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 Congressand 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.
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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
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 32
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" 120
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" 180
Chapter 12 A Theorem to Detect Ratfucking 181