Hispanic Outreach Fail

Federal judicial panel blocks Texas Republicans’ redistricting plan for being purposely discriminatory.

To put a sharper point on this, most of the cases — the vast majority even — brought under the Voting Rights Act in the last half century have involved redistricting maps that have a discriminatory “effect.” It’s much less common for the courts to find discriminatory “intent.” But that’s what the courts found here, in the second largest state in the country, with a large and rapidly growing Hispanic population, whose Republican governor was running for president.

So it’s a big deal.