Just talked to Bonilla’s office about the changes to his district in the congressional bipartisan compromise map. To satisfy the Supreme Court’s ruling that the split of Webb County in the Legislature’s 2003 redistricting plan, removing some 100,000 Latinos from his district, violated the Voting Rights Act, Bonilla agreed to take back part of the portion of Webb County that had been excised from his district. He also ended up with a sizeable part of south San Antonio and Bexar County. This is potentially dangerous territory, because it is the bailiwick of Ciro Rodriguez, the Democrat who represented the area in Congress from 1997 to 2004, when he lost a close and bitter primary battle to Henry Cuellar. Bonilla gave up Kendall and Kerr counties, which are staunchly Republican.
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