Every ten years, the federal government comes out with new census numbers, and certain Texas elected officials redraw our state and federal political maps to make sure that our political districts are fair based on the new numbers.
In the following video Harvey Kronberg of The Quorum Report, Ann del Llano of Southern Shift, and Carmen Llanes of PODER discuss the importance of redistricting in the 2010 elections, especially as it pertains to Texas.
We sat down and spoke with long time activist James Rucker about a number of topics including redistricting and gerrymandering. With the 2010 census looming, elections for particular seats around the country are taking on extreme importance since the winner will determine who gets to set lines that will determine new congressional and legislative districts for the next 10 years.
Rucker’s interview is part of a much longer, more indepth TV/ podcast feature we at The Southern Shift did focusing on how redistricting will effect Texas. Harvey Kronberg of the The Quorum Report noted that rediscrticting is the only political game in town with everything else including some of the big races being mere window dressing.