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High court's hot potato: redistricting
By Warren Richey | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

(2006-02-28) A high-stakes redistricting case is pushing the US Supreme Court into politically charged territory.

At issue: whether Republican tactics to redraw Texas congressional districts in 2003 violated election laws or the US Constitution.

A decision by the high court, which hears the case Wednesday, could have far-reaching political consequences.

Discuss please.

I'm of the opinion that gerrymandering should be outlawed entirely. It inevitably results in cronyism, favoritism, and power plays that are costing our country its very foundation; Government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

I think districts are necessary, but should be bound either by, say, county lines, or bounded by straight lines (or straight as possible) containing an equal amount of citizens in each district. Neither should be allowed to take voter registration or party affiliation into account. The second would make for varying sized land masses per district, but congressional representatives would be stewards of what the people want, not what the party wants. It would give more voice/weight to local concerns, and not have to rely on Washington to dole out favors based on party loyalty.

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