iOS app Android app

Texas Redistricting

Supreme Court Deals A Blow To Conservatives In Major Voting Rights Case

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.04.2016 | Politics

Democrats and voting rights advocates won a huge victory at the Supreme Court on Monday with a unanimous decision preserving the way state legislative...

How A Long-Lost Footnote Could Save The Supreme Court From Itself

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some 50 years ago, a Supreme Court footnote disappeared from the annals of history. It wasn't a big deal then and it isn't today. Footno...

This Supreme Court Case Could Upend The Way Democracy Works

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court this term could change how states meet the basic democratic goal of "one person, one vote." Ironically, a victory for ...

Why Texas' 27th Congressional District Is Interesting

Sean Theriault | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Sean Theriault

If it wasn't for the adoption of a Republican redistricting map, this race very well could have been the most interesting race in the state.

Eugene Mulero

How A Texas Border Republican Can Oppose Immigration Reform And Still Be Reelected | Eugene Mulero | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics

When several dozen protesters lined up outside the Corpus Christi office of Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold last year, holding a petition with about 10,0...

The Top 5 Voting Rights Moments of 2013

Penda D. Hair | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Penda D. Hair

Texas waited just two hours after the ruling to announce that the state would begin enforcing its voter ID law. The U.S. Department of Justice hit back with lawsuits against both measures, showing the Supreme Court's ruling does not mean that it's open season on voters.

Poster Boy for Dysfunction: Redistricting and Citizens United in the Texas 27th

Meredith McGehee | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Meredith McGehee

Texas' 27th Congressional District offers a perfect rebuttal to those trying to pretend that gerrymandering and big money did not play a huge role in the recent government shutdown and gridlock in Washington in general.

Texas Rises As Conservative Battleground

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson and Ryan Grim | Posted 06.27.2013 | Politics

While national political observers talk about shifting demographics and political dynamics that are slowly pushing Texas closer to tossup territory, R...

Voting Rights Act Saved Filibustering Texas Senator's Seat

Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), who captivated the country with her attempted 13-hour filibuster of a sweeping anti-abortion bill, likely would have...

Janell Ross

Spanish-Language Congressional Debate In Texas Race Highlights Politics of Population Change | Janell Ross | Posted 09.11.2012 | Latino Voices

In the race to represent Texas’s 23rd Congressional District, an area that stretches about 550 miles from San Antonio to El Paso, Republican incumbe...

Texas Congressional Redistricting: Beyond Last Week's Section Five Ruling

Rob Richie | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics
Rob Richie

Last week's federal court ruling that Texas's 2011 plans for congressional districts and state legislative districts had both the purpose and effect of further reducing the representation of Texas's already underrepresented racial minority populations is just the state's latest salvo in the redistricting wars.

Texas-Sized Amounts Spent For Questionable Purpose

The Dallas Morning News | Posted 09.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Texas has now spent more than $2 million defending its law to require photo identification to vote and its redrawing of political bounda...

Obama Meets With Rothman But Doesn't Endorse Him

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics

Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.) met with President Barack Obama at the White House Friday morning, giving Rothman's campaign a boost days before he faces ...

Google's Cool Congressional Redistricting Map -- Which Shows How Thoroughly Texas Liberals Get Screwed

Colin Delany | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Colin Delany

For a good example of why redistricting's so important in determining the make-up of Congress, let's zoom in on lovely Austin, Texas -- a liberal hub in a conservative state.

Latinos Divided Over Texas Redistricting Agreement

Posted 03.10.2012 | Latino Voices

The recent agreement reached between Democrats and Republicans over the Texas redistricting process broke an impasse that already caused postponing th...

The Supreme Court and the Texas Gerrymander

Lou Dubose | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
Lou Dubose

When the Court ruled in favor of the State of Texas and ordered a three-judge panel in San Antonio to redraw maps they had drawn in November, did nine justices vote to uphold a racial gerrymander that violates the 1965 Voting Rights Act?

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Shakes Up Texas Elections | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a partial victory for Texas Republicans, the Supreme Court on Friday morning sent Texas' redistricting maps back to the drawing board...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Backs Away From Texas Firestorm | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Time and timing was of the essence Monday afternoon during Supreme Court oral argument over which legislative maps Texas may use in its ...

Texas Civil Redistricting Battle Could Have Unintended Consequences

The Huffington Post | Meghan Neal | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics

As the 2012 election heats up, both parties are pushing hard in congressional and gubernatorial races across the country. While Republicans work to re...

Political Trouble Ahead for the Supreme Court

Lyle Denniston | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

Politics and judging are supposed to be done in different worlds, in America's constitutional scheme. But when the public finds them mixing, that can make trouble.

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Steps Into Texas Redistricting Fight | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics

The Supreme Court on Friday night announced that it will hear oral argument to consider the constitutionality of Texas redistricting plans drawn up by...

Election 2012 Rundown

The Huffington Post | Meghan Neal | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

As the 2012 presidential election heats up, both parties are pushing hard in congressional and gubernatorial races across the country. While Republica...

Key House Democrat To Retire

Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics

Representative Charlie Gonzalez, a seven-term Democrat from Texas, has decided not to run for re-election. According to Roll Call, Gonzalez will make ...

Federal Court Rejects Texas Redistricting Plans

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

Texas Republicans had a strategy to circumvent the Obama Department of Justice to implement their partisan gerrymanders for Congress and the state legislature. They had a strategy that turns out to have backfired badly.

Sam Stein

Texas Dems To Fleeing Wisconsin Lawmakers: 'Call Your Spouses For Conjugal Visits' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As a group of Wisconsin Democrats camp outside their state in hopes of stalling an anti-public union bill, veterans of such high-stake s...