Who ya gonna believe on redistricting, Paul Ryan or your own lyin' eyes? | Wis.Community

Who ya gonna believe on redistricting, Paul Ryan or your own lyin' eyes?

"You have a plan that looks to be politically motivated," said [Michael] McDonald, a [redistricting scholar] political scientist at George Mason University in northern Virginia.

 

Democrat Dave Obey calls it "highly manipulative" and "crassly political."

 

Republican Paul Ryan calls it a "status-quo map" with "clean lines."

What they're talking about is a proposed redistricting plan for Wisconsin's Congressional seats, drawn in secret by Ryan and discussed behind closed doors by GOP members of the Wisconsin delegation.

It's main purpose, according to the Journal Sentinel's Craig Gilbert, is to boost freshman Republican Sean Duffy's prospects of holding the seat he won last November when Obey retired. That's the district that changes the most, and it took some creative line-drawing to make it more winnable for Duffy.

 If you think this map has "clean lines," just look at it, especially the new 3rd District, currently a Mississippi River distict that would meander halfway cross the state under Ryan's plan.

More at The Paul Ryan Watch.

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June 19, 2011 - 11:35am

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