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Thu Jun 13, 2013, 05:38 PM

1. HD 26 In Fort Bend County is the poster child for GOP gerrymandering

This is funny. It was pointed out that HD 26 is the poster child for GOP gerrymandering in both the State Senate and State House hearings on the interim maps. Rick Miller is the republican who was the beneficiary of such gerrymandering. Miller got Mike Gibson (the Fort Bend GOP chair) and three other republicans to come defend HD 26 yesterday. Mike Gibson lied to the House committee and told the House Committee that HD 26 was a minority majority district. Michael Li in his blog has the facts here and is in effect now citing HD 26 as the poster child for GOP gerrymandering http://txredistricting.org/post/52892791604/communities-of-interest-part-2

Take for example, HD 26 in Fort Bend County. In the San Antonio courtís original interim map, HD 26 was a compact district taking in most of the city of Sugar Land...

That resulted in a district with a citizen voting age population (CVAP) that was 16.6% Hispanic, 17.6% African-American, 26.1% Asian, and 38.8% Anglo. ....

But as drawn by the Texas Legislature - and incorporated wholesale into the second interim map - the district became an oddly shaped district that splits non-Anglo communities and weaves through Fort Bend County to pick up Anglo neighborhoods....
The resulting district is one with a CVAP that is: 14.3% Hispanic, 11.1% African-American, 21.1% Asian, and 52.3% Anglo.

The GOP has to lie about their gerrymandering efforts. I am glad that others are now looking at HD 26 and are realizing that this district is the poster child for GOP gerrymandering.

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