The Democratic Angle on Redistricting
Matt Angle, the Haltom City boy who used to be chief o' staff for Martin Frost, is at present the treasurer of the Fred Baron-founded Texas Democratic Trust. He's also head of the Lone Star Project, dedicated to making sure "all of the new districts coming to Texas should be used to bring racial, ethnic, and political balance to the Texas Congressional delegation," and good luck with all that. Anyway. It's in that capacity that The National Journal Q&A'd with Angle about redistricting today.
Read the whole thing. But till then, this relevant excerpt:
The Hotline: Texas is slated to gain four seats and population growth has been in the urban areas mostly. If you had your way, where would you draw the new districts?
MA: Where the population growth is not nearly as important as who it is. So what I would do is with all four districts I would use them to repair and improve the voting strength of people of color. Texas clearly should get two additional Hispanic districts. I believe those can be drawn in north Texas -- in Dallas -- and I believe the other can be drawn in the San Antonio to Austin corridor. And then I believe the other two districts should be used to realize the voting strength for minorities.
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