As far as being stuck with gerrymandered RAT legislators from Chicago I got a pretty good deal. Both of them are Irish Catholic, socially conservative, law-and-order, Lipinski style “centrist” Dems, which gives an idea of the politician leanings of the region I'm in. Also more proof that given ideology of the the region, I SHOULD be in Lipinski’s Congressional district, but sadly I'm stuck in Black Panther Bobby's (all the nearby towns are in Lipinski’s)
My state senator:
At least my RAT state rep. actually LIVES in the suburbs and legislimately won election to his district in 1996, when he got an upset win against my old Republican state rep. thanks to Madigan getting so many Crook County voters to punch one hole for a straight-ticket Dem vote (that system has since been abolished). My State Senator is a Chicagoan who NEVER won a legitimate, contested “election”, he's faced only token “opposition” on paper, and everytime a viable Republican attempts to run, the RAT machine makes sure to throw them off the ballot. I had to cast a write-in vote just to support his Republican opponent in 2008. He was basically appointed my Senator for life in 2002. The guy votes very conservative on abortion, gays, immigration, taxes, etc., because he represents a constituency that formerly elected conservative firebrand Pat O’Malley (R-Palos Park) from 1992-2002, best known as being the only Republican willing to challenge George Ryan for Governor before the later retired. I finally meet Maloney face to face last October and he said he was embarrassed by his party's shenanigands. Of course he'll lay low and won't do anything about it, since he owes his seat to them. I found his execuse about not supporting recall and a Constitution Convention because "if voters don't their legislators, they can vote them out of office" to be ridiculous, and pointed out that we can't actually do this in most RAT districts including his own. He didn't have much of an answer to that.
The problem is not these individual RATs but the system that allows the RAT leadership to blatantly steal elections and let a small faction run the entire government.
And 1994 was pretty much a one-time fluke, as most states that suddenly found themselves with a GOP house saw it revert back to RAT in 1996. My state was no exception — Lee Daniel's becoming speaker on the national party's coattails was a short lived event and Mike Madigan never really lost power even during his two year stint as “minority leader”
It looks like the same thing is happening in Texas.