Here's a plum from the Wall Street Journal, via another informed Tweeter:
More tweets from Twitter, Wed 11:45am:
Note: Look closely at the first map and you can see that the proposed redistricting splits Hays County into three parts, each with its own congressional district – the 25th, 21st and new 35th. If you like multi-flavored ice-cream, you'll love this map! Travis County is chopped into four or five pieces (shish kebab anyone?) – a real testament to the extreme lengths Texas' GOP will go to skewer long time nemesis Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett, who heretofore has represented all of Hays County and a sizable slice of southeastern Travis County in the 25th District. The current and the new district look nothing alike.
Doggett, asked by the Austin Chronicle in a report today if he was willing to move to a more favorable district, said, "I'm ready to live in a Winnebago if that's what it takes."
Governor Perry has added congressional redistricting to the special session's agenda, which was followed by a release today of the proposed maps from the chairs of the House and Senate redistricting committees.
Update: Word is a public hearing on the composition of congressional districts (SB 4/Seliger) is scheduled Friday, June 2, 9am in Hearing Room E1.016 at the Capitol.
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As expected, the biggest winners are Texas Republicans, who would be favored to pick up three additional seats in the 36-seat House delegation.
The biggest regional winners are San Antonio (which would gain a seat) and West Texas (which should have lost a seat but didn’t). Two new Hispanic-majority districts would be created in South Texas.
The biggest regional losers are the Houston area, which gains only a sliver of an East Texas-based district that meanders north and then southeast to the Louisiana line, and Austin/Travis County, which is cut into five pieces to minimize Democratic influence.
Two incumbent congressmen are big losers: Democrat Lloyd Doggett of Austin, whose district is shredded and now stretches to the Tarrant County line, and Republican Joe Barton, whose district is transformed into a minority opportunity district for D-FW area Hispanics.
Most of the Houston-area lawmakers are only minimally affected. The biggest change is to the district of Ron Paul, R-Lake Jackson, who loses his political stronghold of Victoria and instead wanders east along the Gulf Coast toward Beaumont and Port Arthur.