By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | A visitor argued during breakfast this week about how politics could change dramatically in the South if progressive politicians spread messages of economic populism to communicate how the current system is stacked against them.
Won’t work, I explained, until South Carolina and neighboring states deal with the scourge of gerrymandering — the intentional manipulation of electoral district lines for political advantage.
Gerrymandering is a term coined from the name of a Massachusetts governor who signed a bill that reshaped electoral districts to help his party. His last name was Gerry. One of the odd districts was so oddly-shaped that it looked like a salamander.