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The Supreme Court of the United States had agreed to review the redistricting of Texas after a memo was leaked from the Dept. of Justice by staffers who considered the plan a violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The plan went through based on the decisions of political appointees in the Dept. of Justice. Some changes have been made since, namely that staffers can't say anything anymore.
The problem is really this. The redistricting takes a couple of years complete. The 2000 census results will need to be reconsidered and then the appropriate officials sit down and hammer it out. The deal is the process will probably take a couple of years. That means it'll probably be 2008 before it could actually affect political races in Texas. The census will happen again two years later and we're back where we started. Now granted, 2012 is a ways off but considering Jeb Bush will probably be running for president then, it's something to keep in mind, especially since the Bush family does hold some sway in Texas.
posted by Stithmeister @ 11:40 PM
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