? BTW -- I run two successful businesses and haven't been in real estate full time for years now since I had a knee injury that kept me on the sidelines for quite some time --- hard to show houses when using a walker!! What do you do Craig? I would guess not much as you spend a lot of time on here, much more than I could ever spend while having a life.
Terry November 29, 2012 at 06:32 PM
To answer your question Dave, I don't like the Fillibuster (which both parties have used, not just Republicans). Proposals should be considered, debated, and voted on. But this is not as direct a comparison as you would wish it in any event. The Filibuster is a administrative rule that is pretty much limited to the Federal congress. I don't believe there is an administrative rule at the state level that would allow that to be legal either. Could be wrong on that though, but if that was a legal option available to them, then why not use that instead of fleeing the state?
The Anti-Alinsky November 30, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Sorry David, but there are certain federal guidelines that have to be followed, primarily concerning race.
Ima Hippee November 30, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Morninmist - Hilary went to Benghazi and all I got was a bloody t-shirt.

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