The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a ruling on Tuesday that Texas redistricting maps are discriminatory to minority voters. The court ruled that the new redistricting map which was passed by the Republican-dominated Texas legislature redrew districts in a way that reduced the influence of minority voters. Not only did the court reject the maps, they also ruled hat the Texas legislature had a discriminatory intent in its drawing of the maps. November’s election will likely use maps drawn by a federal court in San Antonio.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says that he would appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court calling the ruling an extension of the Voting Rights Act beyond what Congress had intended.
The Teabagger Legislature won’t have much of a leg to stand on when they go after the activist court because the three-judge panel consisted of President George W. Bush appointees, Judges Thomas Griffith and Rosemary M. Collyer and Judge Beryl A. Howell who was appointed by President Obama.