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The Daily Countable: Regulating Make-Up... and, Can We Solve Gerrymandering?

by Countable | 3.2.18

Happy Friday, folks. Thanks for joining us this week.

In his 2016 State of the Union Address, Barack Obama urged lawmakers “to change the system to reflect our better selves” in order to create “a better politics.” Obama’s top suggestion? “We have to end the practice of drawing our congressional districts so that politicians can pick their voters, and not the other way around.”

Gerrymandering.

We here at Countable have been talking for a long time about the problem of partisan gerrymanders. Whether it’s Republicans in Pennsylvania or Democrats in Maryland, it subverts democracy.

So, how do we un-subvert it? Well, there’s a host of possible fixes. Check them out in our article: “So Many Possible Partisan Gerrymander Fixes, So Little Time.”

On the Radar

  • Actually, this one is more "Off the Bullseye"—the list of retailers enacting gun control measures is growing. First it was Dick’s, then Walmart, and now Kroger. Read their reasons for disarmament here.

  • Last week, Countable asked "Should Teachers be Allowed to Carry Guns in Schools?" This week, we're bringing you the responses.

Under the Radar

Federal regulations on cosmetics are getting a makeover. Senators on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions are spearheading an effort to enact regulations concerning the cosmetics and personal care industry for the first time since 1938. Consumer groups have pushed for greater regulations on ingredients and labeling for years, but now the industry - suffering from brand perception that large companies push unsafe products on the public - are getting behind the effort. Read all about it here.

Action Center Action

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Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC, NC & FL

  • The president and First Lady will depart DC for Charlotte, NC to attend Rev. Billy Graham's funeral,
  • They will then travel to Mar-a-Lago, FL.

The House of Representatives: Out

  • The House will return Monday, March 5.

The Senate: Out

  • The Senate will return Monday, March 5.

Next Week's Preview

  • The Senate will vote Monday on the confirmation of three district court judges, before considering a bill related to community bank regulations later in the week.
  • The House will consider bills related to emission standards -- including those for home heating devices, electricity generators that use coal refuse, and ceramics manufacturers.

But Wait! There's More!

And, in the End…

It's been great having you with us this week. We appreciate your insightful comments and thank you, on behalf of democracy, for Taking Action with your lawmakers. You're what the Founding Fathers (and Mothers) had in mind when they started this crazy experiment.

—Josh Herman

Talk to Managing Editor Andrea Seabrook via email, andrea [at] countable.us, or on twitter, @RadioBabe. And don’t forget to keep in touch @Countable.

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  • Phillip
    03/02/2018
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    Gerrymandering will be the end of our democracy as we know it. In my opinion

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  • Robert
    03/02/2018
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    Rigging the game does not make for fair elections or a free democracy. This government is supposed to be of the people and for the people, not for the political party. Please can we just go back to being America?? It’s time to stop the nonsense before we become the next Third World country.

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  • Nancy
    03/02/2018
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    Gerrymandering is a problem. Politicians shouldn’t choose their voters. Districts shouldn’t be shaped like an animal or like a letter in the alphabet. Use natural boundaries and shape districts like rectangles and squares.

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  • Dennis
    03/02/2018
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    So Georgia is a “business friendly” state only if you give discounts to members of the NRA? Since when does our government mandate private or public companies to give discounts to any specific group of people? Are they now going to mandate discounts for members of the KKK? A Nazi is running as a Republican in Illinois so do they want a discount for them? I do not believe all members of the NRA are members of these two groups, but my point is that government should not be mandating discounts.

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  • Tracy
    03/02/2018
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    Politicians shouldn’t choose their voters. Gerrymandering is a problem. Districts shouldn’t be shaped like an animal or like a letter in the alphabet. Technology should enable us to no longer have an all or nothing electoral college either. The overall system including gerrymandering voting districts, electoral college, and perhaps most importantly the Russian interference needs to be fixed! Starting with the Russian interference! Do something and let a non partisan committee redraw the districts to be representative of the people.

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  • Matt
    03/02/2018
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    So congress is getting back in session just as the DACA kids are getting deported. It’s disgusting that they’re not working overtime to save these kids from getting deported.

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  • Lonesomelight
    03/02/2018
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    If you, my representative, truly care about having anything even remotely resembling democracy, then your NUMBER ONE priority will be to remove the systems that are destroying it. Then and ONLY then can we move forward. The four main factors are: 1. gerrymandering; work towards legislation that bans partisan gerrymandering as unconstitutional. 2. Electoral college; we do not have a true democracy as long as voting power is so lopsided, inaccurate, and easily manipulated. Work tirelessly to overturn it for fair and accurate voting. 3. Campaign finance; without public campaign finance, officials are beholden to powerful special interests and lobbyists before they even move into office. Remove money from the equation! 4. Voting rights; voter disenfranchisement is growing at horrifying rates. The right and ease to vote must be aggressively protected. Make elections a holiday and on a weekend.

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  • David
    03/02/2018
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    Gerrymandering is the process of creating voting districts of like-minded people who can be served by like-minded representatives. This reduces the number of people who are not well represented within a voting district.

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  • aJschanfield
    03/02/2018
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    The only way to end gerrymandering is to abolish the electoral system. Congress can do this. The question is, would they want to give up on cheating? Is there a fear of fairness? The electorate was created for the times of slavery and is inappropriate today. One person, one vote is how we move forward. Every vote for a candidate should count. District lines can be drawn based on population only, leaving party, race, etc. out of the mix.

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  • SneakyPete
    03/02/2018
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    Gerrymandering —- Will It ever cease? It’s my opinion that Gerrymandering is going to be with us as long as there are Democrats and Republicans controlling their states political machines. BOTH political parties will continue using Gerrymandering as a means of retaining control of voters who’d favor their agenda,

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  • Dave
    03/02/2018
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    The truth will set you free, but may not for others. It is easier to remember the truth, then a lie. Is that why Trump is all over the map in his statements?

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  • Don
    03/02/2018
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    First of all, popular vote should decide elections! That’s called Democracy! If the Electoral College stays in place, numbers/mathematics should decide zones, not politics!!

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  • Dave
    03/02/2018
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    Looks like Mueller is draining the swap!

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  • Bruno
    03/02/2018
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    Democracy in action... not about power/control but governing the people according to the constitution.

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  • Adam
    03/02/2018
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    Look in the mirror my dear representatives and ask yourself this about gerrymandering... "If I have to cheat to win, is it possible there is something wrong with my politics?" Think.

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  • Eileen
    03/02/2018
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    Yes we can solve gerrymandering! It’s called citizen control by population! Geez you guys need to see Betsy DeVos for some more unequal education!

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  • Mathew
    03/02/2018
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    Yeah get rid of it.

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  • James
    03/02/2018
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    It’s funny how people hate gerrymandering when their party seems to lose elections but when their party is winning gerrymandering is just part of the process.

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  • Brenda
    03/02/2018
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    Get rid of gerrymandering! Fair elections are the cornerstones of our democracy.

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  • Shari
    03/04/2018
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    Gerrymandering needs to be eliminated in order to live up to the constitution. If the founding fathers saw what abuses are going on today they would be rolling in their graves. Just because they didn’t foresee the level of changes we have made doesn’t mean we should not be true to the ethics and spirit of the constitution they wrote. The 115th congress is disgraceful!

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