Squaring a salamander

"Squaring a salamander" Continued...

Issue: "Autumn books," Oct. 7, 2006

One result is that politics remains a lively game in the Hawkeye state. Four out of Iowa's five congressional districts are considered to be highly competitive between the two major parties. Only one-the far west 5th District held by conservative Republican Steve King-is considered a "safe" district.

Does anybody miss the gerrymandering days? "Not the voters, for sure," says Cook. "And not the politicians either. Gridlock is gone. We've all got more important things to do than to make ourselves look foolish with strange-looking maps."

Joel Belz
Joel Belz

Joel, WORLD's founder, writes a regular column for the magazine and contributes commentaries for The World and Everything in It. He is also the author of Consider These Things.


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