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  Brady's bunch now has fewer blacks
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Last EditedScottĀ³  Jan 16, 2012 05:39pm
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MediaNewspaper - Philadelphia Inquirer
News DateMonday, January 16, 2012 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0
Description"BOB BRADY, member of the U.S. House and chairman of the Democratic City Committee, says he was making the best of a situation over which he had little control.

It turned out well for Brady.

The state General Assembly redraws the lines for state and federal legislative districts every 10 years, based on the latest census.

With Republicans in control of both houses of the General Assembly and the governor's office, many Democrats felt pushed around in the remapping approved last month.

But Brady told state House members from Philadelphia to consider supporting the plan.

One result? Brady's district saw the biggest shift in racial demographics of any of the state's 18 congressional districts. His got a whole lot whiter and a whole lot safer for a white incumbent.

Brady's district gained 15 percent in white residents while decreasing by 12.5 percent in African-American residents and 4 percent in Hispanics.

The district Brady has represented since 1998 was pushed east in the city, away from the neighborhoods of Ogontz, Logan and Olney that cluster around North Broad Street and toward the neighborhoods that stretch along the Delaware River from Port Richmond to Holmesburg."
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