I have argued repeatedly — in December 2017, September 2017, July 2015, October 2014, September 2014, January 2014, and February 2013, that redistricting is less important in securing Republican congressional and legislative majorities than demographic clustering — the fact that Democratic voters are increasingly concentrated in black, Hispanic, gentry liberal and university areas. That’s because Democrats’ huge majorities in districts dominated by such voters do nothing to elect Democrats in the remaining districts.

A party with clustered constituencies is inevitably disadvantaged by a system of equal-population legislative districts. That conclusion is confirmed by the research of political scientists Jowei Chen (University of Michigan) and Jonathan Rodden (Stanford), as reported in the New York Times in 2014, and it was confirmed once again last week by the work of David Wasserman and three colleagues at FiveThirtyEight in their Atlas of Redistricting.

Democrat voters are clustered in relatively small geographical areas because those voters who the Democrats most actively pursue – blacks, Hispanics, college educated women – tend to cluster in small geographic areas – primarily urban areas.

“I assure you: When you [Peter] were young, you would tie your belt and walk wherever you wanted. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will tie you and carry you where you don’t want to go.” He said this to signify by what kind of death he would glorify God . After saying this, He told him, “Follow Me!”  (John 21:18-19 HCSB)

Yes, in life we glorify God in many ways. Perhaps the most powerful way is in the things we say in do in the last moments of life. Peter in the last moments of his life would indeed glorify God. In old age Peter was tied to a cross and had his hands stretched out (cf. 1 Clement 5:4; 6:1; Eusebius The Ecclesiastical History 2. 25).

How did his death bring glory to God?  It affirmed the truth of the message he had been proclaiming. Had Peter, when the chips were down and the stakes were high, recanted his faith so that he could live; no one would have blamed him. But, it would have said something about the truth of the message he had spent his life proclaiming.

A Southern California mother who lost her son to suicide has chronicled her struggle with the loss in the hopes of helping others. (KABC)

I have argued repeatedly — in December 2017, September 2017, July 2015, October 2014, September 2014, January 2014, and February 2013, that redistricting is less important in securing Republican congressional and legislative majorities than demographic clustering — the fact that Democratic voters are increasingly concentrated in black, Hispanic, gentry liberal and university areas. That’s because Democrats’ huge majorities in districts dominated by such voters do nothing to elect Democrats in the remaining districts.

A party with clustered constituencies is inevitably disadvantaged by a system of equal-population legislative districts. That conclusion is confirmed by the research of political scientists Jowei Chen (University of Michigan) and Jonathan Rodden (Stanford), as reported in the New York Times in 2014, and it was confirmed once again last week by the work of David Wasserman and three colleagues at FiveThirtyEight in their Atlas of Redistricting.

Democrat voters are clustered in relatively small geographical areas because those voters who the Democrats most actively pursue – blacks, Hispanics, college educated women – tend to cluster in small geographic areas – primarily urban areas.

I have argued repeatedly — in December 2017, September 2017, July 2015, October 2014, September 2014, January 2014, and February 2013, that redistricting is less important in securing Republican congressional and legislative majorities than demographic clustering — the fact that Democratic voters are increasingly concentrated in black, Hispanic, gentry liberal and university areas. That’s because Democrats’ huge majorities in districts dominated by such voters do nothing to elect Democrats in the remaining districts.

A party with clustered constituencies is inevitably disadvantaged by a system of equal-population legislative districts. That conclusion is confirmed by the research of political scientists Jowei Chen (University of Michigan) and Jonathan Rodden (Stanford), as reported in the New York Times in 2014, and it was confirmed once again last week by the work of David Wasserman and three colleagues at FiveThirtyEight in their Atlas of Redistricting.

Democrat voters are clustered in relatively small geographical areas because those voters who the Democrats most actively pursue – blacks, Hispanics, college educated women – tend to cluster in small geographic areas – primarily urban areas.

“I assure you: When you [Peter] were young, you would tie your belt and walk wherever you wanted. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will tie you and carry you where you don’t want to go.” He said this to signify by what kind of death he would glorify God . After saying this, He told him, “Follow Me!”  (John 21:18-19 HCSB)

Yes, in life we glorify God in many ways. Perhaps the most powerful way is in the things we say in do in the last moments of life. Peter in the last moments of his life would indeed glorify God. In old age Peter was tied to a cross and had his hands stretched out (cf. 1 Clement 5:4; 6:1; Eusebius The Ecclesiastical History 2. 25).

How did his death bring glory to God?  It affirmed the truth of the message he had been proclaiming. Had Peter, when the chips were down and the stakes were high, recanted his faith so that he could live; no one would have blamed him. But, it would have said something about the truth of the message he had spent his life proclaiming.

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