DeLay Trial

Rep. Tom DeLay speaks during a news conference Jan. 7, 2006, in Sugar Land after announcing his decision to abandon his bid to remain as House majority leader. DeLay at the time was charged with illegally funneling corporate money to help elect Republicans to the Texas Legislature.

If Democrats win the majority of seats in the Texas House on Tuesday, they’ll have a way to push congressional redistricting out of Republican hands and into federal courts, plus they’ll have a powerful lever for negotiation with the Republican governor and Texas Senate on everything else.

The political attention is on the political maps lawmakers will be drawing next year, because the way those maps are drawn is often the difference between an elected official and a mere candidate — and the maps will remain in use for as long as 10 years. That kind of mapmaking lets politicians choose which voters are in which districts, to concentrate support and dilute opposition.

Ross Ramsey is executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Contact him at rramsey@texastribune.org.

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PJBM626

Ramsey a dem propagandist has been wanting demonic dems to take over Texas for a long time. He has been a good sheep like Morris has been for the facts . They won’t report truth, just dem narrative

natives5

Yet you tolerate incessant lies and deceptions from trump and lift him up on a pedestal. You spew propaganda from trump and call everyone else sheep. Like I said at the beginning of this administration...hypocrisy and lies will be abundant.

Father of Six

And the democrats you support promote the killing of babies through abortion. 60,000,000+. I don't know if that makes you the sheep or the wolf but I do know it's evil.

natives5

Again that’s a personal and legal choice between a woman and her doctor. However getting Covid from someone who refuses to take precautions because they view it as a political statement is evil and careless. What do you call those people? Sheep or wolves?

natives5

Promoting abortion?!?! I haven’t heard one Democrat encouraging women to have abortions like I’ve heard Jr. encouraging his followers to have some “fun” with the Democrats or his daddy telling the proud boys to stand down and stay by. Their comments have promoted and encouraged violence. Nice leadership from the top.

Father of Six

No, abortion is the murder of an innocent human being. You can make yourself feel better if you want to rely on mans law to justify something, but the Bible says we live by God's law. Yes democrats fund it, protect it and promote it. It's in your party platform.

natives5

Trust me Republicans have abortions too.

PJBM626

All the while Biden lies continuously. I assume you are ok with pay for play and being owned by Putin and communist China

natives5

Being owned by China and Russia is definitely a trump thing which you seem to be okay with.

Father of Six

Did Joe Biden say he was going to eliminate fracking? Did Joe Biden say he knew nothing about Hunters business dealings? Did Joe Biden say you ain't black if you vote for trump? Did Joe Biden say Trump is going to put blacks back in chains? Did Joe Biden say he didn't want his kids go to school in a racial jungle? Did Joe Biden say President Trump was a racist for implementing the travel ban on China? Did Joe Biden say there were over 200 children still not reunited with their families? I think his pants are on fire. You need to stop calling the President a liar.

natives5

You are so concerned with Biden yet no mention about your boy (who is unfortunately the current leaded of our country) and his incessant lies. trump is a liar as proven by his own words shared with Bob Woodward (just one example of many).

Father of Six

What? You are consumed with President Trump and call him a liar. I pointed out that Joe Biden is a liar. I'm more concerned that he's incompetent.

natives5

Yes I’m very concerned that the leader of our country is a liar. Have a good night, Father of Six.

rwhowi

Compromise is a evil thing. We need a dictatorship. That way nobody has to think.

Father of Six

I think it worked on you without the dictatorship.

rlingalls

Quite strange that an American would want a ‘dictatorship’ - because they do not want to compromise. As well, to keep a party in office (Republican) because the damaging gerrymandering would be at risk for change/equalizing voting representation and KNOWING that if they go to court over the current district appropriatIon, they would lose. This is no different than the voter suppression being done by trump. The Republican Party knows they do not represent the whole of American citizenship AND they will do anything - unethical, immoral and illegal to keep the imbalanced status quo. RISE UP Americans for equality, fair representation and justice for our entire country!

Father of Six

You live in the cradle of the petrochemical market and you're suggesting your fellow citizens vote to destroy it? RISE UP? Are you part of the BLM or Antifa wing of the democrat party?

natives5

In case you forgot, voting is the way the people RISE UP and take back their country. Would you prefer he stand down and stand by per trumps request? Or perhaps become a "patriot" and try to run the Biden campaign bus off the road? Absolutely appalling behavior and desperate actions by their futile attempts at intimidation and voter suppression.

Father of Six

And you forget it's a communist slogan.

natives5

That's right....it's a communist slogan if said by a non-Republican. The commentor clearly refers to voting yet you want to spin it to a communist slogan. Stay classy, Father of 6.

Father of Six

I'm pretty sure I'll never go to for acceptance or lessons in class. 60,000,000+ murdered and you think it's a choice. I'm pretty sure the aborted human wouldn't choose death. Classy?

natives5

Yes it's a choice by the female. More accessibility to birth control, through organizations like Planned Parenthood, might prevent high numbers of abortions. Yet states like Texas want to limit access to Planned Parenthood because they believe all they do is perform abortions. Education is key. And speaking of incoherent...

Father of Six

You know Natives at times I find you amusing and others you frustrate me to no end. You should know that a party that has no respect for human life is evil. Democrats care about only one thing and that is power. You live in Brazoria County which will no doubt vote Republican. Brazoria County will be punished by a democrat government. Like President Obama said " who's a#* should I kick"? Fortunately for me I will be fine no matter who is elected. Your community however will suffer under an administration that attacks and eliminates the oil industry. Do you not know what the primary feedstock of the chemical industry is? It's Oil and Joe Biden has pledged to eliminate it. Dow, BASF, Phillips, Shintec are all in jeopardy, but you want to preserve the government and stop a mean orange haired man. You are such a lost soul. 60,000,000+ dead Americans and you want to promote Planned Parenthood. I can only assume you don't believe in God.

Father of Six

Natives, I promise you this. We will wakeup on Wednesday and God will still be in control, and that's a wonderful thing. I promise you this too. I love you brother and I will buy your lunch or breakfast anytime and we will find common ground.

natives5

Apparently you weren’t taught about assumptions. It’s a catchy little phrase. Vote what’s important to you just as I will. The safety of my family is of utmost importance to me. The oil industry and abortion are your issues. That’s what’s still great about our country, we have a choice. I don’t think you need to leave the state or country because we view things differently; I believe we can coexist in spite of our differences. As Christians we should love one another, right?

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