I get e-mail from Sen. Wendy Davis:
I wrote to you last week about the Special Session that Governor Perry has called to address redistricting. As you know, state leaders have dropped their challenges to the Senate district map, meaning that the current makeup of Senate District 10 should remain unchanged for the remainder of the decade. This is wonderful news for our community. We’ve faced this redistricting battle for the past two years and have finally earned an important victory that continues to hold us together.
Unfortunately, Governor Perry is also insisting that the Legislature adopt the interim congressional and State House maps, which include features that a federal court ruled are in violation of the U.S. Voting Rights Act. The people of our district certainly know how important it is to have fairly drawn maps that allow voters to elect the leaders of their choice. All Texans deserve that.
You have a chance to speak out against the unfair congressional and State House maps.
I hope you will join us tomorrow for a public hearing with the House Select Committee on Redistricting. It’s vital that we make our voices heard. Let’s tell our state leaders to keep Senate District 10 intact and then to draw fair congressional and State House districts.PUBLIC HEARING – House Select Committee on Redistricting
Thursday, June 6 – 2:00 PM – 1401 Pacific Avenue, Dallas
The Committee will hear testimony from any member of the public until 7:00 PM.
Once again, I understand that this is extremely short notice. I wish that there were more opportunities for the people of North Texas to have their say on this critical issue, but this may be the only chance that we get. If you are able, please come stand with us in the fight for fair maps.
Your friend, and proudly, your state senator,
Will you be there?
It’s a lousy place for inexpensive parking, so you may want to take the train — it runs within a couple of blocks of the hearing site. But it’s a vital topic.
One wearies of the Texas GOP ramming their views down the gullet of citizens as if voters were just geese to be fattened for foie gras.
- Legislature calls field hearings on redistricting, including Thursday in Dallas (star-telegram.com)
- Redistricting public hearings set for Corpus Christi, Houston (amarillo.com)
- Special session over redistricting begins with deep disagreement (kvue.com)
- Texas Senate “Public Hearing” on Redistricting (texasvox.org)
- TexMessage: Redistricting road show opens in Texas, but do legislators really care what people think? (chron.com)
- Redistricting hearings will likely skip Amarillo (amarillo.com)
- Davis declares victory in Texas redistricting conflict (star-telegram.com)
- Out, Damned Spot: Why You Should Care About — Yawn — Redistricting (blogs.dallasobserver.com)
- Texas, TEA Party & Black Voters, Or, Why We Still Need The Voting Rights Act (burntorangereport.com)