Political cartography has strange con...

Political cartography has strange consequences

There are 4 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Nov 13, 2008, titled Political cartography has strange consequences. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

The close and contentious race finally produced a winner Tuesday when Andy Harris conceded and Frank Kratovil declared victory, shifting the conservative-leaning district from Republican to Democratic hands for ...

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chasseur

Windsor, CT

#1 Nov 13, 2008
That's all true, especially the part about Glendening having screwed up the state long term, but Kratovil won the counties on the shore.
Old Timer

Havertown, PA

#2 Nov 13, 2008
When it comes to the 1st District race, I am surprised the Sun, of all 4th Estate organs, failed to make the point the late R Gov placed his political capital on the line in campaigning vigorously for Harris. That should be the end of Bob as a Statewide candidate, but I doubt either his ego or Kendall will allow him to walk away from public life.
Joe

Baltimore, MD

#3 Nov 13, 2008
The term is "gerrymandering" which is creating districts with nonsensical borders in order to achieve a party dominance to insure the election of a party member. Democrats are famous for this tactic.
MikeA

Annapolis, MD

#4 Nov 14, 2008
Joe wrote:
The term is "gerrymandering" which is creating districts with nonsensical borders in order to achieve a party dominance to insure the election of a party member. Democrats are famous for this tactic.
Did you miss the part about Texas redistricting? The first aim of every politician, regardless of party, is to remain in power.

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