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Shenanigans Trump Politics In Texas Redistricting Fight

17 Aug

Supreme Court Steps In to Review Texas RedistrictingFive districts here, five districts over there – what does it matter?

Lawmakers made relatively small changes to the House maps that were used in the 2012 elections, but left the Senate and congressional maps just as they were. If the courts go along, that would mean incumbents seeking re-election would run next year in the same or essentially the same districts that elected them last year.

It has been a long, detailed and contentious process, and it is probably far from over. The short form of our story so far:

The 2010 census resulted in shifts in the distribution of congressional seats from states that lost population to states that grew. Texas gained four seats, for a total of 36.

Minority groups noted the state’s growth was fueled by their populations; 89 percent of the population growth in Texas from 2000 to 2010 came in minority groups, and 66 percent was in the Hispanic population.

The 2011 Legislature, with a Republican supermajority in the House and a near supermajority in the Senate, drew new maps for congressional and legislative elections that were immediately challenged by minority and Democratic plaintiffs as unrepresentative of the state’s population. Their cases were consolidated and sent to a panel of three federal judges in San Antonio.

At the same time, the state asked a different panel of federal judges in Washington, D.C., to pre-clear the maps — a requirement under the federal Voting Rights Act.

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The Start Of Another Rigged Election Season

7 Jan

So, here I am again at the start of another election season – that got a really early start last year – with no clear candidate I like. And, as in every contest since 1988, I have voted for the least evil, but still evil, candidate, not because a party nominee pressed all my issue buttons, but because I had to choose between two, perhaps three, party-stamped brands. Why do I bother running through the issues, reading the platforms, listening to the speeches…tell me where to vote and give me cash. Who’s willing to give me more for my vote? Why should I waste my time, you know, thinking.

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Keep Redistricting Simple

27 Oct

California’s byzantine Proposition 11 is a laudable fight against gerrymandering. Yet, open primaries just might be an easier reform. Or, perhaps, a committee of Buddhists taking a ruler and calculator to the state map and drawing square districts.

That’s too simple!

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