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SCOTUS To Weigh In On Texas Redistricting

SCOTUS To Weigh In On Texas Redistricting

The conservative wing of the Roberts Court has made it clear it would like to take a bite at this part of the Voting Rights Act, and this could be their case to do so. On Friday the Supreme Court blocked a Texas redistricting plan drawn by a panel of federal judges, throwing the Roberts Court deep into a partisan battle over how the state’s electoral maps should change to recognizing Texas’ changing demographics.

Like many other states, the battle over how congressional districts will be drawn has taken over Texas. The Republican controlled legislature proposed a map that failed to satisfy the Voting Right Act “pre-clearance” requirement. Pre-clearance demands that several southern states with a history of intentional and purposeful minority disenfranchisement pre-clear any proposed changes to electoral maps with the Department of Justice. A federal court in Washington denied Texas’ initial request for approval and instead will hold a trial on claims that the legislature’s electoral map dilutes minority political power.

In the immediate, the move by the Supreme Court throws a wrench into the upcoming elections. Candidates had already begun to register and run under the districts drawn by the panel of federal judges, and the state’s March primaries will likely be delayed.

The aggressive push to gerrymander political power through redistricting is but one part of a larger conservative agenda to diminish democratic participation via restrictive voter ID laws. The Roberts Court has been quick to embrace voter restrictions so there’s plenty of reasons to think they’ll do so here as well.

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5:05AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

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4:40AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

William K. and David M. "You cannot currently send a star to William because you have done so within the last week."

These rethuglicans are despicable, contentious, bigoted, self-righteous, manipulative, psycho and sociopaths. Not a single one of them deserves to be in the public eye, (except perhaps as fugitives from true justice), and not a single one of them deserves to hold public office.

They are reprehensible and hopefully a breed about to go into pre-extinction death throes.

I am so glad I don't have children, I wouldn't want to risk something I love, being dragged into a collapsing nation, which is exactly what these "people" (and believe me I'm using the term lightly here) are trying to institute.

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You wanna find out what this country will wind up like if these people get control of it?

Wait till they require DNA submission at pharmacies in order to get your prescription filled.
Wait till they start a 'new war on drugs' with an Addiction Eradication Directive.
Wait till they have their paramilitary group ready to go (Blackwater)
Wait till they have a manufactured "Reason" to send them out into the streets (Occupy?)
Wait till they decide that peaceful protest = insurrection.
Wait till individuals start getting rounded up.
Wait till families start disappearing.
Wait till they start marching those families out into the streets for execution.
Wait till it's YOU.

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4:39AM PST on Dec 13, 2011

William K. and David M. "You cannot currently send a star to William because you have done so within the last week."

These rethuglicans are despicable, contentious, bigoted, self-righteous, manipulative, psycho and sociopaths. Not a single one of them deserves to be in the public eye, (except perhaps as fugitives from true justice), and not a single one of them deserves to hold public office.

They are reprehensible and hopefully a breed about to go into pre-extinction death throes.

I am so glad I don't have children, I wouldn't want to risk something I love, being dragged into a collapsing nation, which is exactly what these "people" (and believe me I'm using the term lightly here) are trying to institute.

--

You wanna find out what this country will wind up like if these people get control of it?

Wait till they require DNA submission at pharmacies in order to get your prescription filled.
Wait till they start a 'new war on drugs' with an Addiction Eradication Directive.
Wait till they have their paramilitary group ready to go (Blackwater)
Wait till they have a manufactured "Reason" to send them out into the streets (Occupy?)
Wait till they decide that peaceful protest = insurrection.
Wait till individuals start getting rounded up.
Wait till families start disappearing.
Wait till they start marching those families out into the streets for execution.
Wait till it's YOU.

Wanna find out what it's gonna be like? Read Wednesday's Child by JA Carl

2:46PM PST on Dec 12, 2011

This will be interesting.

1:25PM PST on Dec 12, 2011

I live in red Texas and am so disheartened since my progressive vote just doesn't count here. Do I trust SCOTUS? They'll probably vote 5-4 again. Oh, and our own DMV just voted 5-4 to put Christian crosses on all license plates no matter what religion or non religion we are and that's after huge numbers of petitions against those votes were sent! Progressives could be a majority here in TX but it looks like manipulation & gerrymandering of redistricting will always electorally make us a red state.

1:14PM PST on Dec 12, 2011

Steven, in case you haven't noticed… we don't have mob rule here. We are a republic of laws.

9:03AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

Occupy SCrOTUS!!!

7:42AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

Texas,in the next election, will probably be the Florida of the 2000 election! We got the republicans here jacking with the government so what else would you expect! Keep Watching!

7:38AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

William K you get it man. Now in in my opinion the supreme court should be impeached for that and the citizens united ruling. IMO they make rulings based on political affilation not the constitution. the appointment confirmation process for the SCOTUS needs to be reformed so it is not based on political affiliations or ideaology just the constution. So that No justice no matter what political their beliefs can legislate from the bench so no side can make the claim of an activist judidiary even if means a amendment to the constitution. Time to clean house

6:38AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

I am so sick and tired of our pandering to "minorities"!

Are we not ALL of us - AMERICANS???

Therefore why should we label some as "minorities" who then expect their "rights" to be legislated even if the rest of us - the "majority" - do not agree?

If you're part of a so-called "minority group" and you're not happy with your lot - don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out! The rest of us are not going to change our way of life to suit you!

This Texas redistricting thing is just another example of how socialists (in both the Democrat and Republican parties) have trashed the constitution by giving to the federal government, powers that the constitution reserves for the states!

Wake up America!

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