The Supreme Court’s conservatives just ensured that Latino votes still won’t count in Texas.

On Tuesday evening, the Supreme Court blocked two rulings by a federal district court that would have required Texas to redraw its state and federal congressional districts. The lower court had ruled that the Texas Legislature illegally gerrymandered these districts along racial lines and ordered new maps for the 2018 election. But by a 5–4 vote, the Supreme Court put that order on hold, ensuring that the gerrymander will remain through 2018. The decision may also indicate that the five Republican-appointed justices will eventually reverse the district court’s decisions altogether.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/09/the_supreme_court_s_conservatives_just_ensured_that_latino_votes_still_won.html

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Prominent Republicans Urge Supreme Court to End Gerrymandering

Breaking ranks with many of their fellow Republicans, a group of prominent politicians filed briefs on Tuesday urging the Supreme Court to rule that extreme political gerrymandering — the drawing of voting districts to give lopsided advantages to the party in power — violates the Constitution.

The briefs were signed by Republicans including Senator John McCain of Arizona; Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio; Bob Dole, the former Republican Senate leader from Kansas and the party’s 1996 presidential nominee; the former senators John C. Danforth of Missouri, Richard G. Lugar of Indiana and Alan K. Simpson of Wyoming; and Arnold Schwarzenegger, a former governor of California.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/us/politics/prominent-republicans-urge-supreme-court-to-end-gerrymandering.html

Donald Trump cancels Dallas fundraiser scheduled for Sept. 27

Organizers have canceled President Donald Trump’s Dallas fundraising event that was scheduled for this month.

Trump was to headline a Sept. 27 fundraiser in Dallas. Ticket prices had ranged from $2,700 to $100,000 and included a $50,000-per-couple option. Most of the proceeds were headed to the Republican National Committee, with the first $2,700 going to Trump’s 2020 re-election account under more restrictive “hard money” rules.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/donald-trump-1/2017/09/05/donald-trump-cancels-dallas-fundraiser-scheduled-sept-27

How Republicans are Trying to Rig Elections in Trump’s America

The Supreme Court will soon take up arguments on one of the most important gerrymandering cases in more than a decade—from Wisconsin, where critics say Republicans have similarly created maps benefiting themselves instead of representing all constituents. Its decision could effectively draw a red line as to just how much partisanship is allowed in redistricting efforts created by those in power, as courts across the country have allowed some examples of gerrymandering to hold legal authority.

http://www.newsweek.com/trump-republicans-maps-votes-power-race-districts-election-rigging-657072

What I Learned at Gerrymandering Summer Camp

The group includes computer science PhD candidates, mathematicians, political operatives, and experts in so-called geographic information systems, or GIS. That’s the mapping technology that underlies many apps and software tools that run our lives, from Google Maps to logistics software.

It also comes in handy when you’re carving the American electorate into voting districts that favor your political party, a time-honored—and reviled—tradition known as gerrymandering.

https://www.wired.com/story/what-i-learned-at-gerrymandering-summer-camp/

Court rules Texas state House maps intentionally discriminatory, orders Dallas and Tarrant remap

AUSTIN — A federal court in San Antonio ruled Thursday that parts of Texas’ statehouse maps are intentionally discriminatory and ordered districts in four counties, including Dallas and Tarrant, redrawn.

The decision by a three-judge panel  was the second time the court had ruled Texas’ statehouse maps discriminatory. Earlier this year, the court had ruled that the state’s 2011 maps were intentionally discriminatory. In 2013, the state redrew those maps after another court had found they had discriminatory effects. The 2013 maps are the ones currently used  for elections.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2017/08/24/federal-court-rules-texas-statehouse-maps-intentionally-discriminatory-orders-districts-redrawn

Texas Becoming A Magnet For Conservatives Fleeing Liberal States Like California

Founder Paul Chabot, 42, started the company in May after making the move from San Bernadino, Calif., to McKinney, Texas, with his own family. Chabot, a Republican, had recently endured a second failed run for Congress.

When asked to describe what the company does exactly, Chabot said, “Our primary job is to help families living in more blue states relocate to red states.” In practice, he collects a commission from the buying and selling of homes.

Chabot’s goal is to establish a series of communities, primarily in North Texas, where entire neighborhoods are populated by conservative Republicans. In a way, what Chabot said he is offering is a chance to step into a time machine.

http://www.npr.org/2017/08/27/546391430/texas-becoming-a-magnet-for-conservatives-fleeing-liberal-states-like-california

Jeff Leach’s Voting Records

“Tea Party Approved” State Representative Jeff Leach represents the citizens of House District 67, consisting of portions of Plano, Allen, Richardson and Dallas in Collin County.

Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and state voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue.

https://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/138355/jeff-leach

White Supremacy Comes With A Body Count (Even in TX we know this…)

In response to the President’s latest role as a neo-nazi apologist, several Dallas groups organized a rally against white supremacy on Saturday, August 19, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

I am assuming they made this an evening event because the organizers didn’t want people falling out from sun stroke during the day.  Nonetheless, even after sunset, it was hot as hell downtown. The sixty percent humidity kept it in the high nineties.  Add the body heat and it was not much cooler than I imagine it would have been during the day.

But it was worth it.  It was worth seeing men and women of all races disavowing racism and hate. This, I thought, is MY America, and it is beautiful.

https://m.dailykos.com/stories/2017/8/20/1691731/-White-Supremacy-Comes-With-A-Body-Count

Donald Trump in Dallas in September

Trump will headline a fundraiser Sept. 27 in Dallas, according to an invitation obtained by The Texas Tribune. The fundraiser will benefit Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee that goes toward Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee.
Tickets to the event range from $2,700 per person to $100,000 per couple.

http://www.wfaa.com/news/politics/president-donald-trump-to-fundraise-in-dallas-in-september/464900322