As you know, the Texas congressional and state house districts remain under challenge before a three-judge federal court in San Antonio. In a memo earlier this month, I laid out the status of the case and background on the issues being considered by the Court.
The voting rights claims involving Texas congressional and State House redistricting plans are now in the fifth year of litigation and all ordered briefing is complete, so it is reasonable to expect some action by the Court soon.
Earlier today, the 5th Circuit US Court of Appeals granted a motion by attorneys representing Wendy Davis and other plaintiffs to dismiss an appeal filed by Attorney General Greg Abbott regarding attorneys’ fees. The decision by the Appeals Court is another in a series of miscalculations by Greg Abbott, who has lost every single substantive legal argument in his redistricting battle with Davis.
Both redistricting committee chairs voted for discriminatory redistricting plans
The Texas GOP is using a special session of the Legislature to adopt redistricting plans for use in 2014. Why would any Texan believe that the same GOP leaders- who were unanimously found guilty of intentional discrimination by a federal court- are capable of conducting a fair redistricting process now?
Kel Seliger & other Texas Republicans making matters worse
Texas Republican State leaders are in the process of ramming State House and congressional maps down the throats of Texans. It has been a pre-cooked process from the beginning. The congressional plan will be rushed through the State Senate today, and every amendment – no matter how justified – will be rejected, most of them on votes split with Anglo Republicans on one side and Members who represent minority districts on the other.
He is the voice of Republicans who don't want Texas Latino votes to count
Texas Republican House Member Jason Villalba (HD114 – Dallas) was recently appointed to the Texas House Redistricting Committee by Republican Speaker Joe Straus. But he wasn't put there to represent Texas Latinos. In fact, Villalba only won his House seat because he ran in a district carefully gerrymandered to diminish the voting strength of North Texas Latinos.