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Texas / Politicians on the Run / Wolens, Branch Interview #728411

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, May 13, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Ardmore: Ed Lavandera) The efforts by Texas Republicans to catch the Democrats who have made a run for the Oklahoma border to avoid a vote on Congressional redistricting designed to vote them out of office featured; scenes shown from the shut-down state house in Austin & the Holiday Inn in Ardmore, Oklahoma. [Texas state house Barry TELFORD†- criticizes the redistricting map.] [Texas GOP chairman Sue WEDDINGTON†- says these Democrats are seen as childish & cowards.] [Texas caucus chairman Jim DUNNAM†- calls for the leadership in Austin to make the right decision.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with Democratic representative Steve Wolens† & Republican representative Dan Branch about this political debate. [From Ardmore, WOLENS†- outlines the principle of opposing gerrymandering in a partisan power grab; suggests the Republicans put this heavy-handed bill behind them.] [From Austin, BRANCH - defends periodic redistricting in the state; accuses the Democrats of subverting the political process.]

Brown, Aaron;
Lavandera, Ed

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