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Funny Business with Texas Redistricting- Repubs KNEW they were violating the VRA

15 August 2011 at 10:14:40 PM

San Antonio Express

The more than 400 pages of emails they sent between October 2010 and June show key staffers for Texas House Speaker Joe Straus and U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, who was chosen by the Texas congressional delegation to be their point person on redistricting, were in frequent contact — swapping map proposals, news stories and questions about the law via email.

“What this shows is an ongoing, months-long effort in which the Republican congressional delegation was working hand in glove with the Republican leadership in Austin to draw districts that protected and expanded Republican control,” said Matt Angle, a longtime Democratic consultant who helped to organize one of the redistricting lawsuits currently pending in federal court in San Antonio.

“They were aware and sensitive to the fact that they were likely to violate the Voting Rights Act and were warning each other not to put in writing what they were clearly saying to each other,” he said.

Our Texas State rep, Sid Miller has already said publicly that a US congressional district was done FOR him. So far, Michael Williams of Arlington is running in it.

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1 - pstern   15 Aug 2011 @ 10:29:42 PM 

Of course they knew what they were doing.  They do it every few years.  Look at how it all was manipulated and then Tom "the Hammer" DeLay flew in from D.C. to run to the Capitol in Austin and redraw the map how he and his backers wanted it.

I believe redistricting should NOT be prepared by ANY legislators or political parties.  It should be done by independent researchers, which are harder to find these days because almost every one seems to be bought by various special interests.  But I still believe politicians should have no part in drawing and selecting the maps.

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2 - salon   16 Aug 2011 @ 9:39:12 AM 

With you 100 percent. What was surprising to me in the first place is that Sid Miller admitted that the district was done for him, and second, glad to see that open records requests are being used to find the unscrupulous things Texas Republicans (in this case) are doing.

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