Thursday, June 27, 2019

#TXLEGE: SCOTUS ruling means only be 5 or 6 redistricting lawsuits after 2020 (not 15 or 20)

"Do not remove the ancient landmark
Which your fathers have set."
Proverbs 22:28

Reasonably decent news:
The Supreme Court’s conservatives decided Thursday that federal courts do not have a role to play in deciding whether partisan gerrymandering goes too far.

The 5-to-4 decision was written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who was joined by the court’s other conservatives.

“We conclude that partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts,” Roberts wrote. “Federal judges have no license to reallocate political power between the two major political parties, with no plausible grant of authority in the Constitution, and no legal standards to limit and direct their decisions.”
All things considered, this is probably a good thing.

Obviously, the Democrats will file their usual lawsuits claiming the map is "racist."  But, had SCOTUS ruled differently, Democrats would have had grounds to sue in every close district.  That would have been a nightmare from which we would have never emerged.

Bottom Line: The status quo might not be great, but it's a heckuva lot better than would could have happened today.

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