November 28th, 2011
12:48 PM ET

Texas asks high court to temporarily block redistricting map

Texas officials are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and temporarily block a controversial congressional redistricting plan from going into effect Monday.

The state's attorney general, Greg Abbott, filed an emergency "application" with the justices, saying a map approved by a federal panel in San Antonio is "fatally flawed." It would increase the number of districts dominated by minorities, especially Hispanic voters.

The court-drawn map was imposed after Democrats and minority groups in Texas challenged the original plan approved by the GOP-led state legislature.

Those seeking public office can begin filing their candidacies Monday, prompting the state's time-sensitive appeal to the high court. "Elections should not proceed based on legally flawed maps that are likely to be overturned on further review," Abbott said in a written statement.

The Supreme Court could allow the court-approved plan to remain in effect for now, or order the judicial panel to redraw the map, a process that could shorten the time candidates would have to campaign. The state's primary election is set for March.

Texas is getting four new congressional seats - more than any other state - after the latest census showed its population grew by 4 million people. The plan drafted by the three-judge panel would give minorities the majority in three of those congressional districts, and could give Democrats more seats statewide.

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  1. Prince charming

    Let it go its bush country so who cares

    November 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Roadsniper

    Let the illegals in we love them . Plus i need to eat

    November 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. George Patton

    This is a pointless discussion. There should only be one party, and no elections. It worked for decades in the glorious Soviet Union. If it still existed, I would move there. But I can't afford a plane ticket, unless welfare pays for it.

    November 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      LOL. Using a failed state as an example of a form of government that is better than ours.. Commies can still be found. Maybe china? Oh, they aren't white.. Cuba? Nah, same thing.. Guess you're SOL, george..

      November 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. George Plimpton

    Where's the !!!

    November 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. in Soviet Russia...

    ...redistricting map would block YOU.

    November 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rooney

    "Fatally flawed"? So someone's going to die if they don't fix the map?

    November 28, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. leeintulsa

    Lol.. Not a fan of the yhak man, but that has staying power.. Even more staying power than soviet russia.. Lol

    November 28, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MAKE UP YOUR MIND

    ITS A SHAME THE GAME PLAYING THAT TAKES UP SO MUCH TIME AT THE EXPENSE OF REALLY GOOD PEOPLE! GET THIS STRAIGHTENED OUT.

    November 28, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DЯ.RUFFNUTT

    just draw circles around the black people..

    November 28, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DЯ.RUFFNUTT

    basically is what they are talking about..

    November 28, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Snake

    Dress up the steers as illegals and than call imigri!!!!! That will keep them bussy for a while if they were to abolish all illegals and keep them busy

    November 28, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Snake

    Ruffnut is a white supremist,,, ???? How funny,,,,

    November 28, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Ruffie is not a white supremist!
    Yeesh!
    Get a grip...

    November 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Snake

    Ok now that we got that straight,,,,, i appologize

    November 28, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Showmeyerpapers

    Not only have illegal invaders slit the throats of the working man they are responsible for 75% of the crime here in denver radioreference dot com monitor police and ems frequencies for yourself they must have killed 250000Americans in the last 50 years look at lapd online all most wanted 95% spanic. I knew newt was the samich. I dont care if an illegal sailed with washington , REMOVE THEM! The states want the laws ENFORCED PERIOD! Theyll bankrupt EVERY STATE! LOOK AT CALIFORNIA FOR GOD SAKE! Mehico is a cultural catastrophe and our govt has helped them spread their societal ills across our great nation. We would have the highest standard of living on earth if it wasnt for the constant stranglehold on our economy due to the invasion and occupation of our soverign land. Look noone wants to break up families just be sure to get them all on the same bus with the anchor offspring seated up front. What about all the american families torn apart by the federal invasion policy in effect. The

    November 29, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
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