Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Texas Legislature Finally Releases New Proposed Congressional Districts – Tell us What You Think!

See The Map by Clicking Here, and also leave us a comment letting us know what you think

http://gis1.tlc.state.tx.us/?PlanHeader=PLANC125


Texas Legislators waited till after the Regular Session to release the new proposed Texas Congressional Map. Now we finally get to see it.

Governor Rick Perry will have to put it on the Special Session Agenda it is going to be voted on by the Texas Legislature.

Texas gets FOUR new Congressional Districts. Based on this proposed map, TWO of the new districts will go to the Democrats and TWO will go to Republicans. Does that seem fair considering that Republicans hold over 100 of the 150 State Representative Seats? Obviously there are far more Republicans in Texas and the seats should reflect the desire of the voters of Texas and not just a down the middle split. Some may say that the new districts have to go to minority areas, but that is not only discriminatory but it is also a false thought that minorities can only be represented by another minority (click here)[1], or even that minorities are not conservative in their beliefs (click here).[2] Or you could just ask one of the many African American or Hispanic Republican, conservative leaders, like my friend State Rep James White (African American) or Dianne Costa for Congress (Hispanic)

My city of Lumberton, in East Texas, gets split in two by our old District, with Kevin Brady, and a new District. The new district looks strange (they always do because of differences in population) but it leans Republican so I can’t complain about that.

Besides my displeasure with Republicans splitting the new districts with Democrats, and my pleasure with getting a new Republican District in East Texas, I do not have an overall opinion of the map yet until I hear more info about it.

What do ya’ll think? Is it good for you? Is it bad for you?


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[1] http://texasgopvote.com/hispanic-group-sues-texas-over-redistricting-and-absurdly-alleges-race-only-reason-002732

[2] http://texasgopvote.com/blog/nadler-thesis-03094

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