Gov. Perry’s Choices on Texas State Board of Education Redistricting Map

DONNA GARNER - Educator for 33 years and was appointed by President Reagan, Currently Grassroots Activist Writer

Reports from Donna Garner on the Texas State Board of Education Redistricting Map will be extremely important in the days to come. Via a staffer from Gov. Perry’s Legislative Office,  HB 600, which is the Texas State Board of Education redistricting map, was sent to Gov. Perry on May 6, 2011.  According to the timeline as set by law, Gov. Perry has until May 18 to make a decision.   

Sen. Seliger’s rogue E120 (HB 600) is the map that was sent to Gov. Perry’s desk.  


Gov. Perry is one of the most conservative Governors in the entire United States and because he is the Chairman of the Republican Governors Association the decisions that he makes in Texas will set precedence for the rest of the Governors across the Country.  Which could be why Obama is picking battles with him and showed up in El Paso, Texas.  The question is will he “Stand With Us” or will he stand with the Moderate Republican Establishment. 

Gov. Perry’s phone numbers:  1-800-252-9600; 512-463-1782;



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 Texas Research Division of the Texas Legislative Council. Guide to 2011 Redistricting. Austin: July 2010  

The rules for Senate and House redistricting maps follow one set of rules. The rules for Congressional and Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) redistricting maps follow yet another set of rules. One big difference between the two sets of rules is that the Congressional and SBOE redistricting maps do not ever go to the Legislative Redistricting Board.


 Redistricting bills follow the same path through the legislature as other legislation.

Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) redistricting bills may be introduced in either or both houses. 

Following final adoption by both houses, the SBOE redistricting bill is presented to Gov. Perry for approval. 

(1)  Gov. Perry may sign the bill into law. 

(2)  Gov. Perry may allow it to take effect without a signature. 

(3)  Gov. Perry may veto it.

 If the SBOE bill is vetoed and cannot be overridden with a 2/3 majority in each of the two houses, Gov. Perry may call a special session to consider the matter; or the matter may be taken up in state or federal district court. 

The final SBOE plan is filed with the Texas Secretary of State and is subject to federal preclearance under the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  The plan adopted, in most cases, becomes effective for the following primary and general elections, pending preclearance and judicial review. 


On 4.27.11, Sen. Seliger threw E120 into his Senate Redistricting Committee meeting 15 minutes before the meeting was to start, thus giving the public no time to view it on the Legislative online District Viewer, no time for SBOE members to debate it, no time for those opposed to it to prepare their testimonies, no time even for the accompanying report with the data and statistics to support E120 to be handed out to the committee members.  They voted for E120 without even seeing the supportive data.   

Then on 4.29.11 when Seliger’s rogue SBOE/E120 was brought to the floor of the Senate, a map that the majority of the SBOE members preferred (E118) and championed by Sen. Dan Patrickwas tabled without Senators having a chance to discuss the data supporting E118.   

 When HB 600 (Sen. Seliger’s rogue E120) was passed in the Senate on 4.29.11, the only two Republican Senators who voted against it were Sen. Brian Birdwell and Sen. Dan Patrick.  Please take time to thank both Sen. Birdwell and Sen. Patrick. 


 “Gov. Perry, please stand with us.” 

This powerful video made by Texas Tea Party Leaders, Grassroots Republican Leaders  has been sent out not only to Gov. Perry but to all of our Texas Legislators.  


We will not go away, and our numbers are growing with each new outrage during this Legislative Session.  The elections of 2012 are just around the corner, and we will not forget those Legislators who stood with us and those who stood against us.



About Alice Linahan

Alice Linahan is a Conservative, politically-active Texas Mom who has worked hard in the trenches of the Tea Party movement. As an active Real Estate blogger turned online newspaper owner, Alice launched Resolute Media Group along with two partners. It quickly grew into playing an integral part in holding politicians and the progressive/liberal media accountable by getting real stories out to Americans across the country using social media integration and Resolute Media’s “North Texas Navigator”. Now Alice has launched Voices to Action Consulting. Alice is working hard to train boots on the ground activists using social media techniques to get accurate information out to the passive majority of Americans. In addition she is working on projects at both the state and national level to save our Country from attacks from within our own borders. In addition I am currently on the Advisory Board for a new series of e-books by Harper-Collins entitled "Voices of the Tea Party". I have been published in such publications as Focus on the Family's Citizen Magazine and am board member of Women on the Wall, an organization working on building a safe and prosperous Texas for our children and grandchildren to thrive.
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