Tune In Now For Today's Redistricting Fight

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Anna, of course, is at today's council briefing, where, Mayor Mike just said, they're going to spend the next 90 minutes or so fighting over the three council-submitted redistricting maps. She'll recap later today -- the mayor said they oughta wrap the chat at 11:30, though it could go longer. But if you're itching for a first-hand look at what's sure to be a spirited skirmish over such subjects as "four winnable African-American districts," in the words of Tennell Atkins, tune in here.

As Rawlings himself said moments ago, he's "disappointed with the council that we don't have one map" to OK; Delia Jasso and Atkins agree. Rawlings is also setting aside council rules that keep public speakers away from the open mic if they've appeared at the horseshoe in the last 30 days. Come one, come all. "Today is doomsday," Atkins just said, before hinting that he'd be happy to hash this out till the wee small hours of the morning. I sure hope not on both counts.

Update at 11 a.m.: Council just went behind closed doors and into executive session, earlier than expected. It would appear they're going to resume their chat at 1:15 p.m.

Update at 4:35 p.m.: If you're not watching the redistricting fight, you should. Long story short: The mayor took some council members ("a super council of three," in the words of a furious Scott Griggs) into a room to hash out a new map, which came out of the closed meeting at 3:45, which infuriated those not invited, among them Angela Hunt, Monica Alonzo, Griggs and Delia Jasso. A council divided. "This is my map," says the mayor. "Maybe I screwed up acting like this is a compromise. Every once in a while I have to go work, which is what I did." They're in recess till 5:30.
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community leader
community leader

I think he is showing all that he will not tolerate foolishness!

HUH?
HUH?

where did they go? All I hear is music?

Omar Jimenez
Omar Jimenez

So my question is, will they be happy for there seats if ethier:

A. They have 4 A.A. Seats that has to be from Southern DallasB. Doesn't matter where there from, as long as theres 4 black people in the houseshoe.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

They just went into executive session, earlier than expected -- by some 30 minutes. Anna's attempting to find out if they plan on voting a map out of council at 1:15. Stay tuned.

BCulbreath
BCulbreath

If That seem funny to you 4 AA  seats ,why don't you feel strange with White's being only 28% of population but  have 7seats.Blacks and Hispanics live all over Dallas but Districts are only in Southern Dallas.White people live in Southern Dallas.We all should be able to serve regardless to race but,it has been proven in Dallas Whites won't vote for blacks,Blacks vote for Whites and  Hispanics. Hispanic voting age,voters are lower than any other race that's not anyone fault but theirs,

Hasanmary
Hasanmary

Speak the truth and shame the devil.

Omar Jimenez
Omar Jimenez

I really didn't meant to be rule or racist. It was just a thought. The whole battle was about losing a seat for blacks and Hispaincs getting 5. My question was about if it was down to three, and if Lake Highlands elected a black person for example, will they be happy with that? So with 4, 8, 10. and 7 which would have Black Council members, or even 5 if Pleasant Grove elected a black person would they all be happy with that?

Hasanmary
Hasanmary

Question for you:  If hispanics won 1, 2,3,5,6 and 9, would they be happy with that?

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