We need to find new ways to keep the fight going.

This blog is now over a year old. The critical time in Pennsylvania to make a change was last summer (2008) and the Legislature failed the citizens of Pennsylvania. We are now saddled by the Democrats with the same corrupt process the Republicans created to control votes in Pennsylvania for another census, which means 2010 and beyond.

Despite this failure we should continue to raise awareness of the insidious process of Gerrymandering. Seems like we freely elect our representatives but they carefully and deliberately “stack the deck” for their own purposes, not ours. Of course that makes sense, they serve themselves and their institution, not us. We citizens are a by-product of their careers.

Shall we overcome? We can, we just haven’t yet. We must educate ourselves and then we will overcome.


Did you know George H Bush was a Gerrymander specialist?

The Republicans, under the guise of assisting black voters, used gerrymandering after the 1990 census to win back the House during Clinton’s term. The abuse and manipulation of this practice is horrifying and it must be stopped. See this essay.

Rep Josephs taking well deserved hit in the press

This article in today’s Inquirer discusses how she hasn’t passed a number of reform bills.  It includes the redistricting reform of this spring. She defends herself with “if it’s not right it shouldn’t be done” hoping that the public will believe her definition of “right”. She seems to not only have lost respect, which is a shame, but lost two other very critical items:

1. She has lost a chance to make an issue of true reform for this state. And now it looks like with “Bonusgate” the Democrats gamble that they would control the 2010 redistricting may fail. They will deservedly suffer from an even worse redistricting from the Republicans in 2010 if they do lose the House this fall.

2. She lost the chance to make a “defining moment” for herself. A chance to stand up and be counted not just as a Legislator but as a true Representative of the people. She had a chance to fight “the good fight” and to be hero to all of us so desperate to witness a display of integrity in our politicians. Is is sad that she couldn’t see what could have been done. She lacked vision.

Yes, we will wait another ten years. Perhaps then we will find a few representatives that kept their ideals intact when they took their oaths.

A Good Reference on Gerrymandering Issues – it’s killing America

See this post for a good discussion about gerrymandering and it’s evils. Note that it says repeated that it is all about the politicians controlling the voters and not the voters selecting their representatives. No matter how much our Representatives give excuses, gerrymandering is one of the basic problems in America today.


Why Josephs is wrong about the LRB’s need for expertise

Rep Josephs doesn’t want to burden the Legislative Reference Bureau with the task of redistricting because she says they don’t have the expertise. The LRB can pay for help from any number of Universities in Pennsylvania and they can purchase software that does the job.

Here is one company, (Caliper.com) that makes software (Maptitude for Redistricting – gotta love that name!) that would help with redistricting for Pennsylvania.

Here is a quote from the company on one of the features:

MTR  includes all the municipal boundaries including counties, townships, school districts, etc. You can use these layers as building blocks to create your districts. The software will warn you if you are about to split one of these district boundaries

Celebrate the 4th and be a patriot by sending emails!

To Senate Chairman of Apropriations, Gibson Armstrong to move SB346 Garmstrong@PASEN.gov, also Rep Joseph’s at http://www.pahouse.com/contact/viaLDPC.asp?district=182 ) to get her to move on HB2420.

If only we had independence from gerrymandered districts and true representation from our legislature!

The Democratic Leadership doesn’t want gerrymandered districts, why does Rep Joseph want them?

Check out this story on the Democratic Leadership webpage.  Isn’t it time for our leadership to do exactly that, fix Pennsylvania? What happened to our 94 sponosrs? What happended to SB346 and Rep Samuelson? Why hasn’t Rep Evans stood up to be counted?