Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Fact of the Day: Elbridge Politics

When Vice President Elbridge Gerry was Governor of Massachusetts, he signed a bill which drew up new voting-districts which were intentionally designed to help his political party keep power without changing the mind of a single voter. One oddly shaped district looked like a salamander, which was nicknamed "gerrymander". The partisan process became known as gerrymandering where the term is still used today. 

16 comments:

  1. We use the phase, it has travelled well!

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  2. Thank you for your kind birthday wishes Adam! I really appreciate them!

    xxx
    E from Helsinki, Finland
    http://dragonflyelisabeth.blogspot.fi/

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  3. I can't stand this practice. I cannot believe state legislatures get away with this!!

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  4. Weasel politicians: a tradition since the founding.

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  5. And they're still at it today, the bastards.

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  6. Sneaky indeed, expect nothing less

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  7. I have never heard about this man. Interesting question.Kisses:)

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  8. Gerrymandering is how the Republicans keep control of the House.

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  9. Clever but...unmoral?

    Best,
    -Kati

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