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Monday, December 22, 2008

John Deeth Blog: Repositioning for redistricting: Beat Latham in '10, retire Boswell in '12

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

It's an unspoken truth of Iowa politics that we're losing a seat in Congress in the 2010 census. (As a blogger, it's my job to say rude, uncomfortable, yet true things). That sets up the ultimate in hardball politics, since five members don't go into four districts. As a partisan, I want to come out of the carnage with a 3-1 Democratic split. We can do it, but it's a two-cycle process: 1) Take out Tom Latham in 2010. 2) Get Leonard Boswell to retire in 2012. ... simple population math indicates there will be two eastern Iowa districts, a Polk County dominated seat, and a Republican western district. ... Leonard Boswell represents an urban-dominated district (by Iowa standards), yet he votes like he's still in his old rural state senate district. I want better, and I think better can win. ... Last time Iowa lost a seat, in 1991, the Legislature accepted a "fair fight" district that paired Jim Nussle and Dave Nagle. ... Let's say we get a fair fight district again in 2011. Odds are the members who'll get paired are the two who are geographically closest together: Latham and Boswell.

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