Texas' 27th Congressional District offers a perfect rebuttal to those trying to pretend that gerrymandering and big money did not play a huge role in the recent government shutdown and gridlock in Washington in general.
Right after Wendy Davis declared that she was running for governor, Texas Republicans set out to disenfranchise women from voting, 19th Amendment be damned. And the way they're keeping ladies out of the voting booth it is a doozy.
One of the problems we're facing now is the inability of the House Republican leadership to mete out effective discipline on the Tea Party, or, if you will, the "shutdown caucus." And one reason for that -- not the only reason, maybe not even the biggest -- is gerrymandering.
Look, I have no problem with the Republican Party campaigning to repeal Obamacare, as they did in 2012. But they lost. The people spoke, and reelected the president. The party that loses cannot be allowed to implement its agenda as if it won.
There's an important difference between this shutdown and the last: In the last shutdown, Republicans could genuinely assert that the public was on their side.
We're hearing a lot about term limits these days because Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner has started a strongly financed initiative to add term limits to the Illinois Constitution.
History, it is said, is written by the victors. In North Carolina, apparently, that history will be written by Sharia-fearin', teacher-salary slashin' white people totin' guns into their favorite playgrounds and bars.
Pondering this question about Molly Ivins several times a day has become a new hobby of mine since the spectacular Senator from Fort Worth, Wendy Davis, stood up for 13 hours and basically destroyed the Republican Party in Texas.
Patronage, clout, hush money, misuse of public funds... there are so many ways the events surrounding the departure of former Metra CEO Alex Clifford have exploded into the biggest Illinois scandal of the summer.
Every day we see voters in South that are hungry for more options. The extreme far-right fringe of the Republican Party has a stranglehold on the South. This ideological dominance is holding back much-needed progress.
Okay, we are all tired of the whining about how our congressional, state senate and state representatives' districts look.
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