Slicing up liberal cities becomes go-to redistricting strategy

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As Democrats and Republicans duel over redistricting, line-drawers in more states are carving cities into multiple districts for political gain. Republican lawmakers in conservative states have long sliced left-leaning college towns, such as Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; and Athens, Georgia, into pieces. Then they combine those smaller chunks with conservative areas to produce mostly Republican congressional districts. Now, as booming economies attract more Democratic newcomers to cities such as Louisville, Nashville and Omaha, GOP lawmakers in Kentucky, Tennessee and Nebraska are mulling the…

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