GOP war on voting: REDMAP gerrymandering

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

In November, Democratic candidates for Congress collectively got 1.1
million more votes than their Republican opponents, and yet Tea-Publicans maintained a 33-seat Republican majority in the House through an aggressive and sophisticated gerrymandering strategy known as REDMAP. The GOP is now bragging about its success in thwarting the popular vote of the people through aggressive gerrymandering. The GOP's 'REDMAP' memo:

[T]he Republican State Leadership Committee is touting the effects of its Redistricting Majority Project, or REDMAP. They write:

President Obama won reelection in 2012 by nearly 3 points
nationally, and banked 126 more electoral votes than Governor Mitt
Romney.  Democratic candidates for the U.S. House won 1.1 million more
votes than their Republican opponents.  But the Speaker of the U.S.
House of Representatives is a Republican and presides over a 33-seat
House Republican majority during the 113th Congress.  How? One
needs to look no farther than four states that voted Democratic on a
statewide level in 2012, yet elected a strong Republican delegation to
represent them in Congress: Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

[T]he Republican firewall at the state legislative and congressional level held.

Last month ProPublica detailed
exactly how REDMAP worked, with special emphasis on redistricting in
North Carolina. If the REDMAP memo sounds like a sales pitch to donors,
consider that the RSLC raised $30 million in 2010.

2012 Map
Pro Publica

The Rachel Maddow Show reported on the GOP's REDMAP gerrymandering of congressional districts on Thursday.

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On Tuesday, the Rachel Maddow Show reported on the GOP strategy to apportion electoral votes by congressional distict to rig the election to thwart the popular vote for president.

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We have a political party that openly brags about rigging elections to thwart the popular vote of the people in a democracy. It is anti-democratic and un-American. At what point do the American people rise up in righteous indignation and demand that this political party cease to exist?

UPDATE: More from Think Progress. Republicans Brag They Won House Majority Because Of Gerrymandering.

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