DAY 6 – DISTRICTING
IN THE HOUSE
July 3, 2013
Fill out survey on which state you prefer to study
in your legislative portfolio.
Current Events Essay #1 due on TUESDAY.
Look over rubric and sample essay in Assignments
Check with me if you have questions about the article
Article should focus on topics we‟ve covered in the
Concepts of Representation and Responsiveness
Results If Plan Were Adopted
Pennsylvania Breakdown - http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/President/2012/PA
maximizes seats for
one party or voting
Before VRA, “blacks were systematically
„packed‟ into or „cracked‟ across congressional
districts to weaken their influence” (DOL p.53)
What are the pros and cons of majority-
How have the courts ruled?
Abramowitz et al. (2006)
explain the decline
of competition in
U.S. House races
A shift in the
of House districts.
But most of the
change is occurring
Decline in ability of
NOTE: Challengers classified as financially
competitive if they accounted for at least 40 percent of
combined challenger and incumbent spending. High-
risk districts are those in which vote percentage of vote
for presidential candidate of incumbent‟s party is less
than national percentage.