Democratic Leader: Speaker Led Mapping Discrimination

Top staffers in the House Speakers' office led the discriminatory conduct that got the Texas redistricting maps thrown out in court, a top Democratic leader said in a letter sent Wednesday to House Speaker Joe Straus and copied to the rest of the House members.

In his letter, Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, referenced the recent federal court opinion denying precleance of the political maps drawn by the Legislature. In that opinion, the judges said they had found evidence of intentional discrimination against minority voters in some of the maps.

"I am attaching, for your review, excerpts of the ...

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