redistricting http://tpr.org en Ripples From 2011 Redistricting Lawsuit Put Davis & Abbott Head To Head http://tpr.org/post/ripples-2011-redistricting-lawsuit-put-davis-abbott-head-head <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While the general election is still a year away, tension between gubernatorial candidates Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott is already ratcheting up.</span></p><p>That battle is over money that the courts say Davis is owed for attorney fees during the 2011 redistricting battle over her state Senate seat -- a federal court in San Antonio ruled in Davis' favor just over a month ago.</p><p>Davis’ attorney Gerry Hebert said the federal court ordered Abbott to pay $600,000 as part of their decision for Davis.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 19:00:59 +0000 Ryan Poppe 21139 at http://tpr.org Ripples From 2011 Redistricting Lawsuit Put Davis & Abbott Head To Head Court Approves Interim Maps For 2014 Election http://tpr.org/post/court-approves-interim-maps-2014-election <p>Late Friday a federal court in San Antonio decided that the State of Texas could use voting maps from this summer’s special session on a temporary basis ahead of the 2014 March primaries.&nbsp;</p><p>The decision is the latest in the on-going battle in the state over redistricting and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is claiming this one as a victory.</p><p>Abbott released this statement:</p><blockquote><p>"We are pleased that the court agreed to allow the 2014 elections to proceed on time using the new maps drawn by the legislature. That certainly benefits all Texans." &nbsp;</p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 17:23:35 +0000 Ryan Poppe 18157 at http://tpr.org Court Approves Interim Maps For 2014 Election A Win For Davis In Redistricting Suit Against Abbott, State http://tpr.org/post/win-davis-redistricting-suit-against-abbott-state <p>A Federal court in San Antonio has ruled in favor of state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, in a redistricting case that at one time threatened to dismantle her senate district.</p><p>The federal three-judge panel has decided to throw out Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s claims that the 2011 Republican-drawn map that broke down Davis' district into four to five white-dominated districts was valid.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 15:36:43 +0000 Ryan Poppe 17943 at http://tpr.org A Win For Davis In Redistricting Suit Against Abbott, State The Source: Voter Suppression In Texas? http://tpr.org/post/source-voter-suppression-texas <p></p><p>The Department of Justice has joined forces with the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund in the fight against the GOP-drawn voting maps. It has also announced that it will challenge the state's voter ID law in a separate case.</p><p>We speak with University of the Incarnate Word Professor Gary Keith, who wrote the book <span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Rotten Boroughs, Political Thickets, and Legislative Donnybrooks: Redistricting in Texas," about the fight to redistrict in Texas.</span></p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 17:40:37 +0000 Paul Flahive 17330 at http://tpr.org The Source: Voter Suppression In Texas? Abbott Says Fed Voter ID Lawsuit Is Just Democrat Campaign Tactics http://tpr.org/post/abbott-says-fed-voter-id-lawsuit-just-democrat-campaign-tactics <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott</span> has been fighting for years to keep voter ID laws in place for Texas, and yesterday U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder filed a lawsuit against the Texas voter ID law, one of the strictest in the country, alleging that it disenfranchises minority votes.</p><p>Abbott said the move is just part of the Obama administration's link to the Texas Democratic Party and is&nbsp; a campaign tactic to build support for the party going into 2014.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 15:51:14 +0000 Ryan Poppe 17180 at http://tpr.org Abbott Says Fed Voter ID Lawsuit Is Just Democrat Campaign Tactics Opposing Views On How Greg Abbott Stacks Up With The Latino Community http://tpr.org/post/opposing-views-how-greg-abbott-stacks-latino-community <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Winding down his ten-city tour of the state, Republican gubernatorial candidate and current Attorney General Greg Abbott said he is out to win the Hispanic vote in Texas.</span></p><p>Abbott ended his initial statewide campaign in Austin by saying he’s been connected to the Hispanic community for over 30 years. Abbot, whose wife is Latina, said he wants to reach out and connect the racial diversity in the state.</p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:43:28 +0000 Ryan Poppe 15175 at http://tpr.org Opposing Views On How Greg Abbott Stacks Up With The Latino Community Voting Rights Lawsuit Wants Texas Back Under Pre-Clearance http://tpr.org/post/voting-rights-lawsuit-wants-texas-back-under-pre-clearance <p>A lawsuit filed by several civil rights groups this week could result in continued federal oversight of Texas voting laws despite a Supreme Court ruling that section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional.</p><p>Section 4 mandated that some states, including Texas, must get pre-clearance for any voting changes made by the legislature.</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Joey Palacios 14306 at http://tpr.org Voting Rights Lawsuit Wants Texas Back Under Pre-Clearance A Literary Trifecta: Austin, Redistricting And Desperation http://tpr.org/post/literary-trifecta-austin-redistricting-and-desperation <p><strong>Texas Matters:</strong> This week's show is literally a literary lament (in one way or another). First, an interview with author Jeffrey Stuart Kerr about how Austin came to become the capitol. Crying foul over redistricting in Texas isn't exclusive to the Democratic party, as it is today, the story of the Republican party's go of it is covered in a new book edited by Gary Keith. Finally, Tom Walker, a writer based in San Antonio, talks about "Signed Confessions," a collection of short stories based on themes of guilt and desperation.</p><p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 17:57:12 +0000 David Martin Davies & Yvette Benavides 14279 at http://tpr.org A Literary Trifecta: Austin, Redistricting And Desperation MALDEF: End Of Voting Rights Act Leaves Minorities Exposed http://tpr.org/post/maldef-end-voting-rights-act-leaves-minorities-exposed <p>The chief legal counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund is applauding Gov. Rick Perry for signing into law the interim voting maps, but said not having a Voting Rights Act leaves minority communities vulnerable.</p><p>This week the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.</p><p>Nina Perales is the chief legal counsel for the MALDEF and said the supreme court has taken away a tool for fair and equitable state voting maps.</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:03:08 +0000 Ryan Poppe 13958 at http://tpr.org MALDEF: End Of Voting Rights Act Leaves Minorities Exposed Republicans Attach Redistricting Maps To Another Bill To Get Them Out Of Committee http://tpr.org/post/republicans-attach-redistricting-maps-another-bill-get-them-out-committee <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill that would’ve decided the fate of voting maps for members of the Texas House initially failed to pass because of several extended phone conversations.</span></p><p>After waiting for over 15 minutes for Republican members to return to the hearing for a vote, an order was given to find the missing representatives. &nbsp;</p><p>After a vote was cast, <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rep Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, who is the committee chairman, asked to be excused to check the back offices for the missing Republicans.</span></p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 18:52:24 +0000 Ryan Poppe 13363 at http://tpr.org Republicans Attach Redistricting Maps To Another Bill To Get Them Out Of Committee