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And five states where the GOP had exclusive authority back in 2011 — Louisiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin — are now under split or commission control.

In Michigan, where the previous GOP drawn district maps were ruled by a court "gerrymandered to a historic degree", We The People spoke with a petition drive for a ballot proposal to establish the commission. The commission proposal was approved with a vote of 61% of We The People.

Ironically, people in Detroit are complaining about the new proposed map, which joins slices of the city with parts of the burbs, as a "dilution" of their influence. Apparently, they want one "safe" Detroit seat, instead of 3 competitive seats. Of course, the GOP was trying to maximize the number of "safe" seats as well. So, the takeaway seems to be that the commission is succeeding in drawing competitive districts, rather than giving one party or the other "safe" seats, no matter what sort of knuckle dragging political hack they run.

Steve
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