Tonight Fox News reports that the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling on the the issue of redistricting.
By a narrow margin, the nation’s top court has decided to block the enforcement of a lower court ruling that invalidated some Texas congressional and legislative districts and ordered the state to redraw them.
The 5-4 order issued late Tuesday means the state almost certainly will hold elections next year in districts that were struck down as racially discriminatory.
The court’s four liberal justices, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, would have allowed the redrawing of the affected districts.
It would be naive to suggest that trying to draw the most politically-favorable district lines is an exclusive tactic of one party, but the Left has seized upon the idea that districting needs to be taken out of the hands of elected representatives — a proposal that TFPP’s Brian Thomas looked at and found lacking back in July:
Would putting redistricting in the hands of independent commissions really solve the problem?
A new working paper by UCLA and Yale researches suggests ‘no’ […]
“In sum, independent commissions do not draw House maps that encourage greater electoral competition any more than partisan legislature do,” the researchers conclude. “Overall, our results suggest caution in overhauling state redistricting institutions to increase electoral competition: independent commissions may not be as politically-neutral as theorized.”
This ruling came down to one vote, making it just the latest reminder of how critical presidential elections are, despite however many other issues are currently not panning out like many conservatives hoped.
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