State of Texas: Supreme Court to hear challenge to Texas voting districts
25 April, 2018, 03:08
While no clear direction on the decision emerged from Tuesday's arguments, conservative members of the court seemed to side with Roberts in favor of the state in a case that could end up split along ideological lines.
The Supreme Court is now weighing two other gerrymandering cases, involving electoral maps drawn by Republicans in Wisconsin and Democrats in Maryland. The courts response could potentially turn Texas slightly bluer.
Added Justice Elena Kagan: "And what I'm concerned about is that if you're right, we're going to be hearing all of these districting cases not after the remedial stage but, instead, straight away after the liability stage". In September, the court on a 5-to-4 vote put that order on hold until it could hear the case. The groups suing the state say Republicans drew voting lines that take power away from minority voters.
Tuesday, the conservative justices focused on the unusual circumstances in the case and did not seem inclined to agree with the lower court, in the case that has been caught up in the courts for nearly a decade. "Indeed, when the district court invalidated its own maps previous year, the court gave the state a very small window of three days to convene the Legislature to start to draw new maps or else submit to yet another court-imposed plan". The dispute goes back to 2011, when Republicans in the state legislature drew Congressional and state legislative districts in a way created to favor GOP candidates, and to move as many Democrats as possible into a few other districts. When it did so, the district court emphasized that "this interim map is a result of preliminary determinations" and "is not a final ruling on the merits of any claims".
After a trial in 2017, the district court then invalidated two districts of Plan C235.
"If you're the Attorney General or - or the - the legislature in Texas and you want to take your best shot at a plan that will be accepted by the district court, wouldn't you take the plan that the district court drafted?" The court noted that "specific portions" of the 2011 plans that were found to be discriminatory or unconstitutional "continue unchanged".
Central Texas was front and center in Washington, D.C. Tuesday as the Supreme Court looked at Congressional maps that run right through Austin, most of the lines surround Congressional District 35, which is now held by Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett.
Charles "Rocky" Rhodes, a professor of law at South Texas College of Law in Houston and an expert in constitutional law, says the Supreme Court will address both whether the maps drawn by the legislature intentionally discriminated against members of minority groups, and whether the maps had the effect of discriminating, based on the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act.
Mr. Kneedler said the state deserved credit for trying to end the redistricting litigation by adopting the court-drawn map.
A victory for them could spell deeper trouble for Texas. The Supreme Court, at Texas' request, constrained just how much of the map the district court could redraw. Justice Samuel Alito agreed that the district court drew the interim plans after a "thorough analysis".
Texas argues that because the state used the court-drawn maps for the 2012 election, the 2011 redistricting plan that was found discriminatory was never implemented.
Those arguments revolved around the district court's findings of discriminatory intent in how Texas drew the maps. "We are fighting to defend millions of Texans impacted by racially gerrymandered maps", he said.
The exposure that " Schoolhouse Rock! " brought to Dorough allowed him to continue focusing on his passion: jazz. The duo teamed up for later recordings, including the song "Nothing Like You" from Davis' 1967 album Sorcerer .
FSU could see former players Auden Tate, Matthew Thomas, Tarvarus McFadden and Ryan Izzo selected later this week. Coverage of Day 3 of the NFL Draft begins at noon on ESPN or can be streamed on ESPN.com and its Watch ESPN app .
He said that the important thing to do is prioritizing in what is to be spent for the villages, so that there is maximum effect. Addressing a rally in Madhya Pradesh, Prime Minister Modi also called for social movement to ensure safety of girls.
The W-G Shaheen & Associates Dba Whitney & Co holds 125,700 shares with $6.65M value, down from 134,545 last quarter. Rbf Capital Llc increased Tailored Brands Inc stake by 50,000 shares to 100,000 valued at $2.18 million in 2017Q4.
TSB had been renting a banking platform from its former owner Lloyds Banking Group PLC (LON:LLOY) while it developed its own. The bank took its online banking systems offline around 10.30am and hopes to be back up later this afternoon, Pester said.
Ex-Chelsea manager offered Italian coaching job
Ancelotti, who has also managed Chelsea , Real Madrid and Juventus, has three Champions League titles to his name as a coach. Italy Under-21 coach Di Biagio, 46, has been holding the position on an interim basis.
Facebook says new tools remove more ISIS content
Called the Global Internet Forum, the group works together with Europol, filling its database with terrorist images and videos. They have also added things like warning messages on content that was shared for informational or counter speech purposes.
PCB and BCCI Smashed Each Other in ICC Meeting
If there is one, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will oppose Manohar, a former BCCI president's candidature. The ICC Board Members will vote to elect the independent chairman after Manohar completes his present term by the June end.
Sen. Paul's Flip Flop on Pompeo Angers His Base
Heidi Heitkamp - had said she would vote for Pompeo, raising questions of whether he could weather another GOP defection. Pompeo became one of Trump's closest advisers during his 15 months as Central Intelligence Agency director.
Google introduces new feature for jobseekers
At the moment, it is only available in English but Google has promised many more languages in the near future. You can read the job requirements here and click on the link to apply on the partner's website.
Miracle wins Big Brother Naija 2018
Nigerians have reacted to a video making rounds of controversial Big Brother Naija 2018 housemate, Cee-c been attacked. The coal city revabrated in different areas when the victor was announced by Ebuka until the channel closed.
Asking If I'd Pardon Michael Cohen Is A 'Stupid Question'
The pressure Cohen faces has led some to speculate that he may cooperate with investigators in order to avoid criminal charges. President Trump mocks ABC News Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl for asking if he would pardon Michael Cohen .