In a state where voting is increasingly polarized by race, racial and partisan bias are often joined at the hip. Fixing one generally also will fix the other.
As the Evenwel v. Abbott redistricting case goes before the Supreme Court this week, there may be temptation to see it as yet another in the long chain of struggles between Anglos and Hispanics over power in Texas. But if maps have to be redrawn, the impact of Evenwel could be far more dramatic.
It's been 50 years since the Supreme Court required states to end discriminatory redistricting practices. But that decision is under attack today in Texas in a case the court will hear this fall.
There’s little doubt that Texas' ongoing redistricting fight — which went to trial in San Antonio last week — will make law in a number of key ways. But it also has much bigger implications for voting rights advocates across the nation.