Thursday, July 06, 2006

Cartoon #272: “Redistricting Plans 2006”

Title: Redistricting Plans 2006; Text: (Six panels showing Peanuts characters Lucy, Linus, and Charlie Brown lying on a hillside looking at clouds. In a parody of the most popular Peanuts strip of all, Linus sees complex images — Texas voting districts.)
The 2003 Texas redistricting was a highly controversial congressional redistricting plan. It was appealed to the United States Supreme Court in League of United Latin American Citizens v. Perry. On June 28, 2006, the Supreme Court upheld the statewide redistricting as Constitutional, but struck down Congressional District 23 as racial gerrymandering in violation of Section Two of the Voting Rights Act. On June 29, 2006, a U.S. District Judge as part of a three judge panel, under an order from the U.S. Court of Appeals, overseeing the redistricting ordered that both sides should submit proposed maps by July 14, respond to their opponents’ maps by July 21, and that oral arguments will occur on August 3.

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