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DEPACincy

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  1. DEPACincy

    The Republican Party

    Well extensive analysis of what actually happened throughout the country shows Dems have not gerrymandered do the insane degree that Republicans have even when they've had the opportunity in places like California, New York, and Massachusetts. So yes, I 100% believe the Ohio Dems would've drawn maps that were favorable to them, but I also think the evidence points to those hypothetical maps being within the previously accepted norms of our electoral process. Republicans are the ones who have been willing to undermine the very idea of one person, one vote for their own political gain. But regardless, gerrymandering is not good. I'm glad we passed the ballot initiatives and I hope we get maps that are more fair after the next Census. The fate of democracy in Ohio and around the country depends on it.
  2. I really, really, really hope this happens. It's just what that part of downtown needs!
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    The Republican Party

    Excuse us for not taking your claims as gospel. The bill in 2009 passed the Senate on strictly party lines. I don't know anything about the details of the bill but maybe if they had put forth a good bill they would've gotten at least one Democrat vote. Given everything we know about the two parties in Ohio I'm willing to believe your version of the history is a bit skewed to make the GOP look good and the Dems look bad.
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    The Republican Party

    The evidence just does not support the "both sides" narrative at all. In Massachusetts, Dems could've gerrymandered it so they win every seat every time, but they did not. In Maryland they definitely gerrymandered to take the western Maryland district from the GOP, but if they had put even a little effort into it they could've had every seat there as well. In New York, they actually helped Republicans with their boundaries. They could've had 21 safe Dem seats instead of the current 15 safe seats. California has some of the fairest districts in the country. There are 37 safe Dem seats, according to Five Thirty Eight. If they had tried, Dems could've come up with maps that gave them 47 safe seats. In Illinois, Dems could've had 13 safe seats instead of the current 10. Alternatively, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Ohio were the worst gerrymanders out there--all GOP controlled states. In Ohio, Republicans rewarded themselves with 4 additional safe seats (10 instead of 6 they'd get in a neutral map). In short, both sides are capable of gerrymandering--but one of them has zero scruples and cares more about power than they do the integrity of our electoral system.
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    The Republican Party

    But let's all remember that the reason why these districts are so right leaning is because of gerrymandering. Republicans have some natural geographic advantages, but in a blue wave year where Dems win the popular vote by 8 to 10 percentage points nationally, and maybe a little less than that statewide, they should be able to pick up half the congressional seats if the map was drawn neutrally. Instead, they'll be lucky if they come away with 5 of 16 seats. In Ohio we are under one-party authoritarian rule.
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    Voting

    USPS policy is to deliver the mail anyway and charge the local election board, but it's a guideline and not a requirement. So if you lack the proper postage it'll probably get there, but there's no guarantee.
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    Ohio's 1st Congressional District

    Lee lost in spectacular fashion. I like generals that win. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/05/19/the-truth-about-confederate-gen-robert-e-lee-he-wasnt-very-good-at-his-job/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c9a23385fe4b
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    Rural Ohio is dying

    No, it's change in vitality. It says Buffalo basically stayed the same and Houston and Miami went down. But they could both still be higher than Miami. No way to say without looking at the raw data.
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    The Trump Presidency

    This isn't actually what the test said. It said she had somewhere between 3.125% and 0.097%, but that it could also be higher because it could've missed relatives. So she could be lower than the average white American, but that was the lower bound. The upper bound was way higher.
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    The Republican Party

    And those people are an extreme minority, though maybe loud enough on Twitter to make it seem otherwise. I know you didn't intend to perpetuate the idea that the left is an angry mob but it feels like we all tend to buy into these stereotypes a little too much.
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    The Republican Party

    Funny, because I know a lot of liberals. Only one of them drives a Suburu. Most of them don't have bumper stickers. None of them are angry people, and as far as I know none of them have participated in an unruly mob. They value free speech (and the rest of the first amendment!) and they don't really fit your description at all. So are you basing this on actual people you now, or some stereotype put out there by conservative media and/or a perception distorted by social media? Honest question. I know you're a reasonable person, but your description here seems really hyperbolic.
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    The Republican Party

    There are thousands of groups out there that call themselves Antifa. There is no collective organization called that. Some of the groups do bad things, and advocate fighting white supremacists/alt-right groups with actual violence. Others are much more benign and just advocate holding counter-rallies and the like. So your characterizations, and those in the media, of these groups as somehow under some kind of national umbrella organization (perhaps funded by George Soros?) are very wrong and only serve to add more confusion to the conversation. But you already know that.
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    The Democratic Party

    So you constructed a straw man and then had an argument with no one? Gotcha. No one is actually arguing the position you seem to think we are.
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    Rural Ohio is dying

    Mercer and Auglaize may be doing better than Appalachian counties, but I think there are some worrying trends there as well. The population of both is a little less now than it was in 2000. They've seen zero growth in 17 years. In that time the US has grown about 16%. Both have seen their median incomes drop over the last two decades, and both have populations that are aging faster than the US as a whole.
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    The Democratic Party

    This right here says it all. The fact that you cannot see that the best interest of the country is more important than any more narrow self interest is our fundamental difference. Following your logic is what leads us to voter suppression. Isn't it my best interest to make sure black people, poor people, rural people, etc. don't vote since they won't necessarily make decisions that benefit me personally? Shouldn't I support disenfranchising them so I can have more power? That's the GOP's actual stance and you present it perfectly. First, no we cannot agree on that. I believe proportional representation in the Senate is a bad policy. Period. Second, I'm not arguing that progressives are acting in pure selflessness. It's like you're deliberately missing my point. It's that progressives see that a policy that is better for the country as a whole is going to be the best policy for them personally too, even if the immediate effect is to take power out of their own hands. So a person in Delaware can see, on the one hand this would give me less power, but on the other hand a country that is more democratic and less unequal is a better place for us all to live and is much more likely to be a place where I want my kids to grow up. In 2018 conservatives only think as far as whether this policy personally gives me more power, and that's why we're in the mess we're in.
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