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14 January 2018, 12:37 | Darnell Patrick
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WASHINGTON-The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to review whether Republican lawmakers in Texas intentionally discriminated against minorities when they enacted their current voting maps for federal and state office.
There are 1 comment on the Reuters story from 7 hrs ago, titled Supreme Court takes up fight over Texas electoral districts.
The high court said it would hear appeals by Texas on the maps after a three-judge lower court ruled last summer that the state drew some district lines in a way that purposely disadvantaged minority voters.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito temporarily blocked the court's ruling that the districts needed to be redrawn.
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Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), who is not seeking reelection, represents the 27th District and Rep. That court found legal problems with two of the congressional districts and several of the state legislative. Previously, there were two separate cases: One for the state's congressional map, and one for the Texas House map.
In Friday's announcement, the court said nothing about a related appeal by the Texas Democratic Party, which argued that the two maps should be tossed out for improper partisan gerrymandering. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton "applauded" the Supreme Court's decision, adding that the state is "eager for the chance to present our case before the Supreme Court" in a statement.
"We are eager for the chance to present our case before the U.S. Supreme Court", said Paxton, a Republican who has argued that the two Texas maps were not meant to discriminate against minority voters.
"We will again be before the Supreme Court to examine Texas Republicans' stacking of the deck through systemic discrimination against people of color", Hinojosa said.
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