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  •  Yeah, I'm not sure this helps. (1+ / 0-)
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    In a follow-up email on Nov. 19, 2010, Opiela explained to Interiano that he called his proposed strategy: “OHRVS” or “Optimal Hispanic Republican Voting Strength.” Opiela defined the acronym-friendly term as, “a measure of how Hispanic, and[,] at the same time[,] Republican we can make a particular census block.”
    It seems they were already aware this particular avenue of attack would come up.
    •  But they will claim you've got it backwards, which (2+ / 0-)

      was my pt.  

      I.e., they did not seek to reduce Hispanic RVs but to increase Thug TO in a CD.  Merely talking about Hispanic RVs (or others protected minorities) does not prove intent to racially discriminate against them.  Given the law, they had to also consider how the latter would affect the former, bc it would be a violation if they stripped too many Hispanic RVs from the CD to achieve that end.  Therefore, this metric was a way of maximizing the Thug TO while minimizing the reduction of Hispanic RVs in the CDs.  I.e., it was used to reduce racial discrimination.

      I'm not saying its so, and really I would bet $ what u think it meant is exactly what they meant, but getting into their head is impossible.  I expect Thug lawyers to argue it as evidence negating discriminatory intent bc it shows effort achieve maximum permissible political end with least racial discrimination.  Viewed that way, it can be seen as at least ambiguous, thus not a smoking gun.  

      Especially given the likelihood, for political and judicial reasons, the Texas judges will want to look at it that way.

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