The Fix: Name that district

Name that District contest winner: ‘Goofy kicking Donald Duck’

Name that District contest winner: ‘Goofy kicking Donald Duck’

Pennsylvania’s new 7th congressional district will henceforth be known as...

“Goofy kicking Donald Duck.”

The winner of our latest “Name that District” contest is Fix reader tmbjon, who came up with the above nickname for the tortured-looking district created for freshman Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Pa.).

Many of the entries suggested that the right half of the district looked as though it were kicking the left half, and many more suggested the right half of the district looked like Disney’s Goofy.

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Name that District contest: Pennsylvania’s 7th district

Freshman Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Pa.) should be quite a bit safer in his reelection bid, thanks to some very creative line-drawing by Pennsylvania Republicans.
(Courtesy of Daniel McGlone)

Meehan’s Delaware County-based 7th district, which is currently a relatively aesthetically pleasing blob just west of Philadelphia, turns into a Rorschach Test of a district under a redistricting proposal released last week that shores up Meehan and other Philadelphia-area Republicans.

The district zigs and zigs around the area now — only several hundred feet wide at certain points — bringing areas of five counties into a relatively small suburban district that now includes both areas close to Philadelphia and rural Lancaster County.

But what does it look like to you? We want to know!

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Name That District contest winner: ‘The Praying Mantis’

Earlier this week, we asked Fix readers to coin a nickname for the newly gerrymandered 3rd congressional district being proposed by Maryland Democrats as part of our ongoing “Name that District” contest.

And, despite lots of great entries, we think one stood head and shoulders about the rest: “The Praying Mantis.”

Our winner is Fix reader “pcbutterman,” who first submitted the name. If you are “pcbutterman,” please send your name, address and t-shirt size to chris (dot) cillizza (at) to claim your official Fix t-shirt.

Unfortunately (for this contest, at least), the “Praying Mantis” district may not last as black politicians led by Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) are fighting against the map.

But if the district looks anything like it does now when Maryland Democrats are done with it, it will heretofore be known as “The Praying Mantis!”

Thanks as always for your ideas and stay tuned for future “Name that District” competitions.


(Maryland Department of Planning)