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    GOP Rep. Peter King is retiring.

    This one is personal, having been a Long Island resident for decades. But at 28 years in Congress, he's worked as many years as I did at my principal job, and I fully understand that when you realize it's time to retire, it really is time to go.

    Long Island has a substantial Republican presence, but it's been successfully gerrymandered by NY such that I don't expect a Republican to replace King.

    This AP report (no byline) is worth a chuckle, boldface added:

    NY Rep. Peter King retiring, presenting Dems with new target
    Rep. Peter King, a moderate Republican who has represented a Long Island congressional district for nearly 30 years, announced Monday he won’t seek reelection, presenting Democrats with a fresh suburban target as they defend their majority in 2020.

    The decision comes days after voters flocked to Democratic candidates in state elections in Kentucky and Virginia, underscoring Republican vulnerability in a suburban revolt against President Donald Trump.

    But in the latest indication that congressional Republicans are rallying behind Trump for now, King said he will oppose Democratic efforts to impeach Trump. . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Newman View Post
    Long Island has a substantial Republican presence, but it's been successfully gerrymandered by NY such that I don't expect a Republican to replace King.
    You consider this a gerrymander?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Jingo View Post
    You consider this a gerrymander?



    Until about 2014 his district was the 3rd, on the North Shore of the 2nd. That was when he was my very own congresscritter. He was followed in the 3rd by the Right Despicable Steve Israel.

    I don't remember the sausage-making, but I remember that King was pushed somehow into the 2nd, with its large minority areas and lower income towns, in the expectation that he would have a tough time of it, and maybe he did.

    I'll agree that the District doesn't have the spindly, road kill appearance of the worst examples.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Newman View Post
    I'll agree that the District doesn't have the spindly, road kill appearance of the worst examples.
    It is not an example of gerrymandering. It is almost a textbook example of the opposite.

    Texas 2nd Congressional district, currently held by Trump sycophant Dan Crenshaw, on the other hand …



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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Jingo View Post
    It is not an example of gerrymandering. It is almost a textbook example of the opposite.

    Texas 2nd Congressional district, currently held by Trump sycophant Dan Crenshaw, on the other hand …



    I won't argue that one. Strictly my recollected impressions from having been there.

    And see? Your Texas District does look like spindly road kill.
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    Yeah! What the hell has Dan Crenshaw ever done for this country anyway?
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    Texas has nothing on Michigan

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    Quote Originally Posted by gary m View Post
    Texas has nothing on Michigan
    That is true.

    Gerrymandering in Michigan is among the nation’s worst, new test claims

    Last year, Michigan Democrats won more overall votes for state House than Republicans. It was by a whisper, about half of one percentage point.

    But Democrats got walloped in the race that counts, as the GOP swept 63 of 110 seats.

    How could that be?

    Blame a nerdy term called “the efficiency gap.” Some political observers say it explains why Michigan Republicans continue to have such a high batting average in recent state and congressional elections, even though state voters typically cast overall ballots for both parties in roughly equal measure.

    ...

    In the case of both Michigan and Wisconsin, both states redrew districts in 2011 under Republican legislative control.
    And they want to keep it that way.

    Republicans sue to block Michigan redistricting commission

    Lansing — Republicans are suing to stop Michigan’s new citizen redistricting commission before it begins, alleging the voter-approved amendment is “blatantly unconstitutional” and discriminates against participants based on political service or family ties.

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