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Thanks to the Supreme Court, Wendy Davis Will Probably Lose Her Senate Seat

Thanks to the Supreme Court, Wendy Davis Will Probably Lose Her Senate Seat

Written by Igor Volsky

On the very same day that Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) drew national attention for stopping a bill that would have closed every abortion clinic in the state and outlawed abortion after 20 weeks, the Supreme Court gutted the law that kept her in office in the first place.

In fact, just an hour before Davis launched into her 13-hour filibuster on Tuesday, the Supreme Court struck down a portion of the Voting Rights Act that kept discriminatory voting laws from going into effect in areas of the country with histories of disenfranchisement. That includes states like Texas, where in 2011 the GOP sought to change the demographic composition of Davis’ district, who was elected in 2008 with strong support from minority voters.

As MSNBC’s Zachary Roth reported, lawmakers moved “tens of thousands of black and Hispanic voters into neighboring districts” and as a result, “of the 94 precincts that were over 70 percent minority, Republicans cut out 48,” effectively separating black and Hispanic voters and preventing them from forming a sizable majority.

Davis and the Department of Justice used Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act — which allows the federal government to review election changes in areas of the country with a history of racial discrimination — to challenge the changes in court. In August of 2012, a panel of federal judges found that “substantial surgery” was done to predominantly black districts, cutting off representatives’ offices from their strongest fundraising bases, and blocked the changes.

“The map-drawers consciously replaced many of the district’s active Hispanic voters with low-turnout Hispanic voters in an effort to strengthen the voting power of [the district’s] Anglo citizens,” the judges wrote and accused Texas officials of trying to decrease the effectiveness of minority voters.

Following the ruling, Davis’s district lines were mostly restored and she was re-elected “by a nearly identical margin to her 2008 victory.”

But that victory could be short lived. Just two hours after the Supreme Court’s ruling on Tuesday, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced that the state would advance a voter ID law and the very same redistricting map that was designed to keep Davis out of office.

This post was originally published at ThinkProgress.

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4:37AM PDT on Jul 6, 2013

Thank you ThinkProgress, for Sharing this!

1:59PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

Thank you for the article and all 74 comments from the members. It was a pleasure reading them. I learned a lot from you all.

3:29AM PDT on Jul 1, 2013

Sigh...noted.

11:01PM PDT on Jun 30, 2013

This woman wants to murder viable babies. I think she is a slime bag.

6:02PM PDT on Jun 30, 2013

Kudos to Ron B! That was one brave, gutsy lady who stood up against the Supreme Court----which is just about everything but supreme. Those monsters are trying their damndest to break down our democracy with all the shenanigans they have pulled in the last few years. In fact, how they ever got by with half of their rules and regs, I cannot fathom. They are so obviously against this country and everything it stands for, as well as its citizens, that one would have to be blind not to see through them. Well, it appears that there are many blind Americans out there. eh wot?

11:52PM PDT on Jun 28, 2013

And the SCOTUS, well at least the 5 Injustices, says that the law as originally written is not needed because things have changed and there isn't the same degree of discrimination as there had been? BS. Discrimination is alive and well and living high off the hog in Republican/Teabagger states. And Republican/Teabagger are doing everything in their power to maintain their POWER so they can feed their GREED!

9:43PM PDT on Jun 28, 2013

Thanks

8:37PM PDT on Jun 28, 2013

And of course, that was the whole point of the Supreme Court decision. It's so hard to run a country with all of these blasted minorities using their rights to vote to get people elected they think will represent them. How dare a Latino vote for a Latino and get enough buddies to vote for him to get him into office.

Here's the fun fact...most of these people are democrats. Very few women and minorities in public office are republican. This is a war on religious freedom. The republicans are bound and determined that everyone in this country are going to lead their lives according to the extreme fundamentalist religious principles of the members of the republican, even if they have to run the country into the ground to do it. Thing is, democrats seem to want to erect totalitarian rule and a police state.

Who represents your point of view. I'll be honest, I've had it. I'm pro-second amendment, so that means I have to side with a party that wants to enslave women and persecute anyone who isn't white and straight. I'm pro-choice, but that means I have to side with a party that believes it's perfectly alright to arrest citizens and hold them indefinitely without charges(NDAA 2012) and to murder people on suspicion without investigation or due process.

This no compromise style of politics is BS, it's abusive, and it's sickening. These people are the scum of the Earth.

8:34PM PDT on Jun 28, 2013

And you still persist in calling the U S A a Democracy?

7:15PM PDT on Jun 28, 2013

I HAVE SAID BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT IS A JOKE.....WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO HAVE SOME CONTROL OVER IT NOT JUST PRESIDENT AND/HOUSE/SENATE...........THESE PEOPLE MAKE LAWS THAT AFFECT....!!!!!!!US!!!!!!!, AND WE HAVE NO SAY ABOUT THEM....AND THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE THERE FOR...LIFE?????????????????, THAT IS...WRONG....THERE ARE PEOPLE ON SUPREME COURT THAT IS NOT FOR THE PEOPLE....THEY MAKE LAWS THAT DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. WE NEED TO FIGHT..... THESE JUDGES ARE DANGEROUS................AND ARE NOT FOR US.........ONCE AGAIN IT POINTS TO GOP/RICH.....WHO SEEM HAVE MORE CONTROL THAN THEY SHOULD.........AND IT IS HURTING OUR......COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. DIANA.

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