Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 2:10 pm
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in a tangle of Texas redistricting cases, with repercussions beyond the Lone Star State. Consolidated into one test, the cases pit the Voting Rights Act and its protections for minority voters against state legislative powers — with an overlaying sheen of sheer political calculus.
The case has been called a puzzle of three courts, a reference to the interplay between two lower courts and the Supreme Court.
Rick Perry is hoping to avoid an embarrassing showing today in Iowa’s caucuses with a last minute push; meeting with volunteers early in the day and then encouraging potential caucus-goers at two town halls.