Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Mid-Term Redistricting Upheld

It appears that the Supreme Court has upheld the right of Texas to do Congressional redistricting at any time, as opposed to every ten years, as has been traditional done. This may be right on the law (I haven't read the decision yet), but is bad for the country. More thoughts later.

UPDATE - According to the AP, the Court ruled that "state legislators may draw new maps as often as they like - not just once a decade as Texas Democrats claimed. That means Democratic and Republican state lawmakers can push through new maps anytime there is a power shift at a state capital.

The Constitution says states must adjust their congressional district lines every 10 years to account for population shifts. In Texas the boundaries were redrawn twice after the 2000 census, first by a court, then by state lawmakers in a second round promoted by DeLay after Republicans took control.

That was acceptable, justices said."

Again, maybe the correct decision Constitutionally, but bad for the Country. On the other hand, maybe this will spur true national redistricting reform. . . but I doubt it.