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Anti-Hispanic Gerrymandering Struck Down in Texas

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A federal court throws out a Texas redistricting plan that blatantly discriminates against Hispanics. The Texas defense: "coincidence."


Even as the Republican convention coverage makes a big show of big names in the way of Hispanic leadership, a federal appeals court in Washington struck down the new Texas legislature districts designed by the state's Republican-controlled legislature for gross violation of the Voting Rights Act. While names like Marco Rubio, Nevada governor Brian Sandoval, New Mexico governor Susanna Martinez and Texas candidate for Senate Ted Cruz bask in the spotlight, the party's real reaction to swelling Latino voter rolls is all about vote suppression.

Texas must undergo federal scrutiny of its redistricting plan because of a well-documented history of discrimination against racial and linguistic minorities. And the three-judge panel unanimously agreed that Texas was at it again with its newest plan. ...

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