Damage Is Done, How Do We Move Forward?
OK. Full nights sleep and a clear head.
The damage is done. Trump is POTUS come January 20th 2017.
What we need to do is limit the damage and we can do that by organizing and voting in the mid terms.
In 2018, the entire House of Representatives is up for reelection and 1/3 of the Senate. Unfortunately we are defending 23 Democratic seats (+ 2 Independents that Caucus with D’s) yet there are only 8 Republican seats up for grabs. (source)
And looking forward to 2020 the work has to be done NOW at the state level to regain a sense of balance or control in the Legislatures and Governorships across the country.
It’s important to do this now because following the US Census in 2020 the state legislatures in 32 states will be in charge of redistricting the electoral district boundaries. This redistricting process is where gerrymandering takes place.
Here is how that plays out in reality:
There are 31 States controlled by Republican Governors, 18 by Democrats and 1 Independent. (source)
Also, there are 31 Republican-controlled legislatures, 11 Democratic-controlled legislatures, and 8 are split. (source)
If either of those maps look familiar to you, that’s not a coincidence. With few exceptions it mirrors the 2016 Electoral College map. (source)
This page was sparked by the series of tweets below by @allanbrauer