TEXAS VIEW: Ethically corrupt and unashamed
THE POINT-Politicians' history of redistricting in Texas is rife with discrimination, dishonesty
"In 2011, both houses of the Texas Legislature were controlled by large Republican majorities, and their redistricting decisions were designed to increase the Republican Party's electoral prospects at the expense of the Democrats," writes the office of Attorney General Greg Abbott. "It is perfectly constitutional for a Republican-controlled legislature to make partisan redistricting decisions, even if there are incidental effects on minority voters who support Democratic candidates."
This is in a response filed by the state in the redistricting case now before a panel of three federal judges in San Antonio. What is supposed to be a defense of the state Legislature reads more like an indictment of the redistricting process.
Put aside for the moment what Abbott considers "incidental effects." Texas minorities have contributed about 90 percent of the state's growth, but the maps do not reflect that.
What's most galling here is how unabashedly unashamed is the state's top lawyer in detailing the partisan aspect of a process that should not be as substantively so. It is written matter-of-factly, as if the public must just numbly accept it. ...
... The fact that Democrats were just as unabashedly partisan in recent memory is a sorry excuse. It is, however, reason to take redistricting out of legislators' hands altogether. ...
... "The district of state Senator Wendy Davis-another white Democrat-was also altered significantly in an effort to unseat her."
And the claim that these two "were treated worse (the document's emphasis) than the black incumbent members of Congress" is offered as proof that there was no discrimination afoot. ...
TEXAS VIEW: Ethically corrupt and unashamed - Odessa American: Texas Opinion