AUSTIN â€” This year more than ever, the once-a-decade fight over new legislative and congressional districts emphasizes the growing clash between the â€œoldâ€ Texas and the â€œnewâ€ Texas, with the state’s older, whiter establishment trying to stave off a push by newer forces â€” buoyed by dramatic minority population growth â€” eager for a bigger slice of the politicalÂ pie.
For the GOP, it could be the last best chance for an Anglo-dominated party to preserve its political power. For minority groups, it is a chance to elect more LatinoÂ candidates.
As the redistricting showdown heads to court in San Antonio Tuesday, all of the lawyers representing minority groups are Hispanic. Most of the lawyers representing the state areÂ Anglo.
One difference from previous redistricting fights: Two of the three federal judges who will hear this year’s lawsuit are Hispanic: U.S. District JudgeÂ Xavier Rodriguez and U.S. District JudgeÂ Orlando Garcia. None of the federal judges in previous statewide redistricting cases in Texas have beenÂ Hispanic.
It is a reflection of the changing face of Texas. The once majority-Anglo state has become one in which minorities collectively now are the majority. Soon, Hispanics will surpass Anglos as the largest populationÂ group.
Beaten badly in the legislative arena, where minorities make up only 20 percent of the 181-memberÂ Texas House, minority groups â€œhave a new set of refereesâ€ in a courtroom, said Rep.Â Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, chairman of theÂ Mexican American Legislative Caucus, which has raised about $2 million to help challenge the redistricting map. â€œNow, we argue asÂ equals.â€
But having Hispanic jurists overseeing a Texas redistricting case for the first time doesn’t tip the scale any particular way, because â€œthe law is what the law is and the facts are what the facts are,â€ said veteran voting rights attorneyÂ JosÃ© Garza of San Antonio, who representsÂ MALC.
To read more:Â http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Court-battle-will-pit-old-vs-new-Texas-2154878.php#ixzz1YS7U11mY
Don’t let the MSM censor your news as America becomes Great Again. Over 500,000 Americans receive our daily dose of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness along with Breaking News direct to their inbox—and you can too. Sign up to receive news and views from The 1776Coalition!
We know how important your privacy is and your information is SAFE with us. We’ll never sell
your email address and you can unsubscribe at any time directly from your inbox.