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Both redistricting committee chairs voted for discriminatory redistricting plans

The Texas GOP is using a special session of the Legislature to adopt redistricting plans for use in 2014. Why would any Texan believe that the same GOP leaders- who were unanimously found guilty of intentional discrimination by a federal court- are capable of conducting a fair redistricting process now?

Kel Seliger & other Texas Republicans making matters worse

Texas Republican State leaders are in the process of ramming State House and congressional maps down the throats of Texans. It has been a pre-cooked process from the beginning. The congressional plan will be rushed through the State Senate today, and every amendment – no matter how justified – will be rejected, most of them on votes split with Anglo Republicans on one side and Members who represent minority districts on the other.

He is the voice of Republicans who don't want Texas Latino votes to count

Texas Republican House Member Jason Villalba (HD114 – Dallas) was recently appointed to the Texas House Redistricting Committee by Republican Speaker Joe Straus. But he wasn't put there to represent Texas Latinos. In fact, Villalba only won his House seat because he ran in a district carefully gerrymandered to diminish the voting strength of North Texas Latinos.

You have the chance to stand strong against the ongoing efforts by Rick Perry and other Republican state leaders in the Legislature to undermine the voting rights of millions of Texans. The House and Senate Special Select Committees on Redistricting will hold public hearings this week and next week. Here's the schedule:

Senator Wendy Davis and key leaders in Tarrant County- like Commissioner Roy Brooks, Congressman Marc Veasey and Justice of the Peace Sergio L.

Hostility to minority voters means district lines will remain unsettled for 2014

Ongoing hostility by Texas Republican leaders against Hispanic and African American voters and against the US Voting Rights Act has left the final resolution of boundaries for Texas House, Senate and congressional districts in disarray. Last fall, Rick Perry, Greg Abbott and other Texas Republican leaders filed an appeal with US Supreme Court asking that a previous Federal District Court ruling that the boundaries adopted by the Republican Legislature last year intentionally discriminate against minority Texans be overturned.

Any boundary change could require ALL State Senators to run in 2014

Late yesterday, in a brief filed before the US District Court in San Antonio, State Senator Wendy Davis, LULAC and allied voters asked that the current Senate map, which was used in the 2012 elections, be ordered as the final remedial plan to be used for the remainder of the decade.

Republican leaders violated US Voting Rights Act in Congressional, State Senate and State House maps

After months of deliberation, a three-judge Federal District Court panel in Washington, DC has ruled that the redistricting maps adopted by the Texas Legislature last year violate the US Voting Rights Act.

Reports covering CD33 and recent articles on the race.

Over the past three and a half months, the Lone Star Project has issued a series of reports detailing the democratic primary election for new Texas Congressional District 33. CD33 is a safe democratic district, so winning the democratic primary is tantamount to winning the election in the fall.

Recent Veasey & Garcia endorsements give insight into the style and character of both candidates

There have been a number of endorsements announced by both Marc Veasey and by Domingo Garcia during the campaign for the Democratic nomination in new Congressional District 33. The most revealing of them, however, may be those announced in just the last few days.


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