What we know about Cruz is that he talks, (and puts as much drama into it as possible -- hear about the times he forgot his wife was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and screamed that the CFR is a pit of vipers? Google it) Dewhurst DID these things. As to redistricting, our TExas legislature only meets for 140 days each 2 years. It is necessary to focus on what is required by the State Constitution and what is vital to pass. Time ran out as it was - after the Lt. Governor called for suspension of the rules on the TSA bill - it failed along party lines - with only about 4 hours filibuster by the Dems, so the Governor had to call a special session. Those run 30 days and only address issues specifically named by the Governor.