SEGUIN — Candidate filing ended at 6 p.m. Friday for the May 29 primary election in which Republicans and Democrats will choose their nominees for the November general election.

The filing period was reopened in an order from the three-member panel of federal judges in San Antonio hearing lawsuits challenging the redistricting maps adopted last year by the Texas Legislature.

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bbetzen

We must not jump into the next election and forget that this new Texas Congressional map is an insult to democracy!

The new Texas Congressional map from PlanC235 takes a state with a 45% Anglo non-Hispanic population and gerrymanders the 36 districts such that 66% of them are majority Anglo. This is achieved without an election! When an election happens, and at the voting booth they eliminate those unable or unwilling to vote (that is what voting booths are for, not redistricting) it will push the Anglo majority numbers even higher, as normally happens in an election.

How is the redistricting part of this equation done? Two reports were finished this week to illustrate. They can be downloaded from http://dallasredistricting2011.blogspot.com/2012/03/gerrymandered-texas-congressional-map.html The first report is a scatter graph that shows several exceptionally incriminating patterns that could never have happened by accident. It is obvious that this map was planned to produce the prejudicial outcome. The second report follows patterns with both the Anglo percentages and the Minority percentages. Again, these maps are no accident!

This gerrymandered redistricting must be stopped in 2022, if this map cannot be eliminated before then!

A more transparent redistricting process is mandatory! We must have more active and functional citizen involvement. It is obvious the Legislature ignored the repeated citizen testimony at the many redistricting hearings urging an end to gerrymandering. Citizens repeatedly asked for an end to the cutting up of their counties, cities and/or neighborhoods! They were ignored!

The next redistricting process must be available online so that every citizen can draw their own maps and understand the immense power available with redistricting. Then more of the public will understand what has been happening behind closed doors. With the resulting anger, politicians will not dare repeat what they did with PlanC235 that is now apparently going to be the map used for the next 10 years.

BBQ Man

Yawn!

shortstick

To the winners goes the spoils. For so long in Texas the democrates ran the show and drew the maps the best way to stay in power. Now the republicans control things and the losers can't handle it. It's simple when enough people get tired of the way things are being run they will vote the party in control out. That's how the republicans got control, not by getting democrats to redraw the lines for votes.

I think, by the way, that if the democrates had not made such a mess of things the federal government wouldn't be in the thick of things now telling us how to run our elections.

Who says that all these "minorities" are going to vote democrat? Maybe they are waking up to the fact the the democrat party is all talk and no action.

PeggyH

What ever happened to voting for the candidate and not the political party? Call me an independent voter but I prefer to elect the best qualified regardless of which side of the ballot their name appears. You can get some real winners but run the risk of getting a real stink-o who's riding on the coat tails of a political party. Voting a straight ticket can come back and bit you in the rear. Primaries are designed to eliminate multiple candidates for one office and the winner is on the official ballot in November. Choose wisely.

JohnnyPartainforCongress

I'm Johnny Partain, Democratic candidate for US Representative. Seguin is now in District 15 and has a much less diluted vote on whom may represent us. That is good for Seguin, regardless of who eventually receive the votes. I was in Seguin last Sunday with the protesters expressing their distaste of drug use and law breaking by the most recently arrested elected official, Judge Mike Wiggins. I am not anti-Wiggins, but I am a fearless and experienced government corruption fighter and I expect that Judge Wiggins will be treated like any other drug offender. I am the only candidate that explicitly fights government crooks and corruption, and I am passionate about it. We have an interest to share. I am creating new precedent which will allow any of us to challenge and pierce the immunity which allows crooked government official to exist. Visit me at johnnypartain.com. Thanks.[smile]

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