TEXAS: IT’S LIKE A WHOLE OTHER COUNTRY
PoliBlogger has been writing a bit here lately about the strange goings on in the Texas Legislature, where Democrats have staged a walkout. Kevin provides an interesting map that illustrates the redistricting controversy.
If this is correct, the districting plan shown clearly violates recent Supreme Court guidance that districts have to be contiguous and all that. Those cases were in the context of racial gerrymandering–so-called “majority minority districts”–so it’s possible that the fact that race isn’t an explicit factor obviates those rulings here.
Update: As noted in the comments section, the maps and Kevin’s description of what it shows are at odds. I concur with PoliBlogger that this district is almost certainly defensible.