If Democrats won back the Senate and White House in 2020, they could — with a simple majority vote in both houses, argues this audacious proposal — reset the size of Congressional districts. And that would change everything. (Thanks, Jim Burt.)
There were only 224,000 of us per Congressional District when the number of CDs was set at 433 in 1913 (raised to 435 in 1929). Today: 735,000 per district.
What if Congress reset it to 500,000?
Wait — what? More politicians? More Congressional staffers? Where would you put everybody? We all hate Congress (though we like our Congressperson)!
So this is not at first an appealing idea.
But, as you will read, it would eliminate the distortions of gerrymandering and of the Electoral College.
I don’t see it gaining traction. The prospects for the National Popular Vote effort strike me as more realistic, with 172 of the needed 270 Electoral College votes already secured and 89 more having passed at least one legislative chamber in 11 other states.
But that would only solve the Electoral College piece, not gerrymandering.
(To help fix gerrymandering, visit the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.)
Still . . . what do you think? Make our democracy more democratic?
Republicans will hate it. But they’d still have as many senators in North Dakota and Wyoming (combined pop: 1.4 million) as Democrats have in California and New York (combined pop: 60 million). So at least they’d still have that unfair advantage.
It’s really not possible, I think, to listen to his accounts of busting the Russian mafia, reacting to 9/11, overseeing the Boston Marathon bombing, investigating the Clinton emails — everything he’s done in his life and how and why he’s done it — and imagine that he’s anything but the best America has to offer. Honest, brave, and in it for all the right reasons. I’m not sure how you can say that about the Trumps and the Manaforts, the Michael Cohens and Roger Stones, the Flynns and the Zinkes — and on and on. Wilbur Ross? Tom Price? And wait til you read about Jeff Sessions.
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