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Supreme Court To Hear State Redistricting Arguments Monday

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday in a dispute over Texas redistricting.

Justices will focus on the question of which map will draw the lines for the 2012 election cycle.
With a primary scheduled for April, Texas politicians have been in state of limbo.

“I think it’s been difficult on everyone, particularly people who are making decisions about whether to run, or whether to move and run in a district that they think is going to be a district,” said Sen. Wendy Davis (D – Fort Worth).

Davis saw her own district carved up by the Republican led state legislature.
She hopes the justices uphold maps drawn by judges in San Antonio, which would reinstate her district’s current boundaries.

“There’s a lot of stake, obviously for me personally, and for other elected officials personally, but much more importantly, what’s at stake is the rights of so many in our minority communities in Texas,” Davis said.

Both LULAC and the NAACP have criticized the legislature’s redistricting maps, saying they favor Republican politicians and diminish the voting power of minorities.

“Latinos spurred the major growth in the state of Texas. We didn’t gain any Congressional seats, or legislative seats, or Senate seats,” said Rene Martinez, a district director for LULAC.

Republicans, however, argue the lower court went too far in actually drawing maps for the 2012 election cycle.

US Congressman Pete Sessions (R – Dallas) expects the Supreme Court will agree.

“Fair and open lines should be drawn, but they should be decided by the Legislature. And if there is a review by a court, the court should tell them what they’ve done wrong and let them fix it – not come and change the maps drastically, which is what this court did,” said Sessions.

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