TEXAS DEMOCRATS LOSE IN COURT
A three-judge federal appeals panel on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Democrats in the state Senate who had hoped to derail a new round of Republican-led congressional redistricting in Texas.
The Democrats argued that Senate rule changes by Republicans to further the redistricting effort violated federal law. The judges, who listened to two hours of arguments Thursday in Laredo, dismissed those claims.
The ruling represented another setback for Democrats who have been fighting for several months to thwart GOP efforts to redraw the state’s congressional map. They say it would hurt minority representation in Congress.
What the Texas Republicans are doing is certainly within their prerogative, so this is the correct ruling. I continue, however, to believe that mid-cycle redistricting is a violation of the norms of politics that have evolved over the years and sets a horrible precedent.