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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Quote of the Day
"'Courts ought not to enter this political thicket,' Justice Felix Frankfurter wrote 60 years ago. If he and the Warren Court's liberals are still in touch, Frankfurter must be saying, 'I told you so.' The one-person, one-vote decisions of the early 1960s have had the unintended consequence of enabling politicians to choose their voters rather than the other way around. Those decisions ended the gross malapportionment of congressional and legislative districts that had diluted the voting power of urban voters in much of the country. They also galvanized a national consensus that every vote should have equal weight... [But] requiring near-exact numerical equality made a hash of the traditional redistricting standards: city and county lines, compactness, contiguity, and the like. Those had been the only brakes on gerrymandering" -- legal analyst Stuart Taylor, writing at NationalJournal.com

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