A political analyst and former leader of the Texas
Republican Party is disappointed that unelected judges have
the ultimate say over the state's redistricting process.
The U.S. District Court in Washington says it found
evidence of discrimination in Texas voting maps drawn by the
state's Republican-controlled legislature. In a lengthy opinion,
the court has ruled that state prosecutors failed to
prove that lawmakers did not draw congressional and state
Senate district maps "without discriminatory purposes."
served on Ronald Reagan's White House staff and later became
chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. He thinks the
court has too much power over the state.
"It's really a sad day when you've got the state of Texas and a
few other states singled out to fall under this Voting Rights Act,
which gives arbitrary power to the Department of Justice
bureaucrats and, in this case, the Obama officials," he tells
This ruling means The Lone Star State will have to
redistrict once again in the next legislative session.
"I do believe that there is a possibility we'll be able to hold
our elections under what's called an interim map in Texas," he
indicates. "And so potentially it won't have any impact on the
Meanwhile, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) has vowed to
appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. But Pauken is not
confident the high court will rule the right way, even if it
decides to take the case.