Explaining the Most Bizarrely Shaped Districts in Texas’s Proposed Congressional Map

Explaining the Most Bizarrely Shaped Districts in Texas’s Proposed Congressional Map

Texas-Redistricting-New-US-Congressional-District-Map_featThere’s nothing quite like lying on a nice patch of grass, trying to spot shapes in the fluffy cumulus clouds drifting by. Observing Texas’s congressional maps is a similar experience. For decades, the state’s U.S. House districts have been so wildly gerrymandered by the party in power—the GOP for the last generation and Democrats during the previous one—that their shapes can be downright psychedelic. On Monday, the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature unveiled its proposed map for the next decade—and fans of weird district shapes were not disappointed. While previous fan favorites such as Dan Crenshaw’s TX-2—a Mario Bros.–looking elongated pipe of a district—were reconfigured, there are plenty of entertaining newcomers to stare at. Most of the state’s handful of swing districts got a lot less swingin’. Republicans plan…View Original Post

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