How not to rebut: The many, many ways that Kelli Lundgren gets it wrong

Last month, I took State Senator Jim Dabakis to task over the tired “Utah is gerrymandered” trope that he continues to perpetuate. Today a former chair of RepresentMeUtah, Kelli Lundgren, attempted to call me out as being completely wrong. At least, I assume she did. She linked to my piece but refers to a “Jesse Feller”, someone I’ve never heard of. If only the sloppy attempt at rebuttal ended at directing the argument at the wrong person. One of the most common problems in the piece is a refusal to…

In Defense of Gerrymandering

I will readily admit that Kelli Lundgren is better informed about the re-districting process carried out by the state legislature after the 2010 census than I am. She could hardly be less, since I paid it no attention whatever. I’m also willing to agree that the legislature practiced “gerrymandering,” because, as I tell my students, gerrymandering is what your political opponents do (and what you would do if you were in power). So let’s assume arguendo, that the districts in the state of Utah (and in every other state, including…

Why is Sen Dabakis perpetuating the obvious gerrymandering lie?

Never let the truth get in the way of a good story. – Mark Twain Gerrymandering is a pretty good story. In it, the evil Republican legislature crammed a proposal down the throat of Utah voters to disenfranchise them from voting for the Democrats who they really wanted in office in the first place. As a professional bomb-thrower, Utah State Senator Jim Dabakis is all too eager to keep on repeating the story as it gets handed down from session to session. I mean, it’s a lot easier than saying…