Lines in the Sand (häftad)
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University of Texas Press
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Lines in the Sand (häftad)

Lines in the Sand

Congressional Redistricting in Texas and the Downfall of Tom DeLay

Häftad Engelska, 2010-09-01
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The events of 2003 in Texas were important to the political history of this country. Congressman Tom DeLay led a Republican effort to gerrymander the state's thirty-two congressional districts to defeat all ten of the Anglo Democratic incumbents and to elect more Republicans; Democratic state lawmakers fled the state in an effort to defeat the plan. The Lone Star State uproar attracted attention worldwide. The Republicans won this showdown, gaining six additional seats from Texas and protecting the one endangered Republican incumbent. Some of the methods used by DeLay to achieve this result, however, led to his criminal indictment and ultimately to his downfall. With its eye-opening research, readable style, and insightful commentary, Lines in the Sand provides a front-line account of what happened in 2003, often through the personal stories of members of both parties and of the minority activist groups caught in a political vortex. Law professor Steve Bickerstaff provides much-needed historical perspective and also probes the aftermath of the 2003 redistricting, including the criminal prosecutions of DeLay and his associates and the events that led to DeLay's eventual resignation from the U.S. House of Representatives. As a result, Bickerstaff graphically shows a dark underside of American politics-the ruthless use of public institutional power for partisan gain.
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"The book is a compelling story of the Tom DeLay inspired mid-decade redistricting that rocked the state and riveted political junkies around the country." * Quorum Report * "Bickerstaff does a good job of putting an otherwise hard-to-grasp subject into terms a layperson can understand. And he teaches a lesson about one of the greatest political tragedies in recent Texas history. " * San Antonio Express-News *

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STEVE BICKERSTAFF is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas School of Law and has written extensively on redistricting. He is retired from the law firm he founded and lives in Austin, Texas.


Preface 1. The Significance of the 2003 Congressional Redistricting in Texas 2. Partisan Politics and Redistricting in Texas 3. Racial and Ethnic Politics 4. Electing the Right Republicans: The Republican Strategy for the 2002 Election 5. As Partisan as the Law Allows: Republican Strategy in 2003 6. Playing Defense: Democratic Strategy, 2001-2003 7. You Gotta Be Kidding! The 2003 Regular Session 8. No Better Option: The Democrats Break the Quorum in the House of Representatives 9. Personal Dilemmas: The First Special Session 10. Is There a Democratic Endgame? 11. Republican Triumph in the Senate 12. Redistricting by Cabal: The Final Redistricting Plan 13. The Effects of the Final Plan 14. The Dilemma for Racial- and Ethnic-Minority Lawmakers and Advocacy Organizations 15. The Role of Congressman Tom DeLay, Republican Activists and Donors, and the White House 16. The Legal Implications of the 2003 Redistricting 17. Criminal Investigations and Indictments 18. The Fall of Congressman DeLay 19. Conclusion Afterword Appendix: Maps, Photos, and Resources Notes Index