Thursday, July 17, 2003

Texas Rethug Gerrymandering Runs into Further Difficulty

The effort by Texas State Republican representatives to hammer through a highly biased redistricting plan, previously thwarted by a Democrat walkout, has hit another snag.

'The Republican senator tasked with drawing his party's redistricting map angrily withdrew his proposal Wednesday and stormed out of a committee hearing, leaving fellow senators awaiting the much-anticipated unveiling in stunned silence. The move by Sen. Chris Harris, R-Arlington, caused an abrupt cancellation of a Senate Jurisprudence committee hearing, the panel charged with voting out a map that the Senate could debate. ... Harris' withdrawal casts further doubts on the already clouded fate of congressional redistricting efforts promoted by state and national Republican leaders.'

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