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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-27-11 06:54 PM
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US court won't block its Texas redistricting map

US court won't block its Texas redistricting map

November 26, 2011 at 5:05 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A federal court is refusing to block a congressional redistricting map it drew up for Texas after minority groups challenged the original Republican-backed plan.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott had asked the San Antonio-based court to stay the implementation of its map, which would ensure minorities made up the majority in three additional Texas congressional districts for the 2012 election.

The court turned down the Republican's request Friday evening. Abbott plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The court drew the maps after minority groups sued, claiming a redistricting plan devised by the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature didn't reflect growth in the state's Hispanic and black populations


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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-28-11 09:20 AM
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1. The federal court didn't but Abbott is gambling that Scalia will pick it up
There is a lot more discussion and links on the Court Drawn Maps thread here:

The most interesting thing I found was the backgrounder on the Texas Redistricting blog about how hard it is to get a stay from SCOTUS in this type of case. Even if they have more Rs on that court than Ds, the bar is really high. The Texas Ds couldn't get a stay on the Delay drawn map either last time.

Lets hope that their man Scalia won't even bother to pick it up, or if he does that the others won't buy jumping into the game.

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