Redrawn Mpls. ward map splits fragile minority coalition

  • Article by: MAYA RAO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 13, 2012 - 10:38 PM

East African, Latino groups worked to ensure redistricting would favor their political fortunes, but some Hispanics feel shortchanged.

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vins0010Mar. 14, 12 7:56 AM

gerrymandering is gerrymandering....and the construction of convoluted district/ward borders to cater to specific interests is just bad in a representative democracy. It is essentially trying to rig the vote. Ironically, it also serves to create barriers between different groups of people - as everyone tries to get a candidate like themselves. A good candidate and good citizens work to establish coalitions and communication across these boundaries. This leads to a healthy democracy - and all candidates (white,brown, whatever) will have to answer and work with constituents from all backgrounds. Otherwise, our democracy is just entrenched factions...and that doesn't work.

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danderson1966Mar. 15, 12 3:53 AM

Why isn't there a reference as Hispanic-Americans? Seems unfair since we now have Somali-Americans. Does this now make me Irish-American? I was always under the impresion we were all just Americans.

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mninminnMar. 15, 12 9:10 AM

Sounds like stacking to me. Fishy.

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