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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

You Got Questions?

The Dallas Morning News has answers. On December 15, I asked a litany of questions having to do with what exactly would happen if we reverted back to the 2002 congressional lines. Eerily enough, Todd Gilman answered said questions three days later.

Essentially, the Republicans- the new freshmen- would get screwed. But isn't that always the case with freshmen?:

If the Supreme Court throws out the current Texas congressional map, the state could revert to lines used in 2002. But so much has happened since then that the mere thought gives heartburn to GOP strategists and politicians.

All five Republican freshmen would find themselves shifted into districts held by senior colleagues. Democrats would have a good shot at recapturing at least four of six seats that changed hands last year after redistricting.

"This could be a case of either the law of unintended consequences or the biblical verse of 'you reap what you sow,' " said Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Waco.

For specifics, go read the article.