Voter ID: “A discriminatory purpose was at least one of the substantial or motivating factors behind passage” of the state’s Voter ID law, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos ruled. Ramos previously came to the same conclusion, but a divided Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that portion of the judgment and asked the court to reconsider the evidentiary record. The state intends to appeal the decision. If it stands, the ruling could once again place the state under federal preclearance provisions of the Voting Rights Act.

SEN: Politico and other outlets reported that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s principal campaign account ended the quarter with $4.8M on hand. His three PACs combined raised $1.7M during the first three months of the year from nearly 18K people. Quarterly reports are not due to the Federal Election Commission until Saturday.

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