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Redistricting Tied up in Courts

By FBCStaff-Every 10 years after the census the districts are to be redrawn to reflect the population.  We remember the battle in 2001 when democrats shirked their duty and left the state, fleeing to Oklahoma. The battle to control redistricting has been fought in courts and continues today.

The lines were redrawn again in 2011 and the democrats immediately sought to redraw the lines in court.  Filing suit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Judge Orlando Garcia has ruled consistently in favor of the democrats.  Judge Garcia even redrew the maps to mirror the maps drawn up by then Senator Leticia Van de Putte.  Van de Putte and Judge Garcia are related:

Judge Orlando L. Garcia is the Brother-In-Law of Democrat State Senator Leticia Van De Putte. Van De Putte was recently the Texas State Senate Caucus Chairman for nearly a decade and she is one of the most liberal Democrats in Texas. Judge Orlando Garcia should have stepped down because of this clear conflict of interest.”

That definitely is a conflict of interest.  But it is 2017, and redistricting is still tied up in the courts and Judge Garcia is the reason.

“The March 10 court ruling was handed down by the same three-judge panel that is handling the current trial. Those judges, Orlando Garcia and Xavier Rodriguez of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas and Jerry Smith of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, heard arguments on the constitutionality of the interim boundaries for congressional and some state legislative districts but issued no decision Saturday and gave no indication when they would issue a ruling.”

and the reason:

“Regardless of which side the judges favor, Vera noted, the case seems destined to be immediately appealed and then taken up by the Supreme Court.

“We’ve been fighting this fight for years,” he said.

Democrats haven’t won a statewide race since 1994.  Unable to get elected they have taken to the courts to legislate.  Look for democrats like Van de Putte’s brother-in-law to try to rewrite our laws to favor democrats.






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