UPDATED AT 5:34 p.m. – San Antonio Court to Abbott/MALDEF: Try Again
It seems Attorney General Greg Abbott and Republicans have overreached again. The MALDEF “compromise” was not enough to appease the San Antonio Court. Late this afternoon, the Court instructed all parties to continue negotiating and provide maps with more buy in from all parties.
originally posted at 3:20 p.m.
I’m disappointed that today Attorney General Greg Abbott released new maps to the San Antonio court that he proposes to use in this year’s primary elections. The main reason appears to be that he and Texas Republicans insist on an April primary date.
While these maps are supported by very few of the involved parties – mainly Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF), they are opposed by most of the stakeholders including myself, The Mexican American Legislative Caucus, The Texas Legislative Black Caucus, the NAACP, and the Texas Democratic Party.
Personally, I am opposed to the maps released by Abbott because they do not provide adequate representation for communities of interest in Travis County, which is the basis of my lawsuit in Rodriguez v. Perry. These maps fail to represent our communities of interest by splitting Travis County into 4 Senate Districts, including one that goes to the border in South Texas and one that goes to San Antonio.
I am also disappointed in MALDEF’s willingness to compromise with Republican Greg Abbott. These maps fail to resolve issues under the Voting Rights Act throughout the entire state.
Some of the opposed parties, including the plaintiffs in Rodriguez V. Perry, LULAC, the NAACP, and the Quesada plaintiffs have united to issue the following filing to the Court.