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1. Why does the 2020 census matter so much? I think it matters in a lot of states but few like it does Texas. If the GOP loses its grip on Texas, IMO, it's finished as an effective political party. Here's why. 36 House seats. 23 @GOP and 13 Dems. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_St…
2. My read of Texas' house and senate says 2020 may see the Dem's take one house. So the map is going to be difficult to gerrymander. Let's take a look at my new BFF & apparent #GRU troll farmer @DanCrenshawTX's TX 2nd. A classic gerrymander.
3. Now that political gerrymanders are okay with #SCOTUS, @TheDemCoalition's goal must be to take the Texas House and/or Senate. 16 of the 31 Senate seats are up in 2020 plus all the House seats. Both houses are close enough to be doable but I defer to Texas folks who know better 2019 Texas House 2019 Texas Senate
4. So if I read Texas redistricting practice correctly, Democrats' control of one of the houses after 2020 can stop the GOP from drawing the map. And that means it would go to court. But eventually it will get to the 5th Circuit and end my hopes of a Blue Lone Star state. #SAD
5. Maybe not. If @TheDemocrats control both houses of US Congress & the @WhiteHouse in 2021, we can pack the court and draw the districts to suit our political whim. The key is to gin up a huge TX turnout. That makes @JoaquinCastrotx a strong possible VP candidate IMO.
6. NB: He needs to start moving to the center on some of his immigration stands to be viable. But I can't blame him for trying to stop the outrageous avoidable harm the GOP is causing. I can't judge him but I do politics and the future comes fast.
7. I didn't agree with @BarackObama about everything but mostly did. But @TheDemocrats ball-dropping that attended the 2011 redistricting drove me absolutely nuts. I took ConLaw as an PolySci undergrad before law school and my professor was a gerrymanding expert.
8. Redistricting is the where the high-stakes political game is played. Now that Roberts court says political gerrymanders are okay, my rule is, don't get mad, get even. And owning the Texas map is a goal that we should should make a priority. 😎 @SpeakerPelosi @RepJeffries
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