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By Anthony Lauriello     11/30/11 6:00pm


Texas redistricting plan revised by court

The Republicans in Texas drew up an election map

But the Democrats went to court and said it was a trap

To disenfranchise minorities in a way against the law

So a new map the three Texas justices did draw

It gives Democrats new seats and so now the Republicans howl

And complaining of judicial interference

they ask Scalia to cry fowl

So now the Supreme Court will decide if the districts are fair

And which party will win, and which politician will run where.

The Supreme Court will now decide whether to accept Texas' Attorney General's plea to reject a three justice panel's redistricting map which would be an advantage to the Democratic party both in Texas and nationally.

Barney Frank not running for reelection

There once was a man named Barney Frank

A liberal congressman with distinguished rank

But then his district got remade

And farewell to the capitol he bade

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) announced he would not seek reelection. The staunchly liberal and openly gay congressman had been a champion of progressive causes, but a tougher district after the 2010 census and Frank's claimed frustration with Congress contributed to his decision to leave public office.

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