Federal District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos in Corpus Christi has denied Attorney General Greg Abbott’s request to move a lawsuit challenging Texas’ Voter ID law to a March trial date in 2015. Opening arguments will begin a few months before state general elections in September 2014.
State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, the head of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and a plaintiff in the case, said Abbott’s request of the court is more about political ambitions.
Texas Matters: The struggle over the State of Texas' voter ID law is being taken up by everyone from Washington D.C. to Dallas County Commissioners Court. Also on this show: Sen. Ted Cruz talks about defunding the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Perry may or may not be interested in an ACA-created program, and TxDOT is waiting to turn South Texas roads into gravel.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is running for governor in 2014, has spent nearly $4 million on 31 lawsuits against the federal government in the last nine years, ten of which his office counts as wins.
President Obama convened voting rights advocates to the White House Monday, where he doubled down on his commitment to salvaging the Voting Rights Act. Texas state representative Trey Martinez Fischer, a San Antonio Democrat, was the only Texan invited, and he said Texas was frequently discussed in the meeting with Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
“Just as the President is talking about discrimination at the polls, here we are in Texas arguing this case in front of federal judges," Martinez Fischer said.
The mood, and boundaries, have changed a lot at the state capitol since the regular session. Upon entering the capitol, you take immediate notice of the differences -- chained off sections of the stairwell and rotunda and an increased presence of Department of Public Safety troopers.
But what has really changed in this second special session?