SCOTUS To Hear Texas Gerrymandering Case

The Austin Statesman reports:

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday that it will review lower-court rulings that ordered Texas to redraw 11 political districts found to be discriminatory.

Texas officials appealed the rulings, which concluded that two congressional districts and nine Texas House districts were improperly drawn along racial lines in violation of the Voting Rights Act.

Acting on the Texas appeal, a divided court blocked efforts to redraw the maps in September to allow time to consider whether to grant Texas’ request to overturn the rulings. On Friday, the court announced that it combined the two appeals and will hear oral arguments this spring.

The Supreme Court is already considering similar gerrymandering cases out of Wisconsin and Maryland.

Texas Democrats react:

Today’s news again shines light on Greg Abbott and Texas Republicans’ pattern of discriminating against Texans of color. They didn’t just cheat to get an edge in a silly game, they silenced the voices minorities at the ballot box. We will again be before the Supreme Court to examine Texas Republicans’ stacking of the deck through systemic discrimination against people of color. This is a welcome development on the eve of MLK weekend, when we should all reflect on how discrimination continues to exist.

  • bkmn

    Dear SCOTUS, don’t fuck this up.

    • Bambino
      • Kelly Lape

        if by “fuck it up” you mean confirm the “states rights” to restrict the vote of minorities – then you understand why Mitch and his criminal coconspirators in the Senate stole a seat on the court.

    • unsavedheathen

      By simply agreeing to hear arguments in the spring, SCOTUS has already fucked this up royally. The decision will not be handed down until the last days of the term in early summer, long after Texas’ congressional primaries.(March 6) Had they demurred on hearing the case, as common sense, justice and decency would demand, Texas would have been forced to redraw districts now.

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  • Leo

    I don’t have a good feeling about this. Breyer may likely side FOR the gerrymander and Kennedy AGAINST based on past argument.

  • Dear Chief Justice Roberts,

    In a case like this, with America’s democratic republic and rule of law under a Constitution that is supposed to guarantee equal treatment and one-person/one-vote ideals, you and the court can be the heroes or the goats.

    Don’t be the goats.

    Most of humanity at this point

    • The_Wretched

      Roberts has already signaled his hostility to 1 person 1 vote.

      • Karl Dubhe 2

        Really? Crap. 🙁

      • Steverino

        Likely his solution to gerrymandering would be to rule that Democratic voters count as 3/5ths of a vote.

        • The_Wretched

          I am seeing what you are doing there.

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  • Ninja0980

    Why do I not have a good feeling about this?

    • Adam King


  • Hank

    Watch NC go to the Supreme Court after their last attempt at “Political” Gerrymandering, that was denied by the Federal Court!!!

  • Philly Mike

    This issue is THE issue of this decade. I heard someone on Bill Maher state the issue perfectly “Before gerrymandering the people elected the politicians now the politicians select the people.”

    • Jamie_Johnson

      Just this decade? I’m going with the most important issue of the 21st century thus far. Apartheid lasted the better part of 50 years. Isn’t that the Republican goal?

  • Tawreos

    OT: I’ll be back later the local news is going to answer an interesting question.

    • GeoffreyPS

      Cold weather –> snuggling for warmth –> dick!

    • That_Looks_Delicious


    • Jonty Coppersmith

      When the weather is hot and sticky, that’s no time to dip your dickie.
      When the frost is on the pumkin’, that’s the time for dickie dunkin’.

      • Silver Badger

        But, cold causes shrinkage!

    • boatboy_srq

      That Dr. Cox is opining on the matter makes that even more delicious.

  • JWC

    s an outsider it seems apparent that the GOP can not win an election unless conditions are bent in there favor

    • olandp

      You would be correct.

  • joe ho

    If voting were easy and fair, the GOP would never win another election, because of the demographics.

    From the very outset our nation was hostile to the idea of making voting easy, fair, and universal.

    The conservative SCOTUS knows this.

  • netxtown

    FWIW – A Ft. Worth MLK parade – in which Abbott was to be grand marshal – was cancelled. There was actually an organized protest of several hundred against having Abbot in the parade. Of course, “officially” the parade was cancelled due to lack of proper permits……

    • Franciscan

      Why would Abbott agree to be in a parade that lacked proper permits? Shouldn’t he be charged with aiding and abetting… ?

      • netxtown

        Greggy don’t need no stinking permits!

  • Richard

    That’s the only way Republicans can win, is to gerrymander the districts and then have their Republican friends in black robes look the other way……

  • bkmn

    Just learned that SCOTUS will be hearing two TX cases on redistricting.

  • Ann Kah

    When you’re done with Texas, try Ohio.

    • Phil2u

      NC has been slapped with orders to redraw.

  • Vista-Cruiser

    Not good. The Court is dominated by partisan Republicans. They’ll come up with some way to uphold all gerrymandering that benefits Republicans, and void any that benefits Democrats.