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Fri Jan 12, 2018, 05:31 PM

U.S. Supreme Court takes up fight over Texas electoral districts

Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a bid by Texas to revive Republican-drawn electoral districts for state legislative and U.S. congressional seats that were thrown out by a lower court for diminishing black and Hispanic votersí clout.

The high court in September put both lower court rulings that had invalidated the Republican-drawn districts on hold in September. The justices were divided 5-4, with the five conservatives backing the Texas Republicans and the four liberals dissenting, suggesting they could be similarly divided when they issue their eventual ruling on the merits of the case.

The case is the latest in which the justices will ponder a practice known as gerrymandering in which state electoral districts are drawn in a way that amplifies the power of certain voters -- in this case white voters -- at the expense of others. It is the latest voting rights dispute taken up by the justices.

The lower court rulings in the Texas case found fault with state legislative districts and U.S. House of Representatives districts drawn by the Republican-controlled state legislature in 2013.

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#U.S. LEGAL NEWS JANUARY 12, 2018 / 4:05 PM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO
Lawrence Hurley
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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-court-texas/u-s-supreme-court-takes-up-fight-over-texas-electoral-districts-idUSKBN1F12JZ

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 05:40 PM

1. This is Citizens United for Geography

We're about to lose more clout and make this a one party country

Back in the U.S.S.R.!

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 05:48 PM

2. Here it comes.. the final nail in the coffin.. democracy is dead.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 05:49 PM

3. McConnel stealing Supreme Court Seat

may long be remembered as a major step in America becoming a Fascist Government.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 06:03 PM

4. The Fifth District Court of Appeals, Reuters forgot to mention. Radical liberal court! Not!

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 06:51 PM

5. All these redistricting cases being heard. Is there a

pattern suggested as to intent as more are added?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 07:18 PM

6. Oh no

Their ruling will probably be "Whatever is best for the GOP".

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri Jan 12, 2018, 08:24 PM

7. Ann Richards is spinning in her grave. RIP Texas and USA!

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