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U.S. top court hands win to
Republicans over Texas voting maps

Reuters, by Lawrence Hurley

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Washington - An ideologically divided U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a win to Republicans in Texas by putting on hold rulings that said electoral districts drawn by state lawmakers discriminated against minority voters. On a 5-4 vote, with the court’s conservatives in the majority and the liberal justices dissenting, the court in a brief order blocked two different lower court decisions that found fault with both congressional districts and state legislative districts drawn by the Republican-controlled state legislature. In August, a federal court in Texas struck down two Republican-drawn congressional districts saying

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Texas continues to set the pace for making America Great Again, in spite of local legislative dRATS subterfuge in collusion with activist federal judges.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Muguy, 9/12/2017 10:56:18 PM     (No. 11381577)

If done properly, there should be not "republican drawn" or "demonrat drawn" voting districts.

Simply make sure all the districts have almost the same people and let that be that.

It is essential that those who are in each district vote their conscience. Those who live in the more rural districts tend to vote conservatively and those in urban districts tend to vote liberal.

Some areas are very sparsely populated and have unusual "shapes" but that is not jerrymandering. This is not a racial issue,, but the media makes it look like it.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Cor-vet, 9/12/2017 11:20:02 PM     (No. 11381597)

If they didn´y gerrymander some districts, we wouldn´t have Sheila-Jackson Lee, Hank Johnson, Mad Maxine, Cummings, etc., etc. etc.!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 9/12/2017 11:30:31 PM     (No. 11381611)

Thank you President Trump for Neil Gorsuch and renewed legal sanity in the SCOTUS.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: dvc, 9/12/2017 11:36:55 PM     (No. 11381617)

A simple geometric rule will sort this out into some semblance of sanity.

Make a requirement that the perimeter of the district in miles has to be no more than 8 times the area of the district in square miles.

A perfectly square district has a ratio of 4. One which is rectangular, twice as long as wide, will have a ratio of 6. One that rectangular and is 3 times as long as it is wide, will have a ratio of 8. Any joggling pushes the ratio up, so to cut around an area or reach out and grab an area, requires the rest of the area to be more like a square.

This simple rule would get sensibly laid out districts...and it would be even better, since a weird tentacle sticking out of one would also increase the adjacent district, tending to make districts be geometrically simple, not these insane Rorschach test districts that they now have to guarantee that incumbents are elected forever.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: pensom2, 9/13/2017 2:29:14 AM     (No. 11381690)

I like #4´s suggestion, except in the instances where the boundary of an electoral district follows a county boundary line that happens to be a river or line of mountains.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: rolfnader, 9/13/2017 7:29:18 AM     (No. 11381804)

Wouldn´t it be easier to just count the number of people on welfare and assign - well , you know what I mean.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: god of irony, 9/13/2017 7:52:03 AM     (No. 11381836)

Note how Reuters tries to taint the validity of the Supreme Court with their questioning of the courts integrity and motive.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: TexasHillCountry, 9/13/2017 9:30:51 AM     (No. 11381958)

I´ve lost track of the number of times this has been litigated with the Lone Star State winning every time. How many bites do these leftoid lizards get at this same apple?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: MDConservative, 9/13/2017 11:03:59 AM     (No. 11382090)

Maryland Republicans are involved with a similar suit. Okay, let´s just draw simple straight line boxes with equal numbers of constituents...in Maryland that could easily mean the loss of the one seat they´re allowed to hold. The squish governor wants to create a non-partisan/bi-partisan commission...in a state where Dem registration is better than 2:1. Fools, trying to take politics out of politics. BTW: These is no Constitutional requirement to have districts. All could be elected "at large".

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