If the New proposed map were to be approved as is:
Hardin County would be put in a district with our northern Rural Texas Counties and would most likely be represented by Conservative Republican James White from Tyler County.
Orange County would be put in a district with Jefferson County and Conservative Republican Mike Hamilton would have to face off against Newly turned Moderate Republican Allan Ritter.
Jefferson County's Liberal to Moderate Democrat Joe Deshotel would have pretty much the same district with the exception that he will be gaining Beaumont's Conservative west end. I bet the conservative West Side of Beaumont will probably not be thrilled and will want to run someone against Joe Deshotel, but will have to go against the Democrat Stronghold in Port Arthur to do it.
see full story below and click on map below to see how your County is changed in the new proposed map:
Texas House Redistricting Committee Releases Proposed Map for Texas House of Representatives – See New Map Here!
State Rep. Burt Solomons, Chairman of the Texas House Redistricting Committee, has been working hard on drawing up the new lines for the Texas House of Representatives.
Well his committee’s new proposed map is finally out.
See for yourself how your district will be changed if this proposed map is approved:
Go to http://gis1.tlc.state.tx.us/ then use the drop down menu in the upper left-hand side marked "Select Plans" to bring up a pop-up window titled "Select Base Plan". From that window, scroll down to see the proposed map titled "PLANH113 - Rep. Solomons Statewide House Proposal".
So what do you think about the new map? It is probably too soon to really understand the new map but as the days go by I am sure we will get lots of comments for and against the new map.
The proposed map has only been out for a few hours and we have already had some comments about it. Here is what some people are saying about the new proposed map:
One blogger says House redistricting map would carve new minority district out of southeast Arlington
Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri supports the proposed map and, among other things, had this to say about the proposed map:
“…the map pairs seven sets of Republicans. While this is not an ideal situation for either our party or the elected representatives who are paired, I am convinced that because of the changes in population that it is impossible to draw a new map that maintains a Republican majority and at the same time is legal and fair, without such pairings”