Commissioners Call Special Meeting to Approve Controversial New Dallas County Map

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Compare the new map above (much bigger here, even if it's impossible to tell which district is which without a magifnying glass) with the existing one.
If you want to be there when the Dallas County Commissioners Court votes on the new boundaries for the county, you'd best reshuffle your schedule: For whatever reason, the county has opted to call a special meeting for Monday at 8 a.m. during which the commissioners will vote to approve the map that swaps Districts 1 and 2. You remember the one. Here -- let Maurine Dickey remind you. Ah, it's all coming back now, isn't it? Yes, yes it is.

The Republican Dickey's still livid over the last-minute switcheroo that gave Democrat (what's that ... he's not a D, you say?) Mike Cantrell her district, even though no one in District 1 actually voted for Cantrell. She's not running again, of course; she's getting back into the family business, where the sausage-making is slightly less gruesome than at the county level. But Dickey's still making the case that Cantrell is getting an extra two years on the court, since District 1's seat comes open in 2012. Now that District 2's Cantrell is in District 1 -- or will be, following Monday's rubber-stamp by the court -- he gets to serve till 2014 since he was last elected in 2010.

"This is un-American for John Wiley Price to appoint the commissioner," says Dickey, since, after all, he was chief among the D's who surprised Dickey with the Democrat-friendly map back in June. She says there's no reason this couldn't have been done during Tuesday's regularly scheduled meeting. "They just don't want anyone there at 8 on a Monday morning. This whole court is going to have nobody look over their shoulder when I am gone. They're going to vote 5-0 when I am gone and make decisions behind closed doors."

Far as she's concerned, "Mike was appointed. I was elected from '08 through '12. They have taken me away, in their mind, and placed me in a district where nobody elected me. Then they appointed Mike to serve in a district where he was not elected. It's kind of like the old battle cry of taxation without representation. People have the right to elect their representative." Dickey, incidentally, says she's still talking to the AG's office, but the Department of Justice pre-cleared the map back in September.

The court order, which you will find on the other side, along with the new breakdown of precincts following the districts do-over, says the new map will go into effect January 1.  Unless someone files a lawsuit ... County Redistricting Court Order
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Rich
Rich

This map is a joke,  I assume that is has already been approved though and the downfall of Dallas County will continue. I just hope that District 3 will finally grow a brain and some brass and send John Wiley Price Packing, he has been a cancer in Dallas county long enough.

thomas
thomas

Dickey cut the deal with Price and Jenkins on the redistricting--voted for the map twice and then lo and behold-- surprise, dramatics and angst!  Good ridience to Dickey --she has cost Dallas County more money with all her good friends that are attorneys and insurance salesmen!

Spotter
Spotter

Don't know if it's a genuine slip or a tongue-in-cheek poke at Cantrell's alignment with Commissioner Price, but technically, Cantrell's a Republican, not a Democrat.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

The latter.

Spotter
Spotter

In that case, please accept my genuine and heartfelt amusement.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Though, I have slightly tweaked the item to make it slightly more clear, lest anyone else not get this far ...

ScarletDallas
ScarletDallas

This redistricting map is a FAR greater violation of the Voting Rights Act than the state redistricting maps for the Texas House that the courts rejected. I cannot believe that no one has challenged this BS. In the 2010 election cycle, the only member of the commissioner's court elected by the entire county, County Judge Clay Jenkins, garnered LESS THAN 50% OF THE VOTE. He barely beat Wade Emmert and likely only because a libertarian candidate siphoned off 4% of the total votes - presumably from Emmert. This is the mandate that JWP relies upon to say that 80% of the voting power of the Commissioners Court belongs to Dems? I get that they should have a majority - they won. But they already have a 3-2 majority on the Court. Price and his stooge Pippens-Poole and his drooling lackey Jenkins are going for broke. Newsflash - if you can't even get 50% of the actual countywide vote, you don't get 80% of the seats. Amazing how the Democratic Party files suit after suit complaining about redistricting when the GOP garners 55-60% of the statewide votes, but this - this is fair. Price is a crook and will soon be where he belongs - locked up.

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