Opening Act: Brad Miller

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Jan. 27 2012 8:15 AM

Opening Act: Brad Miller

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- I'm sad to see Rep. Brad Miller, a smart liberal who was awfully good on banking issues, retiring due to North Carolina's hyper-partisan redistricting. (Disclosure: Miller and I were on the same, victorious trivia team once in 2011.) The redistrict is designed to turn North Carolina, a 50-50 state in the last presidential election, into one that sends a 10-3 GOP-Democrat delegation to Congress.

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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.