Overnight Regulation: Supreme Court rejects GOP redistricting challenge

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The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a Republican challenge to redistricting in Virginia, leaving in place a map that could prove more favorable to Democrats.  

The court unanimously held that Reps. Rob WittmanRobert (Rob) Joseph WittmanPassport backlog threatens to upend travel plans for millions of Americans Overnight Defense: Intel releases highly anticipated UFO report | Biden meets with Afghan president | Conservatives lash out at Milley Overnight Defense: Iran talks set up balancing act for Biden | Pentagon on alert amid Russian saber rattling | Lawmakers urge Pentagon to be pickier about commanders' requests for more troops MORE and other Republicans from Virginia, including Reps. Randy ForbesJames (Randy) Randy ForbesDaschle Group hires first GOP lobbyist Overnight Defense: US sanctions NATO ally Turkey over Russian defense system | Veterans groups, top Democrats call for Wilkie's resignation | Gingrich, other Trump loyalists named to Pentagon board Gingrich, other Trump loyalists named to Pentagon advisory panel MORE and David Brat, lacked standing to pursue their appeal because none of them could show they were injured by the redistricting plan.


The case, Wittman v. Personhuballah, centers on Virginia's 3rd Congressional District, which is now represented by Rep. Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottNow is the time to end the subminimum wage for people with disabilities House passes bill to ease standards for age discrimination cases House to take big step on eliminating Trump-era rules MORE (D), the commonwealth's only black congressman.

Two Virginia voters -- Gloria Personhuballah and James Farkas -- challenged the way the district was redrawn in 2012, arguing that the Republican-controlled legislature violated the Voting Rights Act by packing black voters into Scott's district to make surrounding areas better for white candidates.

A lower court agreed and tossed out the Virginia redistricting plan. It elicited and ultimately settled on an alternative, neutral redistricting plan during the remedial phase of litigation.

In their appeal, Wittman, Forbes and Brat argued that, in the remedy for the unconstitutional 2012 plan, a portion of their electorate was replaced with Democrats, reducing the likelihood that they'll win reelection. 

The Supreme Court disagreed. In their six-page ruling, the justices said Wittman and Brat had not identified any evidence to support their claim of injury. Forbes, meanwhile, might have had standing to sue at the start of the appeal, the justices ruled, but doesn't now. 

"Originally Representative Forbes argued that he would abandon his campaign in District 2 and run in District 4 if this court ruled in his favor," Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in the opinion of the court. "Now, however, he has informed the court that he will continue to seek election in District 2 regardless of this appeal's outcome. Given this change, this court does not see how any injury that Forbes might have suffered is 'likely to be redressed by a favorable judicial decision.' "

Republican Reps. Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteBottom line No documents? Hoping for legalization? Be wary of Joe Biden Press: Trump's final presidential pardon: himself MORE, Morgan GriffithHoward (Morgan) Morgan GriffithGOP lawmakers press social media giants for data on impacts on children's mental health Lawmakers press federal agencies on scope of SolarWinds attack House Republicans urge Democrats to call hearing with tech CEOs MORE, Scott RigellScott RigellSpanberger's GOP challenger raises over .8 million in third quarter Ex-Rep. Scott Taylor to seek old Virginia seat GOP rushes to embrace Trump MORE, Robert HurtRobert HurtThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — GOP faces ‘green wave’ in final stretch to the midterms Democrat defeats controversial chair of House Wall Street subpanel Republican groups launch final ad blitz in key House battlegrounds MORE and Barbara Comstock, as well as two former House members from the state, Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorBottom line Virginia GOP candidates for governor gear up for convention Cantor: 'Level of craziness' in Washington has increased 'on both sides' MORE and Frank WolfFrank Rudolph WolfBottom line Africa's gathering storm DOJ opinion will help protect kids from dangers of online gambling MORE, also participated in this case, but only Forbes, Wittman and Brat claimed to have standing once the case got to the Supreme Court.

The court held that a party only has Article III standing if they can show they've suffered an "injury in fact," that the injury is "fairly traceable" to the conduct being challenged and that the injury will likely be "redressed by a favorable decision." 

"Since the Commonwealth of Virginia has not pursued an appeal, only the intervenors currently attack the District Court's decisions striking down the enacted plan," Breyer wrote. "And an intervenor cannot step into the shoes of the original party unless the intervenor independently fulfills the requirements of Article III." 

Court watchers say Monday's decision could help Democrats pick up seats in Virginia this November.

Carl Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, said Democrats might have a shot at winning the 2nd and 4th districts. 

Tobias argued that David McEachin, a Democrat, could win the 4th District seat that Forbes is vacating to run in the 2nd District. And though Rigell, who is stepping down, has endorsed Forbes in the new district, Tobias said the redistricting could shift the voter makeup enough for a Democrat to win. http://bit.ly/1RlhIEY



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The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to discuss Republican allegations of misconduct against IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. http://1.usa.gov/1OT0CnM

Koskinen will not appear at the hearing. http://bit.ly/1OJBjiv

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The Obama administration will publish 225 new regulations, proposed rules, notices and other administrative actions in Tuesday's edition of the Federal Register.

-- The Federal Aviation Administration is finalizing a rule to allow travelers with medically diagnosed breathing problems to carry their oxygen machines with them on flights. 

The portable oxygen concentrator must come from a manufacturer that's approved by the Food and Drug Administration, must not contain any hazardous materials and must not interfere with aircraft systems.

The FAA said manufacturers will save $108,000 over ten years from no longer having to petition the FAA for a rulemaking with each new device they want to add to the list approved for use aboard an aircraft. http://bit.ly/1sNjIlD

-- The Federal Trade Commission is considering a rule that would allow manufacturers to post product warranty information online.

Under the Disclosure Rule, manufacturers are required to issue a written warranty on products that cost more than $15 and under the Pre-Sale Availability Rule, make that warranty information available prior to a sale for certain products.

The rule will allow that information to be displayed online at the point of sale or prior to it.  The public will have until June 17 to submit comments. http://bit.ly/1U9NWb1



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"Today's decision by the Supreme Court does not address the fundamentally flawed ruling of the divided three-judge court, but deals solely with whether Virginia's Members of Congress had standing to bring this appeal. While the decision ends this case, nothing has changed for future districting actions elsewhere in the United States," Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said in response to the Supreme Court ruling Monday. http://bit.ly/1RlhIEY


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