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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

They were happy enough to pose in The Rose Garden after the vote: home, not so much




New York congressman Sean Patrick O'Malley made good on his promise to trot next door for a town meeting of the constituents of New York congressman John Faso, who is reluctant to face them after his vote to repeal Obamacare and replace it with #DontCare:



That would be harder for Democrats in North Carolina- helping out their stay-at-home Republican colleagues.

It's a hitherto unappreciated advantage of gerrymandering: with only 50% of North Carolina's votes, the GOP has drawn the lines to get ten of thirteen seats in Congress (last year, when the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the old districts as racist, Senator Bob Rucho redrew them to give the GOP a structural, rather than a voter-suppression-based, way to win seats they wouldn't in a fair system.

The result is that if NC Democratic congressmen have to cover their majority colleagues, the three- Alma Adams, G.K. Butterfield and David Price- would have to take on four and a fraction each.

It's worse, as is usually the case, in South Carolina: Congressman James Clyburn is the only Democrat of six.

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