Wednesday, September 13, 2017

SCOTUS temporarily bails out Texas' Congressional Delegation

"But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."
Revelation 21:8

On the one hand, a positive development:
The U.S. Supreme Court has dealt a serious setback to those hoping Texas would see new congressional and House district maps ahead of the 2018 elections.

In separate orders issued Tuesday, the high court blocked two lower court rulings that invalidated parts of Texas' maps where lawmakers were found to have discriminated against voters of color. The justices’ 5-4 decisions stay the rulings — which would have required new maps — as they take up an appeal from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.


The development could upend efforts to get a new map in place ahead of the 2018 elections. After years of legal wrangling, Texas and the minority rights groups suing over the maps were finally set to hash out new maps in court last week, but those hearings were canceled as the Supreme Court asked for responses from the minority rights groups to the state’s emergency request for the high court to intervene.
On the other hand, Congress has the authority to permanently shut down this farce...yet Texas' congressional delegation continues to do NOTHING.

Even if we manage to make it through this election cycle with the current map in place, so long as the current Federal law remains the same, does anyone believe:

  • a) They won't be back in 2020 attempting to pick off a seat or two during a presidential year?!?
  • b) Another round of lawsuits won't follow the next round of redistricting?!?
Bottom Line: Yesterday's decision was better than the immediate alternative, but as long as the current vague Federal statutes remain on the books this ongoing fiasco will continue.

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