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Posted on 12/10/2011 2:12:04 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
Supreme Court to settle election district scuffle in Texas as a map signed by Rick Perry is accused of diluting minority voting power
Texas March primary will likely be delayed after the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday blocked the use of state legislative and congressional district maps that were drawn by federal judges.
The court issued a brief order late Friday that applies to electoral maps drawn by federal judges in San Antonio for the Texas Legislature and Congress that would have ensured minorities made up the majority in three additional Texas congressional districts.
The justices said they will hear arguments on January 9th, likely delaying the scheduled March voting primaries that would use the maps, to the end of May.
The judges issued the new maps for the 2012 election in Texas after a lawsuit was filed in San Antonio over redistricting maps drawn by the GOP-led Legislature.
The maps were to remain in place until the lawsuit was resolved.
The Supreme Courts order brings to a halt filing for legislative and congressional primary elections that began November 28.
....In the second of two separate court cases in the redistricting fight, a federal court in Washington has refused to approve the Legislatures redistricting plan without a trial, agreeing with the Justice Department that there was sufficient evidence to question whether it hurt minority representation.
Like other states with a history of racial discrimination, Texas cant implement new maps or other changes to voting practices without federal approval under the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
The state asked a court in Washington to sign off on the maps, but those judges refused.
That case is continuing......
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
Texas and Gov. Rick Perry are constantly battling Federal regulations and litigation on many fronts.
The 1964 Voting Rights Act is still used to deny a Texas GOP legislature their right to draw state district lines.
Presently, Texas' Photo Voter ID Bill (signed into law this year) is sitting on AG Eric Holder's desk for "review."
Rick Perry has been fighting the Feds on how to spend Texas' education dollars and has been victorious. There will be many more battles.
Rick Perry is fighting the Energy Dept/EPA on crippling energy regulations on plants that are causing rolling blackouts in Texas.
Rick Perry is fighting the Federal government's neglect to secure our INTERNATIONAL border and make them pay the costs Texans have had to bear from their lack of action.
Rick Perry won the right (Supreme Court case) to display the 10 Commandments on the grounds of the Texas state capitol.
Gov. Perry sued for Texas' money (without Washington telling us how to spend it) -- And won! Promise Kept.
SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES- VAN ORDEN v. PERRY..
The Chief Justice, joined by Justice Scalia, Justice Kennedy, and Justice Thomas, concluded that the Establishment Clause allows the display of a monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments on the Texas State Capitol grounds. Reconciling the strong role played by religion and religious traditions throughout our Nations history
Why are federal judges deciding how we vote?
In a statement released with the brief, Michigan Attorney Michael Cox said, Arizona, Michigan and every other state have the authority to enforce immigration laws, and it is appalling to see President Obama use taxpayer dollars to stop a states efforts to protect its own borders. (Cox Press Release, July 14, 2010). Others who joined the brief sounded a similar note. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cucinelli remarked, [F]ederal law expressly allows states to arrest people who are not legally present in the United States. Arizonas law doesnt change any of this. Thats why we are stunned that the government has sued Arizona. (Cucinelli Press Release, July 14, 2010). South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley said South Dakota joined the amicus brief because federal authorities arent doing enough to enforce current immigration laws. We felt it was right for the state of South Dakota because this is really a public safety issue, said Jackley. (KSFY.com, July 15, 2010)
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer thanked Cox and the other attorneys general for supporting her state: The United States was founded as a nation of laws and not of men, and I am deeply grateful for the national outpouring of support for the rights of states and the rule of law. (Politico, July 14, 2010)."
Because they can. Usually you hear how Californians constantly have their votes overturned by activist courts, but it happens in all the states.
If there is on issue which Perry has made a personal crusade, it is lawsuit reform. Working with the legislature, he has helped pass curbs on frivolous lawsuits, implemented a first-in-the-nation system under which loser pays all court costs in many lawsuits, and reformed medical malpractice law.
Dick Weekley, the co-founder of Texans for Lawsuit Reform, says Perry showed genuine political courage in resisting calls for watered-down reforms that wouldnt have addressed the core problem. He recalls that in 2002 Perry vetoed a bill strongly supported by doctors that would have required them to prompt payment from health maintenance organizations.
In the eyes of the tort reform advocates, the bill was a Trojan Horse compromise negotiated between doctors and trial lawyers. There was a huge response from physicians [against the veto], Kim Ross, the former top lobbyist for the Texas Medical Association, said.
TMA went so far as to endorse Tony Sanchez, Perrys millionaire Democratic opponent in the 2002 election. Perry sent a signal that he wanted real reform and would stand his ground, Weekley told me. Soon the medical lobbyists playing footsie with the trial lawyers were gone and the obstacles to real reform started falling. ..
AND now the TMA is endorsing Gov. Rick Perry. They understand now what he was doing would HELP them.
...."The Texas Medical Associations political action committee recently endorsed him for president, and its members are helping him raise money and make connections with medical groups in other states.".... source
A letter describing one Texans experience with these reforms: I live under the light hand of the Texas systema hand that Governor Perry has done everything in his power to make lighter. . Texas Gov Rick Perry Is The Only Right Choice For The 2012 GOP Nomination
Rick Perry: "I will work to make D.C. as inconsequential in your lives as possible."
November 16, 2011
Dear Leader Pelosi,
After reading about House Minority Whip Steny Hoyers outburst over my Overhauling Washington plan, I wonder if his obstructionism reflects your own opposition and that of the Democratic Caucus to urgent reforms the American people so vehemently demand.
After increasing the debt by $4 trillion in less than three years, no one can believe that Americans are satisfied with business as usual, and that a permanent political class in Washington can get us out of the mess you and your colleagues have created.
A part-time Congress with half the pay would still make $38,000 a year more than the average American family. Do you truly oppose lawmakers spending more time in their districts? Is it so important for the Washington power brokers to build their fiefdoms of influence, including providing bailouts to Wall Street while businesses on Main Street are being boarded up every day?
Here is the fundamental question: do you believe Washington is broken? Before answering that question, consider these facts:
1) the Washington Metro area is now the most affluent metropolitan area in the country because lobbyists, contractors, elected officials and bureaucrats have been insulated from the economic ruin prevalent in the private sector;
2) Congressional office budgets have doubled since 2000 while employers all across America are laying off workers;
3) Our nations total debt is nearing the size of our nations economy, increasing our dependence on competitors like China;
4) The number of Americans out of work has increased by more than two million since January 2009, despite the massive stimulus package Democratic leaders promised would revive the economy, and;
5) on top of the job-killing spending policies of the previous Congress, employers are faced with a staggering $1.1 trillion in costs related to federal regulatory compliance.
Do you truly believe the answer to massive debt, over-regulation and bloated big-government policies is to continue to protect the status quo, which enriches and empowers Washington insiders at the expense of the American People?
My plan would overhaul Washington, eliminating certain agencies and reducing the size and scope of others. It will force Congress to make the tough decisions to balance the budget or require a further reduction in their pay. It would end lifetime appointments to future appointees to the federal bench. I dont want to tinker around the edges when the American People demand a complete overhaul of Washington.
Let me conclude with an invitation: I am in Washington Monday and would love to engage you in a public debate about my Overhaul Washington plan versus the congressional status quo. I think it would be a tremendous service to the American public to see a public airing of these differences. Let the people decide. If Monday doesnt work, perhaps we could find a time in Iowa over the course of the next month to discuss these issues in front of the people of Americas heartland.
Should you choose not to respond or engage in such a healthy discussion, I will take it to mean you will continue your obstructionist ways in the face of much needed Washington reform.
Governor of Texas
Nov. 13, 2011: Pelosi fires back at 60 Minutes report on soft corruption
Pelosi and her husband participated in an initial public offering of Visa in 2008, according to CBS. They bought 5,000 shares at the initial price of $44; two days later, shares were trading at $64, CBS said........... Source
Pelosi Bashes Catholics: 'They Have This Conscience Thing'... After having some of her behind the scenes shenanigans exposed, Nancy Pelosi has turned to her friends in the MSM to help her with damage control. The effect is something akin to watching what scrambles out after you overturn a large rock.
Pelosi sought to defend herself from allegations that she and her husband made millions from insider trading in what the Washington Post calls a wide ranging interview ..
Pelosi added a startling, if inadvertent, admission. Addressing the effects such [ObamaCare] legislation would have on Catholic health care providers, Pelosi said:
"I'm a devout Catholic and I honor my faith and love it . . . but they have this conscience thing."
So with all this “good stuff” that he’s done in Texas, why can’t the guy articulate anything without screwing it up? You just have to wonder how he got where he is today. It’s helpful to know more about what he’s done, but I’m afraid it isn’t going to do him any good because he can’t seem to tell his own story effectively himself!
The War on Christmas latest battlefront is in Athens, Texas, about 75 miles southeast of Dallas, where a nativity scene in front of the Henderson County Courthouse has drawn the attention of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, KHOU reported.
The nativity is put up by community volunteers, and residents havent complained or offered up other religious displays, but the church-state separation activists (the same guys who sued Rick Perry over his prayer rally and fought to get the Day of Prayer declared unconstitutional), still arent OK with it. Theyve suggested to a sign that reads There is no God, no devils, no angels or heaven and that, Religion hardens the heart and enslaves minds, the station reported.
Still, the Freedom from Religion Foundation may find some hearty opposition to their proposed signage, especially in Texas. More than 80 percent of Americans said they support religious symbols on public land and Christmas celebrations in public schools in a 2010 poll."......
....Im not ashamed to talk about my faith, he says in the first spot. Some liberals say that faith is a sign of weakness. Well, theyre wrong. In the second ad, titled Strong, Perry bravely comes out as a follower of Christ. Im not ashamed to admit that Im a Christian, he says, before vowing that as President, Ill end Obamas war on religion.
......But most flagrant is Perrys reference to Obamas war on religion".....Time
Hannitys 3rd Freedom Concert - Perry on America heroes! 7 minute video
Nov. 11, 2011 VIDEO: Rick Perry interview Nov 11, 2011 in Columbia 25 minute video starting around 4:00 12:00 Perry speaks at length about Iran, allies and national defense.
Over an hour of discussion - a normal conversation - not "gotcha" or high-octane, political talking points.
no pandering for votes
terrorists using U.S. Mexican border
no Fed Dream Act or amnesty
examine what our national work force needs are
jobs in Texas - full picture
manufacturing in China vs U.S.
wages hurt by the cost of doing business - onerous regulations
Texas right to work state but he's always been endorsed by Teamsters Union (jobs)
multi-national companies (U.S.)
jobs, spending, taxes, regulations
trade laws and tariffs
subsides and tax credits
energy and market place
taxes and lobbyists
family decision re presidential run
Parade interview "birther" "news"
Afghanistan -- special ops war, troops, Obama policy, war on terror, more funding for technology and R&D
Foreign policy dependent on our economic strength
campaign commitment in NH
review candidates' track record
roughness of campaign -- in to win -- facts can be hard-hitting
Social Security, jobs, national security, being truthful
discusses education, EPA, Energy, HHS
state transportation infrastructure
ObamaCare, medicare, medicaid, healthcare
Tom Cobrun, Bobby Jindal, Paul Ryan
health care insurance - state by state
health care in Texas, access, tort reform
judges, Supreme Court, federal courts
The measure, sent to Gov. Rick Perry for consideration [he subsequently signed it], lets any incandescent light bulb manufactured in Texas and sold in that state avoid the authority of the federal government or the repeal of the 2007 energy independence act that starts phasing out some incandescent light bulbs next year.
Texas wasnt the first state to explore this kind of legislation: South Carolina has advanced a similar bill and, last year, the Arizona legislature passed a bill to the same effect but Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed it.
Few issues illuminate the consumer will to choose and the disparate faith in consumers of liberals and conservatives, as revealed by proposed policies as clearly as the federal governments light bulb ban. As Heritage Foundation energy analyst Nick Loris puts it, Consumers can make intelligent decisions on their own without the government forcing choices upon them.
Not surprisingly, environmentalist groups chief among them the New-York based Natural Resources Defense Council wanted Perry to veto the bill. But the governors slick signature on this is yet one more reason to like the man many want to run for president." Everythings bigger and now also brighter in Texas
This "Judicial Activist" is named Xavier Rodriguez. He was appointed by your beloved idol, La Raza Rick, as a Republican to the TX Supreme Court despite his record of being a liberal Democrat. Republican voters were not amused and voted his butt out in the next primary for an actual Conservative. La Raza Rick worked tirelessly to run THAT man, Steven Wayne Smith, off the bench at the next election. Meanwhile, Rick's good buddy in the White House appointed FAUX Republican Rodriguez to the federal bench where he issues garbage rulings attempting to deprive the TX legislature of its proper role in redistricting.
You need to acknowledge that had Rick Perry never appointed that liberal phony Rodriguez to the bench, most likely that ruling would NOT have occurred at all, necessitating an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Don't crap in our hats, Cincy, and tell us it's chocolate pudding. Your boy is 100% responsible here. Own up to it.
"Another new measure made tightening air quality permits on the oil and gas industry more difficult. That law, which Perry signed in June, requires the Texas environmental agency to analyze the effect of new regulation on the economy - including how it might hurt a company - before implementation. The economic impact could override the environmental benefit of the new regulation. The new law reflects Perry's contention that global warming is a questionable theory and that regulation always creates an adverse business climate." Perry Slashed Environmental Enforcement in Texas
You believe the GOP redistricting wouldn't have been opposed by the Left????? ---- Hardly! and your "most likely" weasel words give you away.
Who appointed Xavier Rodriguez to the bench ?
So Texas House Democrats skipped town.
Republicans called out the state troopers and even the Texas Rangers (the ones in law enforcement, not baseball) to hard them back to Austin. But theyd all holed up in a hotel just across the border in Oklahoma, and didnt return until theyd secured a promise that the redistricting plan would be shelved.
That summer, Governor Rick Perry called a special legislative session to renew the fight. For round two, 11 of the states 12 Democratic senators high-tailed it to Albuquerque for a month, frustrating Texas Republicans once again. The standoff continued until one of them returned to Texas, and the redistricting effort passed."....
Cut the crap and the obfuscation and answer the question.
Who appointed the unknown liberal Democrat attorney Xavier Rodriguez to the bench ?
You mean the fellow appointed U.S. district judge by President George W. Bush? That guy?
Who appointed the unknown liberal Democrat attorney Xavier Rodriguez to the bench ?
ANSWER THE QUESTION.
You sound like a prosecutor.
Refresh my memory — you worked for a time in Texas for a state agency if I recall[?]. I could have you confused with another anti-Perry post.
“Prior to assuming the bench, he was a partner in the international law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski. Rodriguez was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court in 2001 by Governor Rick Perry. He was defeated for election in the Republican primary in 2002. His challenger was Steven Wayne Smith. Rodriguez outspent Smith $558,000 to $9,500.
After his defeat, Rodriguez returned to private practice briefly before being appointed to the Federal District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio by President George W. Bush.”
You’ve been exposed as an unrepentant liar, madam. You have the nerve to write about judicial activism for which the judge in question is Rick Perry’s boy. His appointee.
Fact #1: Xavier Rodriguez was an unknown liberal Democrat attorney when he was brazenly placed on the Texas Supreme Court by liberal race-panderer Rick Perry in 2001.
Fact #2: Conservative Steven Wayne Smith beat liberal Democrat posing as a Republican Justice Xavier Rodriguez in the 2002 primary over the visceral opposition of Rick Perry.
Fact #3: Rick Perry’s liberal Democrat protege posing as a Republican ex-Justice Xavier Rodriguez was given a LIFETIME appointment to the federal bench by his good buddy and former boss George W. Bush in 2003.
Fact #4: Rick Perry vociferously worked hard in 2004 (and again in 2006) to successfully defeat Conservative Justice Steven Wayne Smith in RETALIATION for defeating Rick Perry’s liberal Hispanic Democrat/FAUX Republican now-Federal Judge Xavier Rodriguez.
Fact #5: Rick Perry’s liberal Democrat protege masquerading as a Republican Federal Judge Xavier Rodriguez blatantly violated the law in ordering (along with an actual liberal Democrat-appointed judge) that a LEGAL and CONSTITUTIONAL method approved by the Texas Legislature on redistricting didn’t meet his PERSONAL political view and is attempting to illegally force almost a half-dozen DEMOCRAT Congressional candidates be all but anointed to office on the grounds of racial gerrymandering (in other words, mostly in an attempt to protect the Democrat party and place in mostly Hispanic Democrats, of which Rodriguez claims not to be, yet obviously is).
Fact #6: The millions of dollars in costs to the taxpayers of Texas on upending the upcoming primaries for this illegal farce can be laid squarely at the feet of RICK PERRY, for whom his personal protege and lackey for extremist racial supremacist groups like La Raza, is well represented.
I think the taxpayers of Texas should know exactly who got the ball rolling on this fiasco, and whose political protege on the federal bench made it all possible. Rick Perry and Xavier Rodriguez (with “honorable” mention for George W. Bush).
I see you’ve called forth your vicious posting partners.
Did you work for the state of Texas at one point?
KLTV's Annette Falconer talks with one east Texas baker, who can't wait to start her baking business.
It's the day that can't come too soon for baker, Stephanie Frazier.
"September first you'll hear me calling around saying, hey, would you like a cookie?", says Frazier.
Governor Perry signed the "Bakers Bill", allowing bakers like Fazier to sell their non-perishable goodies. ".....
Perry: Stand up and stop apologizingWe need to stop apologizing for celebrating life."
Stop apologizing for wanting to stem the tide of the entitlement mindset. Our opponents on the left are never going to like us, so lets stop trying to curry favor with them, he said, before imploring the crowd to stand up. Lets speak with pride about our values. Lets stop this American downward spiral. ....
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Our senators. Rick Perry didn't have any say in President Bush appointing this activist to the federal bench.
And your suggestion that without this particular activist on the bench our redistricting maps would've sailed through without opposition is ABSURD.
Relevant Quote from My Cousin Vinny ..
Stan: Damn it, Vinnie! Maybe if you'd put up some kind of a fight, you could have gotten the case thrown out!In short, this is Texas. Ain't no way redistricting maps aren't gettin' opposed in court. So let's not pretend that this one judge held our redistricting fate in his hands alone. It's horsesh*t!
Vinny Gambini: Hey, Stan, you're in Ala-f***in'-bama. You come from New York. You killed a good ol' boy. There is no way this is not going to trial!
Because our journey away from the Constitution has elevated them above being Judges and allowed them to pervert their will of the People as readily as any left-winger politician.
So, President Bush appointed Rodriguez to the bench.
(so that is 4 republicans that supported Rodriguez)
Rodriguez was confirmed by the Senate 7/31/2003 with a unanimous vote.
BTW: Off topic but interesting. Rodriguez's deceased father was a survivor of the allied invasion of Normandy.
Bill Clinton appointed Garcia to Federal Bench.
Ronald Reagon appointed Smith to Federal Bench.
Sorry, but the two Senators did not “appoint” an unknown liberal Democrat to the Texas Supreme Court as Rick Perry did. This was a “consolation prize” to make up for a Conservative beating him. If Rodriguez had never been appointed to the TXSC, he’d never have gone to the federal level. This is typical of RINOs appointing abominations to the bench and that these individuals have real consequences.
Your point about there being no challenge to the redistricting maps is a red herring. Those almost always occur these days... the issue is that a Perry-promoted appointee/protege who is an activist liberal Democrat is responsible for attempting via the bench to hijack and illegally install/force more Democrat left-wingers (La Raza types) into almost a half-dozen Congressional seats in Texas.
For Perry and his lying flunkies to wail and complain when his own “flunkie” made this possible takes the cake. Time to take responsibility.
Oh so people who challenge your lies are vicious?
You are pathetic. You were given a well reasoned reply and all you can do is attack who field pings.
Get used to it honey.
Which state agency did you work for in Texas?
I guess you, like the Bush family, have no time for conservative Texans.
No. I have no time for crony entrenched, entitled RINOs like Perry AND the Bushes. Funny, too, since Perry makes Bush look like a rocket scientist.
Guess the Daily Mail UK was pretty spot on when it said: "But among Texas conservatives I have hardly ever heard a kind word said on Perry's behalf. Among the most common epithets are: egocentric, treacherous, hypocritical, shallow, unprincipled, and vindictive.
I’m truly touched that you think I’m talented enough, as a lifelong resident of Tennessee, that I can or could’ve magically worked in some government office in Austin many hundreds and hundreds of miles away. The extent of my experience in Austin is travelling through it on I-35 at 55 mph en route to San Antonio in March, 1990.
(You do not advance conservatism by becoming more liberal.)
And those are just his supporters.
The most conservative ones in the race, and that does not include Perry, Romney or Newt.
PING to fieldmarshaldj’s great post.
We have no way of knowing what conversation we’d be having if Stephen Wayne Smith hadn’t beaten Rodriquez in the next election.
We do know that the Dems left the State twice in 2003 to kill a quorum and avoid votes on Redistricting in the House and then the Senate.
Wonder what would be happening if the Dems hadn’t repeatedly blocked so many of Bush’s appointments.
Unfortunately, every liberal judge gets a federal appointment as soon as the Dems get in office.
He'd still have been appointed to the federal bench with Rick Perry's active endorsement. The issue is that Rick Perry, your idol, should NEVER have appointed the liberal Democrat Xavier Rodriguez to ANY judicial capacity in the first place. Let me reminds folks once again... Rodriguez NEVER was elected to office. Not to the TX Supreme Court OR the Federal Bench. He is the ultimate in unaccountable leftist Judicial Activists and owes his entire career to Rick Perry. The same Rick Perry whose sycophants are whining about that activism for whom HE HIMSELF is to blame !
Thank you for finally answering. I was thinking about a FReeper who worked for the state of Texas (short stint). It came up on a thread about the TCC (if I recall correctly). I should go back and look to see which FReeper told me about their history of working for the state of Texas. It was your Tennessee locale that seemed to be in that mix, as the FReeper who mentioned it was no longer in Texas.
Of course, the Perry supporters will all chime in about how great the Texas economy is and how that is proof of Perry's conservatism. But Perry as a weak executive doesn't have a lot of opportunity to impact the Texas economy one way or the other.
I just don't see Perry and his supporters understanding the quantum jump required to successfully run for president, let alone be an effective president. To this day, he shows time and time again he hasn't done his homework - just the other day, he showed he doesn't even know the number of Supreme Court justices, something most kids learn in junior high. He has shown me no indication that he is doing the preparation required for the office he is seeking.