No, not the district with highest quotient of ugly constituents. Everyone knows the New Jersey 5th has that locked down. Rather, Nate Silver's recent discussion of the Nebraska GOP's gerrymander of the 2nd Congressional District is a reminder that the 2012 election will be conducted with brand new district lines, courtesy of the 2010 Census and partisan gerrymandering.
The lines that create our congressional districts draw a picture of our democracy. Turns out, our democracy looks like a diseased whale uterus…
That's the Chicago 4th, an abomination formed by combining Chicagoland's two main Hispanic populations by way of an unpopulated highway median. It's number 3 on our list.
Number 2 on the list…
Tags: Gerrymandering, House of Representatives, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina
Baratunde Thurston — longtime friend of Indecision — fills us in on the political chicanery that dare not speak its name…
Tags: Baratunde Thurston, Bloggers on Camera, Cramming for Midterms, Gerrymandering, House of Representatives, The Onion, Video
Does your congressional district a boring old rectangle? Or does it more closely resemble the ovaries of a woman lying on her side, like Illinois' 4th District (represented by Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez)?
If so, you district might be included in Slate's 20 Most Gerrymandered Congressional Districts list.
And, if not, write your congressperson today, and demand that he or she wantonly redraw his or her district to suit his or her political ends. It's what our nation was built on.
Tags: Gerrymandering, House of Representatives, Illinois