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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 04:13 PM
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E-Mails The Feds Say Show Texas Lawmakers Trying To Limit Voting Power Of Hispanics
Talking Points Memo 10/28/11
The E-Mails The Feds Say Show Texas Lawmakers Trying To Limit Voting Power Of Hispanics

The feds say theres ample circumstantial evidence that the redistricting maps signed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry had the effect and intent of limiting the voting power of Hispanic voters. But whats the evidence exactly? Lets take a look.

The most telling evidence Justice Department lawyers cite in terms of the state redistricting maps is a comment from state Rep. Beverly Woolley, who led the redistricting process in Harris County (an effort which excluded any minority members of the Harris County delegation). ou all are protected by the Voting Rights Act and we are not, Woolley told a number of minority representatives. We dont want to lose these people due to population growth in the county, or we wont have any districts left.

In another instance, Rep. John Garza told Rep. Joe Farias that he needed more Mexicans in district but rejected areas where Hispanics were politically organized.

DOJs expert report also cites emails to and from Rep. Lamar Smith, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee which oversees DOJ. The expert says the emails make it clear that racial as well as political data were most accurately driving the line drawing.

We knew they were racist assholes the whole time. And those Republican Latino representatives are the worst fuckers (John Garza)! :mad: :mad: :mad:

Also to clarify the story - Joe Farias is a Democrat and did not negotiate with John Garza a republican. Apparently it was just one instance that Representative Farias was willing to share with DOJ about his conversations with sellouts like John Garza.
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white cloud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-11 09:11 AM
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1. Senator Wendy R. Davis
Senator Wendy R. Davis
If you are wondering about the status of redistricting in Texas, please watch WFAA's Inside Texas Politics Sunday morning at 9 a.m. I'll talk about significant court hearings scheduled for this coming week in a federal court in San Antonio that will likely lead to interim maps for Congressional, state House and state Senate boundaries, while legal challenges remain for the maps passed by the Texas Legislature.
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