I’m working on summaries and will update when I have more.
UPDATE: The San Antonio court tells the parties to keep negotiating until everyone is on board. So far, the only plaintiff to agree with the State is the Texas Latino Redistricting Task Force, who are represented by MALDEF. MALC is not on board, and neither are State Sen. Wendy Davis or LULAC, the NAACP, and the Travis County plaintiffs. In addition, State Sen. Craig Estes now wants to intervene on the grounds that his district was affected by the changes made in the “deal” for Davis’ district. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: The Lone Star Project comes out swinging, and via BOR, the NAACP voices its opposition. BOR in turn criticizes MALDEF for its support of the “deal”, which reminds me that there was a point in MALDEF’s statement that I wanted to nitpick:
MALDEF and the Task Force believe the congressional plan reflects the tremendous demographic growth in Texas: Latinos represented 65 percent of all new growth in the state since 2000. There are nine Latino opportunity districts statewide: CD 15, 16, 20, 23, 28, 29, 33, 34 and 35. No incumbents have been drawn out of their existing districts; and there has been no retrogression of existing African American opportunity districts. The new plan is consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court remand to utilize the state enacted map, with the exception of where legal defects exist under the Voting Rights Act or the Constitution.
Emphasis mine. This is at least somewhat disingenuous. As things stand, Lloyd Doggett is either in a red-tinted CD25, or a Latino-leaning CD35, possibly back up against Joaquin Castro. (Castro could still presumably run for CD20 now that Charlie Gonzalez is stepping down, but then someone else – Mike Villarreal, perhaps – might choose to run in CD35). Either way, Doggett is at best fighting for his life, whereas in the original interim map he truly was left alone. Doggett’s district, along with Sen. Wendy Davis’ SD10 and the Asian-heavy HD26 are coalition districts that the other plaintiffs are fighting for.
UPDATE: PDiddie wins the headline award.