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Federal judges find Texas gerrymandered maps on racial lines

Federal judges found more problems in Texas’ voting rights laws, ruling that Republicans racially gerrymandered some congressional districts to weaken the growing electoral power of minorities, who former President Barack Obama set out to protect at the ballot box before leaving office.

Editorial: Supreme Court’s redistricting ruling good news for Washington

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld Arizona’s nonpartisan redistricting commission also is a victory for Washington. Arizona’s Republican-controlled Legislature wasn’t happy when a voter-initiated constitutional amendment yanked the job of redrawing congressional and legislative boundaries from lawmakers and handed it to a panel balanced with members from both parties. The Legislature sued, but the court, in a 5-4 vote, said the change passed constitutional muster.