July 18, 2003
Back to the cities

I'm about to take off to a wedding, so I don't really have time to say much about this, but it looks like the current redistricting strategy in the Senate is to do more or less what the House did, which is divide up urban areas and South Texas. Why this is more palatable - or less likely to violate the Voting Rights Act - than what came from Phil King is unclear to me.

Here are the various newspaper accounts:

Houston Chronicle, which had a great chart that doesn't appear online that gave the number of people who testified for and against redistricting at each of the hearings. The story does note that 89% of the 2620 people were against it.

Austin American-Statesman

Dallas Morning News

San Antonio Express-News

Fort Worth Star Telegram, which has the one thing that I want to quote:

In a news conference Thursday, Dewhurst attempted to cast the debate as a referendum on President Bush's popularity in his home state.

"It's kind of hard to argue the fact that the majority of voters here in the state of Texas support President George W. Bush and his policies and the majority of our congressional delegation do not," Dewhurst told reporters.

When it was pointed out that at least five Texas Democrats who represent Republican districts were easily re-elected in November, when Bush's popularity at home was sky-high, Dewhurst tersely replied: "Next question?"

Good answer, Dave. Exactly what I'd expect.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on July 18, 2003 to Killer D's | TrackBack

The obvious answer is that, better the home team than relying on the guy from the other team who's helping fill out a lineup so you can just go have a game. Give me a Reep any day.

Posted by: Scott Chaffin on July 18, 2003 5:34 PM

That's Reep as in "Reepulsive" -- What is going on in Texas is fascist thuggery not democracy in action. Dewhurst's tacit concession of his inability to give a straight answer to a direct question of how he could explain why people who voted for Republicans every time voted for these Democrats should tell the public that the Delay-Rove-Dewhurst Perrymander is morally bankrupt!

Posted by: truthteller on July 19, 2003 11:42 PM