Emails to PolitiFact Texas, Daniel Rodriguez, Seguin, Texas
May 30, 2012
this is my claim, please investigate it. i think many readers of the AAS would find it intriguing! :
"No city of comparable size (or smaller) has as many congressional representatives as does Austin, due to the Republican-made 2012 districts for the city. Austin now has 4 (or 5 depending on the count!) members of the US Congress for whom Austin is partially represented by them."
Democrats like me are outraged at this travesty, of course. It is very un-American and not in keeping with the democratic spirit of true representation. Austin no longer has one solid voice in the US Congress. Outrageous. The repugs divvied up the vote.
July 9, 2012
the National Journal link shows an example of the total destruction of the unified voice many cities used to have.
Austin now has 4 House members. here are the crunched numbers based on 2010 data and new maps for 2012 thru 2020:
indianapolis, pop 800,000 approx: 2 members
austin, pop 800,000 approx : 4 members
san francisco, pop 800,000 : 2 members
columbus, oh, pop 800,000 : 2 members
baltimore: pop 700,000 approx: 2 members
detroit&suburb inside city limits: pop 680,000: 1 member
las vegas, henderson, and north las vegas, pop 1.8 million. approx: 3 members.
clearly, austin has 2 too many members.