Fool Us Twice, Shame on Us: Redistricting Hearings in West Texas
This time we were ready. When the Joint House/Senate Committee on Redistricting came to Lubbock on Wednesday, August 18, the ICC Theater was full of West Texas Democrats from all over the Panhandle Plains--from Amarillo, San Angelo, Big Spring, Hereford, Midland, Odessa, Plainview, Lubbock, and points in between. Democrats asked simply for fairness in redistricting; compact, competitive districts; recognition of changing demographics, and attention to communities of interest.
The Committee noted that the Lubbock hearing was the largest of the meeting they had had thus far and they were impressed by the number of people willing to testify, the quality of the presentations, and the energized grassroots of our region.
I am inviting any of the people who spoke to post their comments on this blog. Let us know what you think.