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AG accepts Texas redistricting deal
Associated Press ^ | Feb. 6, 2012 | Paul J. Webber

Posted on 02/06/2012 12:49:20 PM PST by Bevo

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Texas' attorney general agreed Monday to temporary voting maps that add new Hispanic-dominated districts and could save the April 3 date for primary elections statewide. But at least one influential minority group said it would fight the new plan.

Still, the proposal marks a rare moment of agreement in a bitter legal clash that has dragged on since last summer, even reaching the U.S. Supreme Court. Minority groups filed a lawsuit alleging the GOP-controlled Legislature drafted redistricting maps that were discriminatory and ignored a burgeoning Hispanic population.

A San Antonio federal court had given the state and minority groups until Monday to reach a compromise, or see the Texas primaries pushed back for a second time.

Under the new plan, Hispanics would control half of Texas' four new congressional seats that were awarded following new population numbers from the census. Attorney General Greg Abbott said seven minority groups agreed to the new plan, which he said minimizes changes to the original redistricting maps drafted by the Legislature.

"Today's maps should allow the court to finalize the interim redistricting maps in time to have elections in April," Abbott said in a statement.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
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1 posted on 02/06/2012 12:49:26 PM PST by Bevo
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To: Bevo

“a burgeoning Hispanic population”

To say the least.


2 posted on 02/06/2012 1:05:08 PM PST by wolfcreek (Perry to Obama: Adios, MOFO!)
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To: Bevo

“temporary voting maps”

Is that politcal speak for permanent?


3 posted on 02/06/2012 1:13:50 PM PST by Leep (It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: Bevo; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl
Still, the proposal marks a rare moment of agreement in a bitter legal clash that has dragged on since last summer, even reaching the U.S. Supreme Court. Minority groups filed a lawsuit alleging the GOP-controlled Legislature drafted redistricting maps that were discriminatory and ignored a burgeoning Hispanic population.

What part of that "burgeoning Hispanic poplulation" is legal? Meanwhile the Left challenges the new Texas voter ID law in court.

Under the new plan, Hispanics would control half of Texas' four new congressional seats that were awarded following new population numbers from the census

And they are not satisfied with that.

4 posted on 02/06/2012 1:16:41 PM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Fool me once, shame on you -- twice, shame on me -- 100 times, it's U. S. immigration policy.)
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To: Bevo

(sigh)

I kind of hoped Abbott would dig in his heels. Is this what America has come to? Our Congressional voting districts are segmented on the basis of race/ethnicity?

I hear the sound of the Founding Fathers spinning in their graves!! Congress is supposed to be served by people who represent ALL of the people in their district - NOT just those of a certin race/ethnicity!!

Since this is all about the Mexicanation of Texas, how do they draw the map to ensure that MY house isn’t included in one of those “temporary” Hispanic districts?? I’m not Hispanic, so who in Texas represents MY interests in the national sewer called Washington, D.C.?

And, how does drawing Congressional districts on the basis of race/ethnicity serve what used to be the “world’s melting pot”? Thanks to Washington politicians, we haven’t been the world’s “melting pot” for decades; but we are becoming the world’s most politically, racially and ethnically divided nation on earth.

Welcome to the Balkanized States of America!!


5 posted on 02/06/2012 1:28:26 PM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: Bevo

4 districts may be a 2 D 2 R split based on Dave Wasserman tweets
http://twitter.com/redistrict


6 posted on 02/06/2012 1:32:35 PM PST by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

I’m in one of those I bet I get stuck with a “D”

either Lloyd Dog$***

or Henry Gualler


7 posted on 02/06/2012 1:34:48 PM PST by Rightly Biased (Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?)
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To: Rightly Biased

Way out in Colorado County we are represented by Pelosi Lap Dog Dogget. I am so sick of being represented by an Austin liberal low life that still lives with his mommy.


8 posted on 02/06/2012 2:00:46 PM PST by SailormanCGA72
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To: lonestar; Ditter; basil; BuckeyeTexan

News regarding the redistricting efforts. Not sure if this will be finalized in time for an Apr primary.


9 posted on 02/06/2012 2:07:22 PM PST by deport (..............God Bless Texas............)
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To: Rightly Biased

Nothing was going to please everybody. If they weight the two Latino districts with a lot of Hispanics, it might take enough away elsewhere to steal another district.

That was the dirty little secret of the racially gerrymandered minority districts the libs pushed for in the 1980s - it diluted the strength of liberals in non-minority districts so the GOP took many seats that weren’t expected.


10 posted on 02/06/2012 2:08:18 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: Bevo

What’s so special about an April primary; let them go back to May or even June.


11 posted on 02/06/2012 2:09:09 PM PST by Theodore R. (I have a feeling that our little Republican primary voters will again disappoint us.)
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To: Bevo

This is all the fault of George W. Bush and the GOP House leadership. Steve King and other conservatives fought to have the outdated, absurd Federal oversight of former segregation states from the 1965 Voting Rights Act removed, as well as removing the 5% requirement for bi-lingual ballots (at the jurisdictions’ expense - unfunded mandate). But the House leadership killed the amendements, and Bush signed a disgusting, un-American, 25 YEAR EXTENSION (there had previously been 5- and 10-year extensions of it). So now the Feds can tell every Southern state their business, citing “racism”, “disenfranchisement”, and “discrimination”. Despicable.


12 posted on 02/06/2012 2:19:31 PM PST by montag813
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To: Leep
Yep. I'm afraid it is.

“temporary voting maps”

Is that politcal speak for permanent?

13 posted on 02/06/2012 2:51:24 PM PST by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie.)
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To: deport
The AG seems to think it will "save" the April primary. I say "so what!" The nominee will be decided by the time we vote.

It's maddening that Texas has virtually no voice in the presidential primary election.

(Flame away, Texas haters. Beware though. You might draw back a nub.)

14 posted on 02/06/2012 3:02:05 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: Bevo

Welcome to Northern Mexico!


15 posted on 02/06/2012 3:19:28 PM PST by LUV W (Unleash the American People!!)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

It’s not only maddening....it’s the deliberate disenfranchisement of ALL Texas voters. And it should be illegal to do what they’re doing.

And yes, the world HAS gone mad.


16 posted on 02/06/2012 3:24:07 PM PST by XenaLee (The only good commie is a dead commie.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

The AG is going to have to agree sometime. Texas is under the control of two out-of-control federal judges under the Voting Rights act. Attorney General Abbott has done a fantastic legal service for Texas, winning arguments before the Supreme Court against these two “judges”, but Texas was put under this law that extended reconstruction, by LBJ and re-extended it due to GWB, and there is just so much AG Abbott can do. The purpose of this federal law was to extend democrat rule and liberal rule in Texas for as long as possible, and the wording of this law will work to that end as intended until it is repealed.


17 posted on 02/06/2012 3:31:20 PM PST by ngat
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18 posted on 02/06/2012 3:47:59 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: OrangeHoof

That’s fine if they leave the districts in the valley but they will run it from Seguin (south central texas) to Laredo that is what pisses me off.

Then to have another from South Austin to Victoria really....???


19 posted on 02/06/2012 4:08:31 PM PST by Rightly Biased (Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?)
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To: DustyMoment

“I kind of hoped Abbott would dig in his heels. Is this what America has come to? Our Congressional voting districts are segmented on the basis of race/ethnicity?

I hear the sound of the Founding Fathers spinning in their graves!! Congress is supposed to be served by people who represent ALL of the people in their district - NOT just those of a certain race/ethnicity!!”

What is sick about this is Washington having any say in how State congressional districts are drawn. I don’t care about the federally demanded racism as much.


20 posted on 02/06/2012 4:39:03 PM PST by Monorprise
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To: BuckeyeTexan
and could save the April 3 date for primary elections statewide.

Does this mean it's back to Winner-take-all?

BTW, it's 38 EC votes.

:-)

.

21 posted on 02/06/2012 6:20:36 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: ngat

You’re so right about GWB being an accomplice to all of this.


22 posted on 02/06/2012 7:01:45 PM PST by Theodore R. (I have a feeling that our little Republican primary voters will again disappoint us.)
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To: XenaLee; Leep

My guess is that temporary = “2012 only.”

If the GOP fares well under the maps they might not want to go through the process of redrawing the lines again and getting them approved.


23 posted on 02/06/2012 7:09:49 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: TLI

Well that’s what I get for relying on the wiki. Shame on me. (*looks at ground, kicks dirt with toe of boot.*)


24 posted on 02/06/2012 7:46:33 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: Bevo

The entire race based districting premise of the Left is unconstitutional. There is no constitutional right to elect someone of your own race to represent you. That this is tolerated in the 21st century is an abomination.


25 posted on 02/07/2012 3:54:51 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: montag813

Bingo and what we get for electing “conservatives” like Nixon, Bush I & II and...

Another horrible move by political geniuses like Rove.


26 posted on 02/07/2012 3:58:44 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: ngat

I’m not upset with the AG. He’s a heck of a fighter and I’m proud of him.

It’s the Texas primary date that offends me. In case I haven’t already told every FReeper who will listen, I voted for Hillary Clinton in 2008 (Operation Chaos) because McCain had it locked up. Many in my district did. That’s a sad state of affairs in The Great State of Texas.


27 posted on 02/07/2012 5:07:12 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

Mexico will soon have Texas back in their fold. They have populated it now. Same as the Muzzies talking over England, the illegals are taking over Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Georgia.


28 posted on 02/07/2012 7:51:46 AM PST by RetiredArmy (POLITICIANS: Promise the moon. Deliver the shaft.)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas
Yep. A minority gets half of the new seats, but that's not enough. It should be zero new seats for the groups. Texans get the seats, not hispanics or whites or whomeever.
29 posted on 02/07/2012 8:57:44 AM PST by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: montag813
Quite right on the DC control of the formerly DemoCrap controlled southern states.

I lived in Baton Rouge for several years (just in time for Katrina and Rita). I drove past the busing depot every morning going to work. Some of these kids (mostly black) spent 4 hours a day in transit on a bus - maybe more when all the downtime is aggregated. How did that help the education of these kids? Well of course it didn't and it prevented their parent(s) from participating in their child’s school and the kids didn't go to the same school as their neighbors.

A federal judge presided over this travesty for 50 years and it was resolved swiftly after his retirement. Pure evil if you as me.

30 posted on 02/07/2012 9:20:35 AM PST by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: Bevo

The racist Left is upset enough about this deal to make me comfortable with it.


31 posted on 02/07/2012 9:59:53 AM PST by fwdude
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To: wolfcreek; All

Guess I’ll call the county and see when I need to get my crew together for the election...

Needless to say I am not impressed with any of this...

The democrats are getting their digs in for 2000 when DeLay helped redistrict Texas...We are paying for that with our future...

Texas democrats “used” to put Texas first...Now they are just state level federal lapdog cowards...

We shall see how this goes...I would not be surprised that when I make that call, no one will have an answer for me...


32 posted on 02/08/2012 2:22:35 PM PST by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: stevie_d_64

So they’ve set a date for the primary? Thought I heard the judge wouldn’t accept the deal?


33 posted on 02/09/2012 4:51:16 AM PST by wolfcreek (Perry to Obama: Adios, MOFO!)
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To: wolfcreek

I called the Harris County Clerks office and got chirping crickets sound effects...

No one is sure what is going to happen...And who does that work out best for??? (rhetorical question, hehehe)

The longer they can keep Texas out of the spotlight, and on our heels, the better for Romney, and Obama...

It’ll be a win-win for them, and what amazes me the most is no one seems to give a damn about this nonsense...

Sure they got the usual feckless wonders arguing and declaring all sorts of BS to keep the re-districting issue in the courts...Greg Abbott has done what he can to move this along, and no one else seems to be backing his play...

This is really the key problem we have now...

Santorum was lucky to get into Texas yesterday and drum up some fundage to operate in the next few contests this next month...

I have a feeling he is going to do very well in Texas, if we can every get our act together...

It’s embarrasing, and not a lot of people, other than myself (I know of only two other people across the entire state, one of them is another FReeper) seem to be raising hell about this nonsense...

Who do you call??? Glad y’all asked...

Call the Texas Secretary of State office, Give a thank you call to Greg Abbott’s office for his attempts at getting this resolved...We are still looking to see results, but I am not going to throw rock at him, because at least he is making this a fight...

Give your local State Rep and Senators office a call, light a fire under their arses for lolligagging around and some not going ahead and filing for the primary...That to me is intellectual and political laziness in my book...

Call your local GOP county office and pour some gasoline on their behinds and light them up...

Bout time Texas finishes fartin’ around and straighten this process up...

Otherwise, this as well will give Obama a clear shot at another 4 years...We need to not allow his re-election to be classified (credibly) as a mandate...

We do (allow) that, and it was nice knowing y’all...

Just my opinion...And what do I know, right???


34 posted on 02/09/2012 6:50:41 AM PST by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: Bevo

Where in the constitution does it say blacks will have a representative, Hispanics will have a representative, Chinese, muslims, etc will have a representative?

How long before districts are drawn so the Crips and the

Bloods can have their own representative?


35 posted on 02/09/2012 11:54:29 AM PST by Terry Mross (.)
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To: Terry Mross

They do...His name is Snoop-Doggy-Dog (I - Compton CA)...They made an exception and he now reps the Bloods and the Crips...

Werd!

Yeah, I know...shut up Steve...;-)


36 posted on 02/09/2012 12:31:11 PM PST by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: Bevo; All

FoxNews this afternoon announce Texas would not be having a Primary...I thought that was kinda abrupt, but the same “Bat-Channel” the local newsies announced a deal would be proposed to secure April 17th, 2012 for the Texas Primary...

BREAKING NEWS...

Was just talking to the elections coordinator here in Harris County, and she said if the 17th doesn’t pass muster with the democrats, the 24th is IT...

If that falls through, we cannot do a Primary in May, because of other election committments for school boards and other local referendums...So May is out completely...

If this gets pushed to June, we will interfere with the convention process from the Precincts to the Senatorial District conventions and then the State convention needs to be coordinated...Not enough time...

Plus the spin is that the RonPaul-bots will be better organized and bloodied from 2008 and ready to go to get their digs in the convention process right all the way up to the National convention later this year...

There is a concerted effort to dumb down Texas’s process, and we had better be on our toes ready for a multiple pronged attack...Both from the dems and the fringe elements within the Republican party...

The battle is on, and we are already behind the 8 ball folks...

A website to stay on top of some of this is:

txredistricting.org

I haven’t been there yet, but that was just relayed to me just now...

Good luck to us all...We are going to need all hands on deck for this one...


37 posted on 02/09/2012 1:22:31 PM PST by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: stevie_d_64

Y’all have to keep in mind that not all Latinos are liberal Dimocrats - and few are as liberal as lily-white Lloyd Doggett or departed but un-lamented Martin Frost (not dead, just voted out...).

It’s up to us to see to it that those of Mexican descent realize that their values of religion, family, and hard work are Republican values - and most assuredly NOT Dimocrat values.


38 posted on 02/09/2012 4:08:09 PM PST by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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