While I'm sure all this redistricting business is worthy of some conversation, I'm somewhat alarmed that the city is giving large sums of money to the CVB and is (based on this article) unable to account for it.
Did we not set up a method for Bridgette to track her spending? Are our City Council persons as unaware of whats happening with their personal funds as they are with the cities?
This is one person being given a known amount of money. How hard can it be?
"two heavily minority districts"....who do you mean, whites & blacks? They are now the minority in Texas these days. When is minority status going to be properly applied to the new minorities?
Oh yeah, the map suggested by the law firm has my house in one district and the people right across the street in another. No biggie to me... but kind of strange.
Well what does it matter?
If stories are true,Councilman Polasek intends to run for Mayor, so what if he isn't a councilman for a couple of years.
Councilwoman Rangel has disappointed her constituents and isn't very popular in her district as currently drawn.
The plan put forth by Councilman Soliz' nominee on the Redistricting Committee moves Councilman Polasek and Councilwoman Rangel into the same district. Additionally, it greatly affects the demographic breakdowns of the two heavily minority districts. My understanding of Councilman Soliz' goal with redistricting is to make all of the districts demographically equal which, in my opinion, will cause minority voter disinfranchisement.
In the process of setting electoral districts, gerrymandering is a practice that attempts to establish a political advantage for a particular party or group by manipulating geographic boundaries to create partisan, incumbent-protected districts. The resulting district is known as a gerrymander; however, that word can also refer to the process.
Gerrymandering may be used to achieve desired electoral results for a particular party, or may be used to help or hinder a particular demographic, such as a political, racial, linguistic, religious or class group.
When used to allege that a given party is gaining disproportionate power, the term gerrymandering has negative connotations. However, a gerrymander may also be used for purposes that some perceive as positive, such as in US federal voting district boundaries that produce a majority of constituents representative of African-American or other racial minorities (these are thus called "minority-majority districts").
Did I just read that correctly? Gabe Soliz's redistricting nominee recommended that Gabe be kicked out of his own district!? Classic!