Court nixes part of Texas political map

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Court nixes part of Texas political map

Associated Press
Last updated: 10:16 a.m., Wednesday, June 28, 2006

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday threw out part of a Texas congressional map engineered by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, saying some of the new boundaries failed to protect minority voting rights.

The fractured decision was a small victory for Democratic and minority groups who accused Republicans of an unconstitutional power grab in drawing boundaries that booted four Democratic incumbents out of office.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority, said Hispanics do not have a chance to elect a candidate of their choosing under the plan.

Republicans picked up six Texas congressional seats two years ago, and the court's ruling does not seriously threaten those gains. Lawmakers, however, will have to adjust boundary lines to address the court's concerns.

At issue was the shifting of 100,000 Hispanics out of a district represented by a Republican incumbent and into a new, oddly shaped district. Justices had been told that was an unconstitutional racial gerrymander under the Voting Rights Act, which protects minority voting rights.
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    WesternskyWesternsky Posts: 363
    Doesn't really help matters any, especially considering that overall it was a big win for Rs and Delay across the state.
    It's a disturbing end to a troubling turn of events in terms of redisticting. I'm not sure people are really getting the implications this ruling could have.
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