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Texas AG rejects court ruling on state’s congressional maps – Fort Worth Star Telegram

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton disagrees with a ruling by federal judges that Republican lawmakers used racial gerrymandering in drawing lines for congressional districts to dilute the voting power of minorities and said Monday that district boundaries do not need to change. In a 165-page opinion released late Friday, a panel of federal judges determined that the GOP-controlled Legislature drew the congressional district lines in 2011 in a way that discriminated against Hispanics and African-Americans.

Key Takeaways:

  • A panel of federal judges determined that the GOP-controlled Legislature drew the congressional district lines in 2011 in a way that discriminated against Hispanics and African-Americans.
  • Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton pointed out that the maps were never used in an actual election. New maps were adopted in 2013.
  • The panel claims many of the “infirmities,” or weaknesses, from the 2011 plan were not remedied in the interim plans and were alleged to persist in the 2013 plans.

“U.S. District judges Xavier Rodgriguez and Orlando Garcia said that mapmakers violated the Voting Rights Act and the 14th Amendment, which guarantees equal protection under the law, by diluting minority voting strength in drawing Congressional districts 23, 27, and 35.”

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article138312253.html