How Virginia Could Derail Trump's Agenda

How Virginia Could Derail Trump's Agenda
    RALPH NORTHAM'S VICTORY LAST NIGHT WASN'T THE EXTENT OF
    THE BEATINGS REPUBLICANS TOOK THERE.
    ALSO TOOK PLACE IN THE
    LEGISLATURE.AND I BELIEVE ONE
    MORE SEAT WENT TO THE DEMOCRATS SO THERE STILL IS NO GUARANTEE
    THAT THESE WENT ñ
    >>THAT IS MORE THAN TWO CENTURIES AGO.
    >> WHAT IS INTERESTING IS THAT WAS A BIG FLIP, BUT THERE
    IS STILL PERHAPS GOING TO BE A MINORITY EVEN THOUGH
    DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES OUTPERFORMED REPUBLICANS BY
    ABOUT 9.4 PERCENTAGE POINTS.
    IS SIGNIFICANT THAT WE ARE A COUNTRY OF 5152 TO 48.
    WHEN YOU WIN BY ALMOST 10 POINTS STATEWIDE YOU SORT OF
    EXPECT THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE CONTROL OF THAT STATE
    LEGISLATURE, BUT YOU DON'T AND A LOT OF STATES.
    AND THAT IS ONE OF THE THINGS WHERE REGARDLESS OF WHERE
    HE STANDS ON THE OTHER ISSUES MIGHT BE VERY SIGNIFICANT.
    PREVIOUSLY YOU HAD REPUBLICAN LEGISLATURES AND REPUBLICAN
    GOVERNORS TO SIGN ONTO THESE REDISTRICTING PLANS THAT
    ARE VERY OFTEN RACIST, DESIGNED TO SUPPRESS PEOPLE'S
    ABILITY TO INFLUENCE POLITICS.
    IT LOOKS LIKE THAT WON'T HAPPEN THIS NEXT TIME AROUND.
    BUT FOR ANYONE WHO SEEKS STATEWIDE FOR STATE
    LEGISLATURE AND ELECTION IN THE FUTURE IN VIRGINIA, YOU
    NEED TO HAVE FAIR MAPS IF YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A CHANCE
    THERE AND WAIT WE MIGHT ACTUALLY GET THAT IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.
    >> THEY SAY THE SUPREME COURT IS GOING TO DECIDE ON THIS
    GERRYMANDERING.
    >> THERE IS A CASE IN THE NEAR FUTURE IF THEY COULD
    RERAISE THIS.
    >> THOSE GUYS ARE FASCISTS.
    THEY DON'T GIVE A SHIT.
    IT IS WEIRD THAT THEY ARE DOING THAT, SO WHO KNOWS MAYBE WE
    WILL GET RID OF GERRYMANDERING.
    I KNOW IN CALIFORNIA DIDN'T ON OUTSOURCING TO DO A THING
    WHERE WE NOW HAVE TO DRAW THE DISTRICTS CORRECTLY?
    >> THAT SOUNDS FAMILIAR.
    THERE HAVE BEEN A FEW STATES WHERE THEY WILL EITHER HAVE
    TO TAKE A TEST FOR HOW FAIR THE MAP IS, THERE IS ALSO ñ
    I THINK IT ARIZONA THAT HAS AN INDEPENDENT COMMISSION.
    THE IDEA THAT YOU COULD ALLOW THE PARTY THAT CONTROLS THE
    STATE CURRENTLY TO CHOOSE WHAT THE MAP WILL BE FOR NEXT
    TIME, WHO THINKS THAT IS A GOOD IDEA OTHER THAN THOSE PEOPLE?
    IT IS LIKE A FOUNDATIONAL ISSUE LIKE MONEY AND POLITICS
    WHERE THESE SORTS OF ISSUES AFFECT THE OUTCOMES WE HAVE
    ON ALL OF THE OTHER MORE SPECIFIC ISSUES LIKE WILL
    WE BE ABLE TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE?
    IF YOU HAVE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE WINNING ELECTIONS BASED ON
    BIASED MAPS OR BECAUSE OF CORPORATE DONATIONS, THAT
    AFFECTS NOT JUST ONE TOPIC BUT ALL THE TOPICS.
    IF YOU CAN STOP THE GERRYMANDERING THAT HAS
    A
    RIPPLE EFFECT.
    CONSIDERING THE EXTENT OF THE GERRYMANDERING THAT IS
    EXTENSIVE.
    >> YOU MENTIONED THERE ARE SOME SILVER LININGS, ONE OF THE
    THINGS THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS DONE TO
    A LOT OF THE POPULISTS ñ THERE'S SOME PEOPLE THAT LIKE TO PRETEND
    THAT EVERYTHING IS HUNKY-DORY UNTIL TRUMP SHOWED UP.
    A LOT OF PEOPLE REALIZE THAT IS CERTAINLY NOT THE CASE, IT
    IS A BROKEN SYSTEM THAT LED US TO TRUMP.
    NOW PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT GERRYMANDERING MORE AND MORE.
    PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT A LOT OF THAT STUFF AND HOW ALL OF THE
    STUFF WHICH IS JUST CORRUPTION SHOULD HAVE BEGUN YEARS AGO.
    AND YOU ARE EVEN SEEING ALTERNATIVE VOTING METHODS
    ON THE BALLOT IN CERTAIN STATES.
    SO I THINK WE ARE RECOGNIZING THAT THIS DEMOCRACY WE NEED
    TO SPREAD EVERYWHERE ELSE.
    WE HAVEN'T REALLY MASTERED IT HERE AT ALL.
    WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO.
    >>YET WE HAVE A SORT OF POPULAR MYTH THAT THINGS ñ
    THE SYSTEM WAS FUCKED UP BUT IT MOSTLY WORKED FOR A COUPLE
    HUNDRED YEARS.
    IT WAS ALWAYS RIGS TO BENEFIT CERTAIN PEOPLE THAT WOULD
    ADVANTAGE CERTAIN OTHERS.
    AND IF YOU ARE A PARTICULAR SORT OF WHITE PERSON FOR A LONG
    TIME THAT MIGHT EVEN BE THE CASE, BUT FOR A LOT OF AMERICANS
    IT WAS NEVER TRUE AND PEOPLE SEEM TO BE REALIZING THAT.
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