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Inside Texas Politics: As redistricting begins, here’s what Republicans and Democrats are expecting – Riverside, California

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At this week’s Inside Texas Politics, host Jason Whitely spoke to Texas Republicans and Democrats about their expectations for a constituency change.

Dallas — Texas Parliamentarians return to another special session, and a rare constituency change exercise begins on Monday in Austin.

At this week’s Inside Texas Politics, host Jason Whitely spoke to Texas Republicans and Democrats about their expectations for a constituency change and a preview of the upcoming political war.

Senator Royce West: Proceedings

Senator Royce West of D-Dallas said the repartitioning process should be relatively straightforward, as most of Texas’s growth has been driven by ethnic minorities, given the figures for population growth here in Texas over the last decade. Is called.

“And because of its good view, more and more African-Americans, Latino-Americans, and other ethnic groups should be the dominant forces in the district or the key forces in the Opportunity district.” Said Senator West. Internal politics.

But the Democrats quickly followed the statement with a powerful “but”, reminding everyone that the Republicans dominate the process. Therefore, they are widely expected to draw politically advantageous maps. Senator West, who was first elected to the Texas Senate in November 1992, should be aware that he has experienced this process several times.

“Proceedings will occur,” he said.

In the third special session, lawmakers will need to redraw the political map of Congress, the Texas House of Representatives, and the Texas Senate. Even a map of the state school board gets a new boundary.

Senator West says that Senator seats are always back and forth.

“I know there are rumors that the Republicans are trying to win another Legislative seat, so the question is where it is,” Democrats meditated openly. “Given the 2020 election results, they seem to be moving forward in southern Texas.”

Republicans have made great strides in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in the last presidential election, making many races more competitive, amazing, and Democratic. Senator West sees that region of the state as a major battlefield during the current constituency change cycle.

Congressmen also need to deal with two new parliamentary seats when redrawing these maps as a result of Texas’ population growth.

“As for parliamentary seats, both must be democratic parliamentary seats given the growing population. But the Republicans just lie down and these two without the Democrats fighting in court. I’m not going to allow you to have a seat in Congress. “

Related: Governor Greg Abbott announces dates and agenda for third special session

Republicans say voters, not lawmakers, decide who will win the constituency change battle

Expect the drama and political war in Austin to continue by reorganizing the front and central issues in the third special session.

Texas will win two new parliamentary seats as a result of population growth over the last decade. Despite the fact that the Republican Party controls the process and it is widely believed that both districts benefit Republican candidates, R-Woodville Rep. James White said voters both benefit Republicans. He states that he has a final opinion on whether to bring.

“The final answer to your question is November 2022. It’s people’s choice, not necessarily committee or housefloor people,” the Republican Party told Inside Texas Politics. “People will eventually choose someone who will continue to serve them in the Texas State Parliament.”

This is Congressman White’s second constituency change cycle. And he remembers 2011, so be careful with the assumptions.

“We have started a session with 101 Republicans, the so-called majority,” he said. “I think I lost 7, 8 and 9 seats in 2012.”

Republicans also point out 2018. This is an interim election using the GOP management map created in 2011 with some changes in 2012 and 2014.

“The Democratic Party has won numerous seats in the House and Senate,” White said.

In the third special session, lawmakers will need to redraw the political map of Congress, the Texas House of Representatives, and the Texas Senate. Even a map of the state school board gets a new boundary.

Legislators have 30 days to achieve it all. Do they have time to work on something else on the five-item agenda?

“I think it’s very likely. Since 2011, what I’ve found in Austin is that you can really do what you want,” said a Republican.

Related: That’s why Texas’s next political battle for constituency changes is so important to you

State-wide headings

Los Ramsey, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune, attended the show for the latest information on the biggest headlines in Texas politics.

The most important question in the legislature: will the Republicans overrun the Democratic Party, or will they be able to gain something from the constituency change?

I’ve also seen courts try to sort out the failure of the state foster care system for years. The other day, a federal judge was good enough. What will happen next?

After a devastating winter, El Paso is now leading Texas in vaccination

As the dangerous Delta variant breaks through Texas, El Paso has so far avoided the worst surge. And the mayor says it’s the vaccination rate that makes the difference. 74.7% of all El Pasoans over the age of 12 are fully vaccinated. He says it’s the highest rate in the state. And one major group has even better immunization rates.

“One of our biggest focus was over 65 years old. And today we can say that 97.2% are vaccinated with the first vaccine over 65 years old. And 88.9% of citizens over 65 years old “I’m completely vaccinated,” said Mayor Oscar Rieser inside Texas politics.

Ten months ago, Lieser said El Paso was the worst city in the country for COVID-19 infections. At the end of last year, the city was one of the most active hotspots for the disease in the country.

Lieser said the situation could turn around after the city and county’s public and private sector leaders came together to develop a community plan. Most of them were the new COVID-19 dashboard launched to keep residents up to date.

Reporter Round Table

Texas Tribune’s Roth Ramsey, Bad Kennedy and Fort Worth Star Telegram have joined WFAA’s political producer Bernadine Steptoe for a press roundtable. They discussed with key opponents of Attorney General Ken Paxton what the failed recall effort against California Governor Gavin Newsom had to do with Texas abortion law.

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