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Three major developments throwing a wrench in everyone’s plans for the House


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Washington Examiner

The House of Representatives in the 118th Congress has been turbulent for the past 16 months, with significant recent developments looking to add to the tumult.

As the lower chamber of Congress dealt with early resignations and a bevy of speaker elections, it looked as though Republicans would struggle to hold on to their majority next year. But Democrats have had their share of frustrating moments in the minority, dampening expectations they could capitalize on the GOP’s struggles.

 

This week, three major developments have thrown a wrench in everyone’s plans to control the House.

Louisiana congressional district map

A panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled on Tuesday that the new congressional district map is unconstitutional due to being a racial gerrymander in violation of the equal protection clause.

The contested map includes two black-majority districts in compliance with a previous court order, which ruled the map used for the 2022 elections, which only had one black-majority district, violated the Voting Rights Act. Another battle at the Supreme Court over Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act appears likely.:snip:

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House GOP candidates to get leg-up from Koch Latino group

EXCLUSIVE — Republicans in key House races will receive a boost from the Koch network’s Latino political organization before November’s general election.

LIBRE Initiative Action has endorsed Rob Bresnahan, a businessman running in Pennsylvania‘s Scranton congressional district, in addition to Reps. Jen Kiggans (R-VA), from Virginia‘s Virginia Beach congressional district, and David Schweikert (R-AZ), from Arizona’s Scottsdale suburbs congressional district.

 

“Latinos are tired of bad policies, broken promises, and an economy that is not working for them,” Sandra Benitez, a LIBRE Initiative Action senior adviser, told the Washington Examiner. “We need leaders who will bring positive change and are focused on growing the economy, removing barriers to opportunity, and driving policies that give us a chance at achieving our ‘American dream.'”:snip:

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