Texas continues to grapple in federal court over its election maps as a result of partisan cartography that rewards one party over the other. The central question is: Does it illegally impact the voter representation of minority voters simultaneously?
But is there a fairer way of setting up the maps from the start, which would better represent communities in elections and avoid time in the court?
When voting finally got underway Tuesday in a packed city council chamber, the top two candidates out of the four vying for the interim mayor position became clear: Ivy Taylor from District 2 and Ray Lopez from District 6, who secured all of the votes.
District 5 councilwoman Shirley Gonzales and District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg, both of whom are rookie council members, did not receive any votes.
In the initial round of voting, Taylor garnered four votes to Lopez's two. The second round tilted Taylor's direction even more, this time with a vote split of 5-3.
District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez withdrew his name from being considered for mayor, paving the way for the city's first African American mayor, District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor.
After a multiple rounds of voting by council members had whittled the field to Lopez and Taylor, a 5-3 vote brought Taylor within one. At this point Lopez withdrew his name, saying it was time to unify around a candidate and move forward.
SAPD detectives found that no one broke the law when a still-unidentified writer attacked Councilman Cris Medina for alleged illegal practices in his office by sending an email to members of the media.
When an email went out to members of the media alleging wrongdoing by San Antonio City Councilman Cris Medina, the District 7 representative filed charges against the email sender for impersonating him.
After a review by detectives, it appears the anonymous writer did not break the law.
Outgoing Mayor Julián Castro leaves some pretty big shoes to fill. The popular mayor was known nationwide and whether you liked him or not he brought a spotlight to San Antonio. As Castro prepares to leave for a cabinet job at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, several potential heirs on city council jockey for position.
What do you want from your next mayor? Do you want someone to continue the "decade of downtown" proposals of Castro or someone who wants to refocus on other areas?
As many members of the city council submit their letters of interest to the city clerk to be interim mayor, District 9 Councilman Joe Krier released a letter stating he does not want to be considered for the job.
"Having just been elected May 10, I have made a commitment to the residents of District 9 to serve out the remainder of former Councilwoman Elisa Chan's term," he said in his statement.
In a 2007 Pew Poll, Jon Stewart was ranked as one of the most admired journalists in the country. The problem being that "The Daily Show" host is actually a comedian, and his news-skewering show is not, in-fact, news.