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Texas Redistricting

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. Footn...

This Supreme Court Case Could Upend The Way Democracy Works

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics

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

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.

Harsh Texas Voter ID Law Challenged

AP | CHRIS TOMLINSON and PETE YOST | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas — The Justice Department sued Texas on Thursday over the state's voter ID law and will seek to intervene in a lawsuit over its red...

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...

SCOTUS Throws Out Voter ID Ruling

AP | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has thrown out lower court rulings that blocked a Texas voter identification law and the state's political redist...

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...

Supreme Court OKs Texas' Redistricting Plan

AP | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court is allowing Texas to use congressional districts that were drawn by a lower federal court for the November election. ...

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...

Civil Rights Group Asks Supreme Court To Stop Texas Voting Map

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 09.07.2012 | Latino Voices

WASHINGTON -- A Latino civil rights group is asking the Supreme Court to stop Texas from using congressional districts drawn by a lower federal court ...

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...

Texas Granted Huge Blow By Feds

AP | PAUL J. WEBER | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics

SAN ANTONIO — Texas Republican lawmakers discriminated against minority voters while drawing new political boundaries, a federal court ruled Tue...

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...

Candidates Study New Texas Political Maps

AP | CHRIS TOMLINSON and PAUL J. WEBER | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas — Disheartened and angry over the latest Texas voting maps handed down by federal judges, Democrats and minority rights groups loo...

Texas Primary Thrown Into Chaos

AP | PAUL J. WEBER | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics

SAN ANTONIO — The Texas primary, which once loomed as the biggest prize of next month's Super Tuesday and a possible kingmaker in the Republican...

Judge Orders Texas Redistricting Parties To Keep Negotiating

AP | PAUL J. WEBER | Posted 04.07.2012 | Politics

SAN ANTONIO — A federal judge swiftly rejected a proposed temporary fix to Texas' months-long fight over redistricting on Monday, ordering all s...

Texas Fight Leaves Lawmakers In Limbo

AP | PAUL J. WEBER | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics

By PAUL J. WEBER, The Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The once-a-decade fight over political boundaries in Texas has been so frenetic that a ...

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...