In this week's print edition, I have an article on redistricting:

WHEN carving, Plato said, one should be aware of the natural joints. It is a sound principle, but one that American politicians often forget when it is time to redraw the electoral map. “There’s no question that the redistricting process is one of the most partisan things that happens in a legislative body,” says Joaquin Castro, a Democratic state representative from San Antonio who is now running for Congress. He should know. In 2003 he was among more than 50 Democratic legislators who escaped to Oklahoma in an effort to block a Republican-led redistricting map. The revolt failed, and the following year the Republicans picked up six additional seats in the state’s congressional delegation...
 



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