Texas’s Redistricting Plan Blocked

    FILE - In this June 7, 2012 photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during the Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth, Texas. Perry has spent much of the past three years publicly, loudly and defiantly fighting against what he views as Washington meddling in state affairs, often refusing to cooperate with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and becoming a leader in the battle against President Barack Obama’s health care plan. His hard-fought battle, however, has led to more of what he most staunchly opposes: federal oversight. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

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    A federal court blocked a redistricting plan signed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry after a three-judge panel ruled that it discriminated against Hispanics. Judges found that the plan protected districts belonging to white members of Congress, but that “surgery” had been performed on districts belonging to incumbent minorities. The court said they were overwhelmed by evidence that the new lines were racially drawn, noting there was “more evidence of discriminatory intent than we have space, or need, to address here.”

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