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Nathan Gonzales writes in the latest The Rothenberg Political Report that “Democrats couldn’t have picked a worse year to get hit with a political wave at the state level” noting “The surge of 2010 puts Republicans in total control of redrawing congressional maps for more than 40 percent of the seats in the House of Representatives.”

For months, Democratic strategists privately expressed concern that the party had the expertise and resources to stem the GOP tide in some federal races, but there wasn’t enough attention on races further down the ballot. Their nightmare came true on Tuesday.

The GOP picked up 19 chambers, giving it control of 56 out of 98 partisan legislative chambers in the country. More important, Republicans control both chambers in 26 states (up from 15 before the election), including some key redistricting states. In 20 of those states they also control the governorship.

“Of the 18 states that are going to gain or lose seats in reapportionment, Republicans now have majorities in 10 of those states,” said Ed Gillespie, chairman of the Republican State Leadership Committee, who predicted that the GOP could gain 15 to 25 House seats through redistricting.

Every state will redraw its congressional map, even if it doesn’t gain or lose a seat due to population growth or loss. In most states, the legislature is in charge of drawing the lines, and in 39 states it has the power to veto a new map or the authority to appoint a redistricting commission.

“If you are a political party, you never want to have a really bad election,” said veteran political handicapper Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report. “But if you’re gonna have one, you really don’t want to have it in a year that ends in a zero.”

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 November 2010 12:33

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Politicos mistook Ohio for Fantasy Island last week. Republicans acted as if Nov. 2’s election were over — and they’d won everything statewide. Republicans, of all people, should know that when everyone says a stock is a sure-thing investment, that actually means, “Sell.”

Then President Barack Obama swooped in, saying, “A lot has changed since I came [to Ohio] in those final days of the [2008] election . . .” Correct, Mr. President: When you won, Ohio’s unemployment rate was 7 percent. It’s 10.3 percent now. He also assailed U.S. Rep. John A. Boehner, a suburban Cincinnati Republican who is likely to become speaker of the House if the GOP outruns Nancy Pelosi’s crew in November.

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 September 2010 08:03

From the South Bend Tribune
Republicans almost certainly will do all the redistricting in Indiana. For congressional districts. For the Indiana House. For the Indiana Senate.

And that’s bad news for Democrats for a decade.

The districts drawn next year on the basis of the 2010 Census, with computerized packaging of voters in ways to elect as many Republicans as possible, will be used in elections right on through 2020.

As the New York Times pointed out last week in a front-page article, the main focus nationally is of course on whether Republicans will take control of Congress, but “it is a

lower-profile battle over state legislatures that could strengthen the Republican Party for a decade.”

In most states, including Indiana, state legislatures do the redrawing of districts every 10 years.

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Last Updated on Monday, 13 September 2010 07:59

From the Washington Post

Big states — by population — simply matter more for a variety of reasons but, most notably, because of their role in the decennial Congressional line-drawing process known as redistricting.

Every ten years, a handful of states gain or lose seats based on population rises and declines — a process that hands power to create or destroy careers typically in the hands of a governor and a small group of state legislators.

Big states are typically the, um, biggest, winners and losers from this process and 2011 looks no different with places like Texas and Florida poised to gain seats and Michigan and Oho likely to lose them.

Democrats would gladly cede their seats in Wyoming, Kansas, and Oklahoma if it means they can steal Florida or Texas from Republicans. The ability to move around the 10 combined Congressional districts in those small states is exponentially less appealing than being able to shape the 32 in Texas or the 25 in Florida.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 7 September 2010 03:33

From Michael Cooper at the New York Times

Republicans are within reach of gaining control of eight or more chambers in statehouses around the country this fall, according to interviews with Republicans, Democrats and independent political analysts. That would give Republicans the power to draw more Congressional districts in their favor, since the expected gains come just as many legislatures will play a major role in the once-a-decade process of redrawing the boundaries of those districts.

Republicans said they expected to win control of House chambers in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania, and the State Senate in Wisconsin, and saw at least a dozen other states where they have a reasonable chance of winning control of legislative chambers. Democrats acknowledge that they will be fighting to preserve their slim majorities in at least 10 chambers — including State Senates in Nevada, New Hampshire and New York — but say that they see opportunities to gain control of chambers in four other states.

Redistricting, it has often been said, turns the traditional definition of democracy on its head: rather than allowing voters to choose their leaders, it allows leaders to choose their voters.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 7 September 2010 02:53