View Full Version : Texas-Redistricting

10-11-2003, 12:36 AM
The Texas House passed the measure during the day, and the state Senate was poised to do the same last night. Republicans control both bodies. According to both Democrats and Republicans, the plan, if it survives a legal challenge by the Democrats, could give the GOP a gain of seven or more congressional seats, virtually assuring the party's continued control of the House at least through this decade.

The analysis of the plan, written by the legislative counsel to U.S. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.), provides a rare public glimpse into the inner workings of the congressional redistricting process, which both political parties use to advance their own cause and hurt the opposition.

In the case of the Texas GOP plan, the analysis described how steps were taken to try to protect the plan from legal challenge under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, but also how minority voters would be shifted into Republican-dominated suburban districts and how a new district in West Texas was crafted to meet the aspirations of a friend of President Bush.

"This is the most aggressive map I have ever seen," Joby Fortson wrote in the analysis, which he e-mailed to congressional aides. "This has a real national impact that should assure that Republicans keep the House no matter the national mood."

Fortson predicted that Texas Republicans would pick up six to seven new House seats in next year's congressional elections if the plan withstands the expected legal challenge by Democrats. His analysis tracks closely with an analysis by the staff of U.S. Rep. Martin Frost (D-Tex.), which said the new district lines would endanger the reelection chances of at least seven Democratic incumbents.

It is not known whether Fortson played any role in drafting the redistricting plan, but his views about its probable impact closely parallel those of Democratic and independent political analysts.

Referring to new districts that would stretch from around the state capital of Austin to the border with Mexico, Fortson said they were "part of the voting rights protection element" in the plan. The districts are designed to be dominated by minority voters even as Republicans would make gains elsewhere.

Fortson appeared to take special delight in writing about what he predicted would be the fate of two Texas Democrats, Frost and Rep. Lloyd Doggett. "Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha . . .," he wrote before describing how the plan would affect their districts.

<hr /></blockquote> Washington Post.

You got to laugh.


10-11-2003, 10:50 AM
You got to laugh.
<hr /></blockquote> Finally you see the light. We have been laughing at you ever since you tripped into the site.


10-11-2003, 11:50 AM

It's called gerrymandering. The Democrats do it too. It's nothing new. It's been going on for 200 years. It's one of the advantages of controlling the legislature.

Next question please.

Your helpful friend Wally in the Natti