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State lawmakers set to redraw US House map

By Peter Schworm
Globe Staff / October 23, 2011

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Ever since 1812, legislators have paid dutiful tribute to Gerry and his allies with elaborate schemes designed to protect partisans and punish rivals. Today, the state’s configuration of Congressional districts is a tortuous mess, a frenetic zigzag that splits school systems, somehow trisects Wellesley, Weston and Wayland, and improbably threads a needle to connect Brookline and Buzzards Bay. Now, the politically fraught task of carving up the Commonwealth is again before state lawmakers, who are reportedly considering a range of plans that could substantially revise the Congressional districts.

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