by SIBYL WEST on APRIL 28, 2011
Texas, we have a problem.
The generation that wrote songs like Hey, Mr. Spaceman are now running the legislature. And the Senate is clearly the most “creative” department of our state government.
Yesterday those progressives went full force with their “creative” new and improved form of legislating and did a full end run around everything the elected State Board of Education has done for setting text book curriculum and dealing with the needs of public school students in Texas. How? By redistricting out or marginalizing people with whom they disagree.
It doesn’t get any more “creative” than that.
In essence they changed the voters in conservative districts. Now that is essentially what redistricting does – but in a representative republic the voters themselves are supposed to have a say in the process. And they had been calling their Republican senators for a couple of weeks asking them to vote for E118.
If you think that’s unfair you can go here and sign the petition!!
Why did Senator Kel Seliger reject the well-researched and constituent preferred E118 plan and not give it a hearing?
Hal: E118 (The O’Grady Plan which was approved and supported by conservative members of the SBOE) was NOT allowed to be heard…We are in deep trouble if floor amendments do not alter the targeting of conservatives on the SBOE.
Why was his obviously preferred plan E120 kept under wraps until 8:25 AM for an 8:30 AM hearing? Plan E118 had been available for a couple of weeks prior to the “creative” hearing.
The language was difficult to understand. Why were the analyses of E120 not made available until after the hearing was finished?
Was there a closed door meeting somewhere that we should know about? Maybe. Otherwise how did liberal Thomas Ratliff come out and testify for the map that was revealed mere minutes before?
“There was no 120 until this morning,” said Ken Mercer in a telephone interview Wednesday evening. He had been calling every senator over the past two weeks asking them to vote for E118. “How can you have a public hearing on a map that has just come out and that nobody has seen yet?” He said that Senator Dan Patrick, leader of the Tea Party Caucus, stood up and protested the measure.
“The bottom line,” said Mercer, “Is that this map may be on the senate floor – are you ready for this – as early as Friday. That’s how bad it is. I told a reporter ‘This is like saying conservatives need not apply’.”
And it gets worse.
Even if you’re a Hispanic like Charlie Garza, if you are conservative you’re out.
Some insights from eye-witness Hal:
Newly elected strong conservative Charlie Garza will have a very hard time getting re-elected as Midland Co. and Ector Co. were switched on the map (Midland was taken from Garza D-1 and given to Craig D-15 and vice-versa). Midland was a conservative stronghold for District 1 and helped elect a conservative Hispanic to the SBOE… however RINO Bob Craig had a viable conservative contender to run against him in 2012… by switching the two counties Bob Craig’s contender will not be able to run against him due to boundary conflicts.
Now it will be up to floor amendments to try and save conservatives on the SBOE.
Dear Democrat-progressive activist Senators, why can’t you cooperate? Does the end really justify the means? If you think so, as you apparently do, then what are you doing crafting laws?
Oh, I forgot. A lawyer’s job is to find loopholes and get around the rules. Silly me.