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December 12, 2005

Supreme Court to review DeLay redistricting

A faintly hopeful sign...

Top court to review Texas redistricting plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court said on Monday that it would decide a challenge by Democrats, minority groups and others to the 2003 congressional redistricting plan in Texas engineered by Republican U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay.


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So I guess if SCOTUS says the redistricting is unconstitutional and they throw it out, what happens then? At this stage... 2005, it'll probably '06 before they hear it/give a decision. If, and it's a very big if considering the court makeup, they were to decide to force a redistricting, it would take them a couple of years to do it, so it would be 2008 before it's even feasible to redistrict. So really... the damage is done and it's probably permanent, regardless of what SCOTUS says or does.

It's also very doubtful the Democrats would stand a shot at regaining any seats unless they've lost a tremendous amount of credibility in Texas. If Tom Delay ends up in jail(also doubtful) then maybe there's a shot.

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