I mean, improper.
This is good news coming from a federal court in Washington, DC. The court denied summary judgment requested by the Texas Attorney General’s office; so, it looks like we’re going to court over the Texas House, Texas Senate, and Texas Congressional maps, and a San Antonio federal court will proceed on making interim maps for the 2012 elections.
The order, which you can read in its entirety here, read in part:
Having carefully considered the entire record and the parties’ arguments, the Court finds and concludes that the State of Texas used an improper standard or methodology to determine which districts afford minority voters the ability to elect their preferred candidates of choice and that there are material issues of fact in dispute that prevent this Court from entering declaratory judgment that the three redistricting plans meet the requirements of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. See 42 U.S.C. 1973c.
I think Texas Democratic Party Chairman Boyd Ritchie said it best:
This entire process could have been avoided if Republicans would have drawn maps based on demographics rather than their own shallow political ambitions.
Trey Martinez Fischer of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus had this to say:
Texas growth is Latino growth, the Court has agreed with our position concerning summary judgment and we will now prepare for trial.
MALC members fought hard this legislative session to ensure that all Texans have an opportunity to thrive in our great state and we will continue through every turn of the litigation process.
More to come, I’m sure.