Breaking Supreme Court News-Tom DeLays districting plan takes a hit.
The Supreme’s today shot down a portion of Tommy boy’s grand plan to remake the Texas voting districts in his and the Republican’s image. The higher court did affirm that states have the right to reset the lines of voting districts whenever they feel like it. A quote from the MSNBC article about the redistricting laws of Texas:
“On a different matter, the court ruled 7-2 that state legislators may draw new maps as often as they like — not just once a decade as Texas Democrats claimed. That means Democratic and Republican state lawmakers can push through new maps anytime there is a power shift at a state capital.
The Constitution says states must adjust their congressional district lines every 10 years to account for population shifts. In Texas the boundaries were redrawn twice after the 2000 census, first by a court, then by state lawmakers in a second round promoted by DeLay after Republicans took control.That was acceptable, the justices said.”
On the subject of the boundaries set by Tommy and his cronies the justices had this to say:
“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. The vote was 5-4 on that issue.” *snip* “We reject the statewide challenge to Texas redistricting as an unconstitutional political gerrymander,” Kennedy wrote. However, he said the state’s redrawing of District 23 violated the Voting Rights Act.”
Thanks to TruthOut for posting this newest bitch-slap to Tommy’s grand plan to rule the world.