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Tuesday, May 13, 2003


Texas Dems show Dean backbone

posted by Aziz P. at Tuesday, May 13, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
One of the grossest abuses of power by a majority party is to abuse the redistricting process. By "gerrymandering" districts to favor one party's demographic base, the politicans end up choosing the voters, instead of the other way around. The GOP in Texas has chosen to ignore the budget crisis (exacerbated by Bush's unfunded mandates), and instead of doing what's right for Texas, attempted to tighten their grip on power.

Yesterday, a group of Texas House representatives stood up for their principles, and in a brilliant move, broke the quorum[1] to prevent the GOP redistricting bill from passing.

The sheer courage and idealism on display by these Texas Democrats makes me proud to be a Texan transplant. What's more, it's exactly the kind of take-our-country-back attitude that Dean has personified. In the heartland of the GOP and the home turf of George Bush, we have scored a major victory, due to a sacrifice by 53 honorary residents of Deanistan. Their names are:

Roberto Alonzo, Dallas
Kevin Bailey, Houston
Lon Burnam, Fort Worth
Gabi Canales, Alice
Jaime Capelo, Corpus Christi
Joaquin Castro, San Antonio
Garnet Coleman, Houston
Robby Cook, Eagle Lake
Yvonne Davis, Dallas
Joe Deshotel, Beaumont
Dawnna Dukes, Austin
Jim Dunnam, Waco
Harold Dutton, Houston
Craig Eiland, Galveston
Dan Ellis, Livingston
Juan Escobar, Kingsville
David Farabee, Wichita Falls
Jessica Farrar, Houston
Pete Gallego, Alpine
Timoteo Garza, Eagle Pass
Ryan Guillen, Rio Grande City
Scott Hochberg, Houston
Terri Hodge, Dallas
Mark Homer, Paris
Chuck Hopson, Jacksonville
Jesse Jones, Dallas
Pete Laney, Hale Center
John Mabry, Waco
Trey Martinez-Fischer, San Antonio
Ruth Jones McClendon, San Antonio
Jim McReynolds, Lufkin
Jose Menendez, San Antonio
Joe Moreno, Houston
Paul Moreno, El Paso
Elliott Naishtat, Austin
Rick Noriega, Houston
Rene Oliveira, Brownsville
Dora Olivo, Missouri City
Aaron Pena, Edinburg
Joe Pickett, El Paso
Robert Puente, San Antonio
Chente Quintanilla, Tornillo
Richard Raymond, Laredo
Allan Ritter, Nederland
Eddie Rodriguez, Austin
Patrick Rose, Dripping Springs
Jim Solis, Harlingen
Barry Telford, DeKalb
Senfronia Thompson, Houston
Carlos Uresti, San Antonio
Mike Villarreal, San Antonio
Miguel Wise, Weslaco
Steve Wolens, Dallas

If one of these heroes is your representative in Texas, write to them and express your support. And I hope Dean weighs in, because these courageous representatives have put their careers on the line - and their freedom. Gov. Perry has authorized the Texas Rangers to forcibly return them to Austin. They need all the support they can get.

[1] I analyse this amazing drama at UNMEDIA in more detail, and liken it to the famous Kobayashi Maru test in Star Trek II, the Wrath of Khan. Like Kirk, I don't like to lose. Dean is our Kirk.


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