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A very important book! The layout of the book is a little lost in audio version, as most of it is broken down one state per chapter. In print I noticed my friends could pick a chapter based on state and read. Going straight through was a little repetitive at times, and it's super important to get to the last three chapters which capture the core learning of the writer. So if you get bored, skip to the last three chapters!
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Ratf**ked shows in stark detail how a shrinking political party manipulated district lines to ensure its long-term control of key US institutions. After the 2010 GOP mid-term wave, party lawmakers gerrymandered districts to cement their party's gains against future election losses. The abuse of redistricting is literally older than the republic, but here took place on a scale so far unseen in US politics. The GOP padlocked itself into statehouses from Florida to Alaska & into an almost unchallengeable House majority. In state after state, the 2014 elections showed that the majority could vote Democrat, but Republicans would still get most of the representatives. The bottom line is simple: voters must be the ones choosing their representatives; politicians should never be allowed to choose their voters, protect incumbency, skew election results, or doom opponents by manipulating district lines.
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