'We're a joke': Life in the nation's most gerrymandered district

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Rather than seeing the number of deaths accelerate by 50 percent, as Montgomery had last year at this time, 2017’s mid-point total shows a slight yet significant 4 percent decrease.

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'We're a joke': Life in the nation's most gerrymandered district

“I just think it’s crazy; there’s no other name for it,” said Val Arkoosh, who chairs the powerful Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. Whenever a major issue requiring congressional action arises, Arkoosh’s staff has to coordinate with five separate offices on Capitol Hill because the county is split among five districts. 

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With less local news coverage, who'll keep an eye on government officials?

“Not too long ago, the press room in our courthouse had, on any given day, 12 to 16 reporters filing stories every day. Today that number is two,” says Commissioner Val Arkoosh of the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown.

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