How Voting Districts Dictate D.C. Partisanship

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Oct. 18 (Bloomberg) -- In today’s “This Matters Now,” Judd Gregg, CEO at Securities Industry & Financial Market Association, talks with Tom Keene about the way redistricting is behind the partisanship in Washington and the lack of compromise in Congress. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

That, he worries the same process, the ability to get anything done in washington, that's retired as well.

America must get its fiscal house in order.

We were just talking about this, i guess we can talk all day about it.

Let's get down to the key distinction between now and the 1980's where there was a perception we can get some thing done.

What happened?

The house became stratfied, the directs over 60% of the districts are now likely based on party.

So for those folks just to get elected have to win a pry mire.

And what the primary voter is is the most passionate member of the party.

And the one thing the primary voter will not tolerate is compromise.

So when they get to washington, they can't cross the aisle, they potentially lose the seat.

So the house is locked down.

Which means it has to come out of the senate.

The senate is capable of brip leadership.

You as i as kids ended up in salem, massachusetts, and it is gerrymandering.

Do you have an optimism overtime we can get back to a normal process?

Probably not.

Most of the state legislators either want to run for the district or be friends with the person in the district because they benefit from having that friendship.

So, unlikely that that's going to happen.

I know california put an initiative onto make it a less partisan process.

Washington state did it.

But it's unusual.

What's your scorecard on john boehner, on the show earlier this week, said he will come out of this a surprising winner?

How did the speaker do?

I think the speaker did extraordinarily well, because he at least kept us focused on the fact that we did need a deal, even if some of his membership wouldn't give him the votes to do a deal.

He understands fully that the issue, the issue here is the deficit and the debt.

It's not obama care, it's gets something done on the deficit and the deth.

10 seconds, you're a congressman in the house, would you run for senator again with what you've seen in washington?

I would have to say i might not.

I might not.

You might not.

As much as i love the senate and i love the folks i served with, the senates moves towards a house structure that doesn't have a type of open activities.

Judd gregg of new hampshire.

Coming up folks, steve cohen, well you may have to sell more than the warhols ?

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