Wednesday, June 27, 2018

On Redistricting, Paxton secures Temporary Reprieve from CONGRESSES. ONGOING. FAILURE....

"And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
Matthew 10:28

First things first, some very good news:
Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Texas’ House and congressional redistricting maps, except with respect to one Texas House District (HD 90):

“I’m grateful that the U.S. Supreme Court restored the rule of law to the redistricting process. The court rightly recognized that the Constitution protects the right of Texans to draw their own legislative districts, and rejected the misguided efforts by unelected federal judges to wrest control of Texas elections from Texas voters,” Attorney General Paxton said. “This is a huge win for the Constitution, Texas, and the democratic process. Once again, Texans have the power to govern themselves.”

Last year, a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court in San Antonio invalidated two of Texas’ 36 congressional districts (27 and 35) and multiple state House districts. Attorney General Paxton appealed the rulings to the high court, which heard oral arguments in the case on April 24.

When the Supreme Court put the lower court decisions on hold last September, it meant that no changes to Texas’ redistricting maps would be made ahead of the midterm elections. Attorney General Paxton argued at the time that allowing maps to be redrawn would throw “the Texas election deadlines into chaos for the second time this decade.”
Awesome!  The ruling on redistricting was undeniably good.  Kudos to the Attorney General's office and Attorney General Paxton specifically.

But...this is temporary.

In 2020, we're going to do redistricting again.  And, when that happens, we should expect several more rounds of these types of lawsuits.  Unless, of course, Congress does its job.

As we have pointed out over and over and over and over again, CONGRESS.  HAS.  THE.  AUTHORITY.  TO.  PERMANENTLY.  SHUT.  DOWN.  THESE.  REDISTRICTING.  LAWSUITS.

But NOTHING from any of the Republicans in Texas' Congressional delegation; likewise, nothing from any candidates running for Congress.

Bottom Line: Ken Paxton, along with the entire Attorney General's office, deserves tremendous credit for this victory...but it sure would be nice if Congress would render these lawsuits obsolete.

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