The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision today that affirmed Tom DeLay's mid consensus redistricting plan.
Normally, districts are only re-drawn every 10 years after the national census points out population shifts. DeLay engineered a plan that re-drew the lines only 2 years after the last census.
The court affirmed the plan today, claiming that state legislatures can re-draw district lines whenever they want to.
Now, both Republican and Democratic strategists are licking their chops because this opens the flood gates to a whole new world of political gerrymandering of congressional districts. Currently, it is almost impossible to unseat an incumbent congressman. Now, it will get even worse. Whichever party is in power of a particular state will have the ability to even further entrench themselves in power.
Republican or Democrat, we all come out losers on this one.
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