redistricting

The Source - July 24, 2014
11:29 am
Thu July 24, 2014

The Source: Making Redistricting More Fair, Less Partisan

Credit All About Redistricting / http://bit.ly/1h5Ha0N

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?

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Texas Politics
2:37 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Democrat Testifies That GOP Did Not Discriminate When Drawing State House Maps

State House districts used in the last election.
Credit State of Texas District Viewer

The federal trial over whether the state’s Republican leadership intentionally discriminated against minorities when drawing new voting district maps continued today in San Antonio.

One Democrat who testified Wednesday doesn't believe that's what happened.

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The Source - July 14, 2014
12:12 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

The Source: Texas Redistricting Back In San Antonio Federal Court

Credit Paul Flahive, Texas Public Radio

The future of Texas' election maps is murky. Heck, after the landmark ruling by the Supreme Court in Shelby v Holder, the future of the future of Texas' election maps is murky, with federal preclearance of voting law changes in states with a history of racial discrimination.

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2014 Governor's Race
2:00 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Ripples From 2011 Redistricting Lawsuit Put Davis & Abbott Head To Head

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

While the general election is still a year away, tension between gubernatorial candidates Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott is already ratcheting up.

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.

Davis’ attorney Gerry Hebert said the federal court ordered Abbott to pay $600,000 as part of their decision for Davis.

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Redistricting - 2014 Election
12:23 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Court Approves Interim Maps For 2014 Election

San Antonio-area state House districts approved by the 83rd Legislature 2013-2014.
State of Texas District Viewer

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. 

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.

Abbott released this statement:

"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."  

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Texas Redistricting
10:36 am
Thu September 5, 2013

A Win For Davis In Redistricting Suit Against Abbott, State

As Wendy Davis mourns the loss of her father and weighs a run for governor, she can count the recent court ruling as a victory.
David Martin Davies TPR News

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.

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.

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The Source - August 26, 2013
12:40 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

The Source: Voter Suppression In Texas?

Chris Eudaily TPR News

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.

We speak with University of the Incarnate Word Professor Gary Keith, who wrote the book "Rotten Boroughs, Political Thickets, and Legislative Donnybrooks: Redistricting in Texas," about the fight to redistrict in Texas.

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2014 Election Campaign
10:51 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Abbott Says Fed Voter ID Lawsuit Is Just Democrat Campaign Tactics

Greg Abbot at La Villita in San Antonio to announce his candidacy for governor in 2014.
Eileen Pace TPR News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott 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.

Abbott said the move is just part of the Obama administration's link to the Texas Democratic Party and is  a campaign tactic to build support for the party going into 2014.

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Latino Vote
4:43 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Opposing Views On How Greg Abbott Stacks Up With The Latino Community

The crowd at La Villita in San Antonio as Abbott announced that he would run for governor.
Eileen Pace TPR News

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.

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.

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Voting Rights Act
5:00 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Voting Rights Lawsuit Wants Texas Back Under Pre-Clearance

Chris Eudaily TPR News

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.

Section 4 mandated that some states, including Texas, must get pre-clearance for any voting changes made by the legislature.

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