Here We Go Again: Republicans Attempt To Gerrymander Texas

It’s an old story. Convicted money-launderer Tom DeLay (case still on appeal) more or less got away with it in a mid-cycle redistricting early in the decade. Just a couple of days ago, the Texas Democratic Party accused State Rep. Aaron Peña (R) of lying to the Texas House about his personal involvement in reshaping his own district in this cycle’s redistricting. And now, at long last, the DoJ says the latest Texas redistricting plan, passed by the highly Republican Legislature and signed by Rick Perry, violates the Voting Rights Act by effectively diluting the voting power of the growing Latino population in Texas, whom Republicans see as brown people likely Democratic voters.

You may see this as all local politics. I’ll try to forgive your ignorance if that’s what you believe. But apart from the state’s large number of electoral votes (34 the last time I looked), the attempt to gerrymander Texas… yet again… reflects an increasingly common Republican meme: if you aren’t a Republican, you have no right to vote. Coming soon to a state near you… GOP disenfranchisement of everybody else.

(ADDED: During the Bush administration, similar accusations of gerrymandering were made, but the Bush DoJ was highly [and illegally] politicized, and nothing came of the accusations.)

Personally I think Rick Perry should be forced to share a jail cell with Tom DeLay. Of course, SEIU should make sure the janitor receives hazardous duty pay for cleaning up the toxic mess from all the resultant shit-slinging.

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  • MandT  On Tuesday September 20, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    OMG! The Duff troll has a new pseudopod!

    • Steve  On Tuesday September 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      Not any more, MandT; I’m banning him for good and all. I’m still getting used to this interface, and he managed to sneak in one more comment. But I’m blowing him away. Enough is enough.

  • Bryan  On Tuesday September 20, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    The Repubs in Florida are having a hissy fit because the voters overwhelming approved two amendments to the Florida constitution that ban gerrymandering. After the creative cartography of our current districts, it will be interesting to see what they come with.

    The fact that the Repubs have two-thirds of the seats in both houses of the Florida legislature as the second largest party in the state, should have caused some comment, but they got away with it because of a badly worded law. The new amendments don’t provide a lot of wiggle room.

    They really don’t like democracy.

    • Steve  On Tuesday September 20, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      Bryan, gerrymandering is an item of policy of the GOP. They don’t merely do it opportunistically: they are premeditated about it. They believe in what I’ve always called a “Republican right to rule,” and everything they do… legal and illegal, ethical and unethical… is directed to that end.

      IIRC, back in 2003 in Tom DeLay’s infamous mid-cycle re-redistricting, one of the resulting districts included parts of Austin and San Antonio, and one side of the highway in between. As I am reading in a book about the debates over the basis on which western states were to be taken into the Union, I realize that this kind of finagling is not new, but I do believe today’s GOPers have perfected that particular perfidy better than anyone could have imagined in a purported democratic republic.

      I wish Texas’s legislature could make a law that would stop the bullshit here, but with the GOP in complete control largely as a result of the 2003 gerrymander, it ain’t gonna happen.

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