New player in redistricting: SCOTUS

January 8, 2012


There’s a new boss in town when it comes to redistricting: the United States Supreme Court.

The court is hearing arguments in Texas’s redistricting battle next week, and now it’s being asked to intervene in West Virginia:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Legislature will ask U.S. Supreme Court to take its side in a fight over how to draw the state’s three congressional districts, lawmakers said Thursday.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Senate President Jeff Kessler and House Speaker Rick Thompson agreed to seek emergency legal relief from a three-judge panel that is threatening to impose its will on the state.

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