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Most folks on here probably know that House Democrats actually won the popular vote in this past election, polling 49% to the Repubs 48%.  Yet, due to America's awesome election laws, this guy still gets to be Speaker.  

He just loves America so much.
This was felt most profoundly in Pennsylvania, where Democrats were recovering from a 2010 cycle where we lost everything that wasn't nailed down.  

The Democrats lost our state house majority and the Governor's mansion just in time for deciennial redistricting, coughing up the redistricting trifecta just in time for the Republicans to screw up.  We also lost Democratic seats in PA-03, PA-07, PA-08, PA-10, PA-11.  After a decade of clawing our way back to relevance in PA, we were facing the prospect of playing another decade on Republican turf.  

Fast forward to 2012, PA Democrats received 50.2% of all votes cast for House races -- and Republicans received 48.7%.  Naturally, Democrats won 5 of PA's 18 seats -- or 27.8% of the seats.

PA relies completely on political gerrymandering for our elections, and I'll admit I dreamt in 2008 of the safe D districts we could draw from under some Republican incumbents.  However, I decided to take a stab at drawing a realisticly clean map of PA.  My guiding principle was respecting county lines, and where that failed ward/township lines.  I actually managed to only break 16 or so of our 67 counties, and achieved pretty good parity of districts (standard deviation is +/- 225 people).

Take a look, and let me know what you think.

Compare this, if you will, to our current configuration, especially around Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley.  Incredibly more compact, and less straight up ridiculous.
I'll walk through all of the districts, my method behind them, and their stats.  For those of you that know PA's current district numbering, notice that I pretty much blew it up.  That's partly because I started around Pittsburgh, which is the area of the state growing least quickly and the one that actually lost a seat this time around.  Also, I live in Northeast Philadelphia, which for years was PA-03, and wanted to get the number back!

Southeastern PA

This is Philadelphia and the close suburbs.  This area of the state has become dramatically more blue in the past few years, and was also the slight of the biggest losses to the Tea Party in the wave of 2010.  

PA - 1 - Dark Blue
Obama - 76.3% | McCain 22.9%
VAP - White 48.0% | Black 27.7% | Hispanic 14.9% | Asian/Pacific Islander 14.9%

This district didn't change much from it's current iteration, taking in the entirety of Philadelphia east of Broad Street and the lower Northeast, before jutting out through South Philadelphia and northeastern Delaware County.  For lack of a better description, this district is centered on white Philadelphia, and would be a strong hold for current congressman and Democratic city boss Rep. Bob Brady (D).  You'll notice that there's a weird hook running up to grab part of West Philadelphia; that's to grab Brady's 34th Ward.  Non-partisan or not, Democrat or Republican, no one in Pennsylvania is going to district Bob Brady out of a seat.

Safe Democrat

PA - 2 - Dark Green
Obama - 94.3% | McCain 5.4%
VAP - White 22.1% | Black 62.4% | Hispanic 7.2% | Asian/Pacific Islander 6.0%

One of the funniest statistics from Election Day in Philadelphia is that Mitt Romney polled exactly 0 votes in 59 precincts in the city.  Most of them would be in this district.  PA-02 sheds Lower Merion township from its current iteration, and is held strictly in the city of Philadelphia.  If PA-01 is white Philadelphia, this is black Philadelphia, and includes most of the impoverished neighborhoods of North and West Philadelphia, but also five of the 'City Six' colleges in the Philly area -- the University of Pennsylvania, LaSalle, Drexel, St. Joe's and Temple.  This will be safe for current Rep. Chaka Fattah (D).

Safe Democrat

PA - 3 - Dark Purple
Obama - 58.0% | McCain 40.9%
VAP - White 82.6% | Black 6.6% | Hispanic 4.2% | Asian/Pacific Islander 5.4%

This is the district in which I would live, and as an organizer I know the area really well, so I pretty much ignored county lines.  This takes in the majority of Far Northeast Philadelphia, Lower Bucks County, and southern Montgomery County  It is trending strongly Democratic over the past few years, but would not be uncompetative.  Currently, this would be the home district for Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R), although with its decided blue tilt, I would see him moving slightly north and running in the reconstituted PA-08.  It's also home to current Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D), who may or may not be running for governor in 2014 or Senate in 2016.  

With or without Schwartz, this district is home to some enterprising young Democrats like State Sen. Mike Stack, State Reps. Brendan Boyle, Kevin Boyle, and Steve Santarsiero, Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia, Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro (who probably has his eyes on a statewide office) and others.  Former "Rep. "Yes That" Patrick Murphy lives here, but its unclear what his future plans are.  Mike Fitzpatrick could make this competative for the Rs, as could a moderate elected like State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, but with a deep D bench, this is a likely Democratic district.

Likely Democrat

PA - 4 - Red
Obama - 49.3% | McCain - 49.8%
VAP - White 87.1% | Black 4.4% | Hispanic 4.6% | Asian/PI 2.9%

This is a McCain district, stolen from central PA.  This starts delving into the area that PA Republicans carved up with a scalpel in this latest round of redistricting, so it bears almost no resemblance to any district that currently exists.  The closest is probably the current PA-16.  It takes the entirety of Chester County, the eastern half of Lancaster County, and most of Newtown Township in Delaware county.

This district would be home to current Rep. Joe Pitts (R), the other guy from the Stupak-Pitts Amendment.  It's also home to current Rep. Jim Gerlach (R).  This would set up a nasty cad-fud primary, since the Republican primary electorate here is not as Tea-flavored as elsewhere, and Jim Gerlach is nominally moderate (and moreover perceived to be moderate).  Pitts is not, and severely underperformed in 2012 against a weak challenger.  A Blue Dog Democrat like State Sen. Andy Dinniman could make this competative for the Ds, but that's not likely.  Obama actually overperformed by about 5 points in this district, and while it is trending blue, it probably isn't there yet.

Likely Republican

PA - 5 - Yellow
Obama - 61.5% | McCain - 37.6%
VAP - White 79.3% | Black 11.9% | Hispanic 3.5% | Asian/PI 4.2%

This districts bears most resemblance in PA-07 from 2002 - 2010.  It is most of Delaware county, and reaches an arm up into Southern Montgomery County.  It also takes some of the northwestern wards in   It is heavily Democratic, and its Democratic primary electorate will be dominated by working class voters in Delaware County, and upper class Jewish suburbanites in Lower Merion in Montgomery County.  Current Rep. Pat Meehan (R) lives here, and is maybe the only Republican who could make this competitive.  His current district (PA-7) snakes through six different counties in SEPA, betraying just how badly the Rs had to carve up the map to protect him in a strongly blue-trending area.

For the Ds, this is home to former Rep. Joe Sestak, 2010 candidate and former state Rep. Byran Lentz, State Sen. Daylin Leach, and former State Rep. Mike Gerber.  Any of them would be formidable candidates, and all are strong progressives.  It takes in several colleges, including Villanova (my alma mater), Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore.  So there will be a built in volunteer corps for a Democrat.

Likely Democrat

PA - 8
Obama - 52.5% | McCain - 46.5%
VAP - White 87.7% | Black 3.8% | Hispanic 2.6% | Asian/PI 5.0%

This is another district that completely ignores county lines.  It takes the majority of upper and central Bucks and Montgomery Counties, as well as a few townships in Lehigh County to maintain population equity.  This district would be incumbentless, also current Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick could make a run, as he is the current Rep. for PA-8, which is now the entirety of Bucks County and parts of Upper Montgomery County.  He served the area from 2004 - 2006, and again from 2010 until now, and previous to that was a long-time Bucks County commissioner.  So though he doesn't live here, he is familiar with the turf.  The party benches are pretty weak here, as most of the people that get good press in the area tend to be closer to the city.

Obama overperformed this district, but upper Bucks is filled with pro-choice Republicans (particularly women) and former Rep. Patrick Murphy overperformed here in 2006 and 2008 as well, so a Democrat could do well here.  That said, the area swung hard to the Tea Party in 2010, the district is older than probably any in my gerrymanger and Bucks is the quintessential swing county in PA.

Pure Toss-Up

Lehigh Valley - Philadelphia Ex-urbs

PA - 6 - Green
Obama - 49.2% | McCain - 49.4%
VAP - White 85.8% | Black 3.1% | Hispanic 9.3% | Asian/PI 1.0%

This district reverts back to more of its historical forms, taking in the entirety of Berks and Schuylkill Counties.  It also takes the vast majority of Lebanon County, and a few townships in Lehigh County.  It would be incumbent-less.  It is home to former Rep. Tim Holden (D), who just lost a Democratic primary for the current (and much bluer) PA-17, and 2010/2012 candidate Manan Trivedi.  There are a lot of Democrats and Republicans that could make a bid here, but Tim Holden would stand head and shoulders above everyone.  He was the long-time (and well known) sheriff in Schuylkill County, and represented Schuylkill County and large parts of Berks County in Congress for years.  I can tell you personally that most people in Reading thought of Holden as their congressman, irrespective of the fact that the city was split three ways from 2002 - 2010.

Berks is bluing, although Reading is a town that has seen better days and is losing population.  The area outside of the towns (Reading, Pottsville, Lebanon, Kutztown) are very red, so this would be a pretty close split.

Safe Holden, otherwise Toss-Up/Lean Republican

PA - 12 - Cornflower Blue
Obama - 57.2% | McCain - 41.5%
VAP - White 78.9% | Black 5.0% | Hispanic 12.3% | Asian/PI 2.6%

This is a Lehigh County-focused district, with the entirety of Northampton County.  It also takes in the urban areas of Lehigh County -- Allentown and the suburbs.  It also takes half of Monroe County (the Pocono mountains).  It is the home to current Rep. Charlie Dent (R), who could probably make a go of this, but might be more inclined to run in neighboring PA-06.  2010 candidate and Bethlehem mayor John Callahan (D) would probably make a run here.  Despite the fact that Obama overperformed here by a bit, this area leans Democratic, and with this district would probably get there.

Likely Dent or Lean Democrat

Northeastern Pennsylvania

PA - 10 - Pink
Obama - 56.8% | McCain - 42.2%
VAP - White 88.9% | Black 3.6% | Hispanic 5.4% | Asian/PI 1.2%

This district is centered on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area.  It is home to current Rep. Matt Cartwright, and would be a good fit for him.  Cartwright is probably the most progressive Democrat from Northeastern PA, and this is probably the most progressive -- and most compact -- district you could draw.  It takes the entirety of Lackawana, Luzerne and Carbon Counties, as well as half of each Pike and Monroe Counties.

This district is ancestrally Democratic, and has a history of electing Democrats, despite the apparent close-split nature of the area.  Current Rep. and crazy Latino-phone Lou Barletta (R) lives here.  He could run in the much more R-friendly PA-17, or the toss-up PA-06.  However, with his background as mayor of Hazelton it might be hard to switch areas, but that would make a lot more sense for him.  However, the right Republican could make this area competitive.

Likely Democrat

South Central PA

PA - 7 - Grey
Obama -  52.4% | McCain - 46.7%
VAP - White 77.6% | Black 9.9% | Hispanic 8.6% | Asian/PI 2.5%

Despite the seemingly gerrymandered nature of this district, I didn't actually start it that way.  It just kind of happened due to population equity necessity, and trying to keep PA-09 compact.  The district as drawn would be incumbentless.  It takes in pretty much all the urban areas that exists in Central PA -- York, Harrisburg, Lancaster.  I'm not sure who would run in this district, but we could see newly elected state Sen. Rob Teplitz (D), or incoming State Auditor General Eugene Pasquale (D).  This is another district that is probably bluing over the next few years, but right now it would be a toss-up.

Pure Toss-Up

PA - 9 - Cyan
Obama -  39.6% | McCain - 59.4%
VAP - White 92.4% | Black 2.4% | Hispanic 2.7% | Asian/PI 1.6%

This district takes in the majority of South Central Pennsylvania, and reflects mostly the current PA-4, and the past PA-9.  Incoming Rep. Scott Perry (R) lives here, and the Republican electorate is pretty Tea-flavored.  This is going to be a Republican district, and likely for Perry and likely for a long time.

Safe Republican

The T

PA - 11 - Lime Green
Obama -  39.0% | McCain - 59.8%
VAP - White 93.6% | Black 2.2% | Hispanic 1.7% | Asian/PI 1.7%

This district takes a lot of Central Pennsylvania, and is the first district that starts to take in large swaths of rural Pennsylvania.  It takes the entirety of ten counties -- Blair, Bedford, Centre, Fulton, Huntington, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Snyder and Union.  It splits Northumberland with PA-17, Dauphin with PA-7, and Franklin with PA-9.  Current Reps. GT Thompson and Bill Shuster both live in this district, although Shuster could easily move over to PA-17, which has a lot of overlapping turf to his current district.

This is a Republican district, and will remain so.

Safe Republican

PA - 13 - Tan
Obama -  46.0% | McCain - 52.6%
VAP - White 94.6% | Black 3.3% | Hispanic 0.9% | Asian/PI 0.4%

You'll see more detail around the Pittsburgh area, but this district takes in large ancestrally Democratic areas.  It takes the entirety of Cambria, Fayette, Greene and Somerset counties, and splits Washington and Westmoreland counties.  I said this is ancestrally Democratic, and it is.  For example, Fayette and Green counties have voted Democratic in almost all of the gubentarioal elections since time immemorial, and Washington and Westmoreland have been almost as reliable.  Democratic candidate Dan Onorato lost all of them in 2010, despite being from nearby Pittsburgh, and Democrats lost every countywide office in Westmoreland County in the last election.  If the Philly suburbs are trending blue, the Pittsburgh suburbs and southwest Pennsylvania are trending red just as quickly.

Just defeated Rep. Mark Critz of Johnstown lives in this district, and would be the strongest Democratic candidate we could get.  Other than that, this district is probably more of a toss-up that the numbers reflect.  We'd need a strong pro-labor Democrat, who is socially moderate to conservative.

Likely Critz or Toss-Up/Tilt Republican

PA - 16 - Neon Green
Obama -  39.4% | McCain - 59.3%
VAP - White 96.2% | Black 1.60% | Hispanic 0.90% | Asian/PI 0.70%

This district is created almost entirely new, and be the whitest district in the state.  It would be home to Punxsutawney, famed home of this guy:

Punxsutawney Phil, currently leading the Republican primary after bravely telling voters exactly how much wood he would, in fact, chuck.
This is home to current Rep. and literal used-car salesman Mike Kelly (R).  He would win here going away.

PA - 17 - Dark Purple
Obama -  42.0% | McCain - 56.6%
VAP - White 95.1% | Black 2.1% | Hispanic 1.5% | Asian/PI .5%

This district comprises most of what I would call upstate Pennsylvania, running across almost the entirety of the Pennsylvania/New York border.  It reaches around the Scraton/Wilkes-Barre metro area, and grabs part of the border with New Jersey north of the Pocono Mountains, and is home to Williamsport, home of the Little League Baseball Hall of Fame.  Lycoming County is home to current Rep. Tom "Casino" Marino (R) who defeated Dem. Rep. Chris Carney in 2010.  Carney lives in this district as constituted, although it would likely be a lost cause for Democrats.

Rep. Bill Shuster lives in the nearby PA-11 in Centre County, and would likely run in the primary here against the scandal-plauged Marino.  And Shuster is a power-house in the House, chairing the Transportation Committee.  Fun fact -- Shuster succeeded his father Bud in office, who was also Transportation chair.

Safe Republican

PA - 18 - Light Yellow
Obama -  51.3% | McCain - 47.3%
VAP - White 92.4% | Black 4.5% | Hispanic 1.5% | Asian/PI .7%

This district is centered on the town of Erie, and takes in a lot of the Republican-leaning suburbs, as well as some Democratic-leaning boroughs and towns along the Ohio border.  This is across the state line from Youngstown, Ohio, and area famously working class that was swept by the Tea Party in 2010.  This is similar to the current PA-03, which was gerrymandered to protect former GOP Rep. Phil English in 2002.  He was knocked off by Blue Dog Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper in 2008, who was in turn outsed by current Rep. Mike Kelly (R).  

Kelly no longer lives in this district, as it shed red Butler County, in favor of the bluer parts of Beaver County.  However, both Dahlkemper and English do, as does popular outgoing State Senator Jane Earll (R) and incoming State Senator Sean Wiley, who won in a landslide to replace the retiring Earrl.  Dahlkemper in particular has been making noises about running for something else (Governor is the current scuttle-butt), so she would likely make a go here.  I would give her the edge.

Likely Dahlkemper or Toss-up/Tilt Democrat

PA - 14 - Brown
Obama -  52.3% | McCain - 46.6%
VAP - White 89.2% | Black 9.0% | Hispanic 1.1% | Asian/PI 1.7%

This district takes in about half of the city of Pittsburgh (and Allegheny County) south of the Ohio river, and takes the northern half of Washington County.  This district is home to current Reps. Mike Doyle (D) and Tim Murphy (R).  Since this covers half a city, you'd expect it to be a bit more Democratic.  However, this is an area where Obama underperformed by about 4 points, and is trending away from the Democrats a bit.  Along with my PA-13, this is the "guns and religion" crowd.  Still I'd think this would be a Democratic leaning district, although Tim Murphy is very strong with labor in Pittsburgh.  

Pure Toss-Up if Tim Murphy runs, otherwise Lean Democrat

PA - 15 - Orange
Obama -  59.3% | McCain - 39.8%
VAP - White 79.6% | Black 14.4% | Hispanic 1.4% | Asian/PI 3.3%

This district takes in northern Allegheny County, and about half of the city of Pittsburgh.  It takes in Southern Beaver County as well.  You would think it would be a more strong Democratic district, but the northern and northeastern suburbs of Piitsburgh are very Republican.  For instance, Penn Hills gave us the abomination of Rick Santorum.

Still, this is likely a Democratic district, even if incoming Rep. Keith Rothfus (R) were to run.


By my calculus, Democrats win PA-1, PA-2, PA-3, PA-5 (Philadelphia), PA-10 (Scranton), and PA-15 (Northern Pittsburgh).  

Republicans win PA-4 (Chester County), PA-9 (South Central Pennsyltucky), PA-11 (Penn State and points south), PA-16 (West Bumblefuck), and PA-17 (New York border).

PA-7 (York/Lancaster/Harrisburg), PA-8 (Upper Bucks/Montgomery), PA-12 (Lehigh Valley), PA-13 (Southwest/Johnstown), PA-14 (south of Pittsburgh) would be competitive.  

PA-6 would be a lock for Democrat Tim Holden, or tilting Republican otherwise.  PA-18 would be pretty good territory for former Rep. Kathy Dalhkemper, or a toss-up otherwise.

What do ya'll think?  This is my first diary; be gentle!

Originally posted to NovaNardis on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 11:06 PM PST.

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  •  I love "clean district" maps (1+ / 0-)
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    This map is much cleaner than the current one. It looks like Dems could get up to 11 or 12 seats with your map? Even getting 10/18 seats would give Democrats 55.6% of the seats, more than the 52% of the popular vote Obama got in PA.

    Great map!

    •  The state is really split (2+ / 0-)
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      CherryTheTart, Mostel26

      There are 6 likely D districts, 5 likely R districts, and 7 competative.  In a good year, Dems could probably take all 7 of the competative, but more likely 4-5.

      It makes a lot more sense, as PA is slightly Democratic on average.  Although a good chuck of the Dems would be Blue Dogs, which also makes sense given PA's proclivity for pr-lifers and Blue Dogs.

  •  Love the map, don't love the numbers (0+ / 0-)

    I'm in PA-07 and would love a return to a rep like Sestak. I just don't want be called PA-05 now.

    Love the map though!

  •  Not that clean (2+ / 0-)
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    Adam B, James Allen

    Bucks County is a pretty good size for a district and hasn't traditionally been split. Your PA-3 looks like a reasonable community of interest, but it's not a change that needs to be made.

    I also think you might have over-packed PA-2. It's possible to just about get 2 black-majority Philadelphia districts and whilst that might not be necessary, I'd argue that you can easily make PA-1 more than 27% black and probably should do so. Brady can handle it and you want a district that's black enough that it could give a good chance of electing somebody from that community after Brady moves on.

    Also, I'm not sure a 'fair' map would split Philadelphia - particularly since again it's minority areas that are most affected. Keeping Pittsburgh whole makes one seat Safe D and the other one Likely/Safe R, but it's nevertheless 'fairer'. What you've drawn feels too much like a partisan gerrymander to me, and by those grounds it ought to be more aggressive.

    Otherwise those districts look good to me. I particularly like PA-7, and PA-4 and PA-10 are quite neat too.

    •  Bucks County (0+ / 0-)

      I really was torn with what to do to Bucks.  I know my initial  self-imposed guide was county lines, but Lower Bucks/Lower Montgomery/Northeast Philly makes a lot of sense to me as a community of interest.  Central and Upper Bucks / Montgomery are more rural than their lower counterparts, and make more sense to me split that way.

      I think I carried that idea of 'communities of interest' throughout the city of Philadelphia as well.  The lower Northeastern wards have much more in common with the waterfront and South Philadelphia than they do the western part of the city.  Partly that demography, but that's also due to the challenges facing the city.  Gun violence is largely concentrated in the north and west, while the lower Northeast and to a lesser extent the south has problems with gentrification and petty drug dealing.

      One nifty thing you can also do is draw a district that runs up the Schuylkill River and grabs towns like Conshohocken, Norristown, Phoenixville, Pottstown and Spring City.  There are a million ways to dice up the Philly burbs.

  •  bring Holden back? (0+ / 0-)

    No thanks! A decent Democrat yes, but I'm not a fan.

    I like your map, but the next time we redistrict, expect PA to lose at least one seat based on population growth in the west (and perhaps the, abeit unlikely, addition of Puerto Rico to the union. Perhaps you could do a map based on that?

    One thing we should really begin to look at is the increasing political irrelevance of the northeast in the House of Representatives.

    pseudoscience can kill

    by terrypinder on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 05:01:08 AM PST

  •  Good luck getting this to ever happen (0+ / 0-)

    Our PA Republican are among the worst when it comes to being power hungry and nuts all at the same time!

    •  I like the idea (0+ / 0-)

      I simply can't imagine what it would take to muster the political will to radically change. Essentially any bargain on redistricting would have to leave both sides believing they will be better off in the long run.

      How strange, all I ever got from reading leftish blogs is suicide trolled in retailiation for not clapping loud enough.

      by Marcellus Shale on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 05:55:53 AM PST

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  •  Nice work (0+ / 0-)

    Really points out the difference between the ridiculous current map and one that's based more on, you know, MATH.  

    I like the way you split up Montco and Bucks - I'm in the "redneck end" of Allyson Schwartz's district.  Makes little to no sense to lump us in with the far NE - we're really very different communities.  

    SO - this goes a long way toward showing how silly what we've got is.  What's the path to real redistricting reform?  Yeah, I know, getting Harrisburg to do something OTHER than protect Harrisburg is quite the task.    Thoughts on that one?

    Alleluia, The great storm is over. Lift up your wings and fly. -Bob Franke

    by Austin in PA on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 06:10:43 AM PST

  •  Huntingdon not Huntington. (0+ / 0-)

    Otherwise, great diary. Clean districting is the way to go.

  •  Honestly, this seems like a soft Dem Gerrymander (1+ / 0-)
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    to me. No Court would split Pittsburg the way you did. You can argue that it's partisan balance is "fair," but I don't think any sort of court or non-partisan commission would draw this.

    •  Pittsburgh (0+ / 0-)

      I agree, a court wouldn't split it. More likely, it would draw one district with Pittsburgh and the eastern suburbs in Allegheny county, and another with western suburbs.

      SSP poster. 43, new CA-6, -0.25/-3.90

      by sacman701 on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 10:32:01 AM PST

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  •  I like it, a promising start ! (0+ / 0-)

    I hope you will continue to do more DKE diaries.

    Agree with the comments others have made re: Pittsburgh but I like this map.

    Town Planner, 30 years Old, Election Junkie, "If you agree with Bush's economic policy, Cheney's foreign policy, and Santorum's social policy, you loved Romney's speech" - James Carville (aka the Ragin Cajun) on the Colbert Report

    by CF of Aus on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 12:56:10 AM PST

    •  Re: Pittsburgh (1+ / 0-)
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      Fair enough.  I'm actually working on a Dem gerrymander of PA now, because funemployment is awesome like that.

      My favorite district currently is PA-12, which stretches from Pittsburgh through Johnstown and Altoona, and grabs most of urban Harrisburg.  :-)

      Hope to get that up in the coming days.

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