Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count

Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesn't Count

by David Daley

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David Daley’s “extraordinarily timely” (New York Times Book Review) account uncovers the fundamental rigging of our House of Representatives and state legislatures nationwide.

Lauded as a “compelling” (The New Yorker) and “eye-opening tour of a process that many Americans never see” (Washington Post), David Daley’s Ratf**ked documents the effort of Republican legislators and political operatives to hack American democracy through an audacious redistricting plan called REDMAP. Since the revolutionary election of Barack Obama, a group of GOP strategists has devised a way to flood state races with a gold rush of dark money, made possible by Citizens United, in order to completely reshape Congress—and our democracy itself. “Sobering and convincing” (New York Review of Books), Ratf**ked shows how this program has radically altered America’s electoral map and created a firewall in the House, insulating the Republican party and its wealthy donors from popular democracy. While exhausted voters recover from a grueling presidential election, a new Afterword from the author explores the latest intense efforts by both parties, who are already preparing for the next redistricting cycle in 2020.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631491634
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 87,711
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

David Daley is the author of Ratf**ked. His journalism has appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Slate, the Washington Post, and New York magazine. He is a senior fellow at FairVote, the former editor of Salon, and lives in Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 The Mastermind: "It Will Take Years to Recover" 1

Chapter 2 Pennsylvania: "So This Wasn't a Personal Attack" 17

Chapter 3 North Carolina: Truly Space-Age Software 33

Chapter 4 Maptitude: "Donald Duck Kicking Goofy" 51

Chapter 5 Michigan: A Garbage Dump Is the Cherry on Top 61

Chapter 6 Ohio: "A Small Carve Out Down 77 in Canton" 83

Chapter 7 Democrats: "They Just Whistled Past the Graveyard" 98

Chapter 8 Florida: "Tampa Is Far from Perfect" 130

Chapter 9 Wisconsin: "They Put My District in a Woodchipper" 136

Chapter 10 Iowa: The Redistricting Unicorn 148

Chapter 11 Arizona: "You Can't Get Any More Partisan Than This" 160

Chapter 12 A Theorem to Detect Ratfucking 181

Coda 201

Notes 223

Acknowledgments 241

Index 247

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