Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Democratic Culture of Corruption: the Texas Democratic Gerrymander

The Supreme Court decided largely against the Texas Democrats in their attempt to re-gerrymander Texas’ Congressional districts. After the 2002 elections the state legislature re-districted the entire state. This was largely in reaction to the fact that most of the state’s citizens had been voting Republican in state-wide races for some time. The Democrats howled in protest and blamed Tom De Lay; then they sued. Now they have lost. The Supreme Courts decision includes this rebuke:

Under Plan 1151C, the 2002 congressional elections resulted in a 17-to-15 Democratic majority in the Texas delegation, compared to a 59% to 40% Republican majority in votes for statewide office in 2000, thus leaving the 1991 Democratic gerrymander largely in place.

The issue that the Democrats did win (one Hispanic district) will likely have little to no impact on the Texas congressional delegation.

Hat Tip: John Hinderaker at Powerline


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