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Some background, for those who need it: Texas, thanks to explosive growth over the last ten years, picked up four Congressional Districts after the last Census. The Democrats, who are (naturally enough, I suppose) angry that this growth has been at the expense of their own caucus (the 2010 Census generally demonstrated that a lot of people have been voting with their feet on this entire Red State/Blue State paradigm), immediately threw the entire thing into the courts for alleged Voting Rights Act violations. A San Antonio court threw out the old maps, and put in redrawn ones that just happened to heavily favor the Democrats; and then the Supreme Court reached down from DC and mightily spanked the San Antonio court for that (although a 9-0 reversal is perversely impressive).
So, suitably chastened, the San Antonio court followed the Supreme Court’s instruction to draw interim election maps that actually paid attention to what the duly-elected Texas legislature came up with. The end result is that on the Congressional level… OK, it’s kind of complicated.
There were more or less four Congressional Districts that were particularly at issue.
All in all: the Republicans are happy enough; the Democratic groups that didn’t cut deals are… less so. The courts have scheduled primaries for May 29th, and the question now becomes whether a special court in DC will sign off on the San Antonio court’s decision. The problem here is that the primaries in Texas have already been delayed for months, and the lower courts have addressed the existing challenges by tweaking the maps instead of rewriting them… because the US Supreme Court came in with a mighty hammer to pummel them when they didn’t. Does this administration feels like risking another intervention, particularly since such an intervention would probably address the constitutionality of Section Five of the Voting Rights Act, once and for all?
It’s an interesting question. I almost hope that this administration is that stupid and arrogant, but not quite. The important thing is to have the freaking elections.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: I should note that the goal was not to make the four new Congressional Districts all solidly Republican; that was never going to happen. What the Texas legislature originally did instead was create 3 new majority-minority districts that were also Democratic-leaning, create 2 Republican-friendly seats, shore up the GOP’s 2010 gains (which included some genuine upsets), and wreck Lloyd Doggett’s day. And that’s how it pretty much all turned out.