The Big Conversation:
Election season in Texas may have officially begun Monday, but with maps in flux, the state appears ready to tap the brakes.
As the filing period to run in Texas' March 6 primaries opened Monday, Attorney General Greg Abbott asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt elections under newly redrawn redistricting maps that contain fewer Republican districts.
A federal panel in San Antonio has redrawn the original Republican-backed maps, passed earlier this year by the Texas Legislature, while a separate federal panel, in Washington, decides whether the originals meet federal voting-rights standards. Abbott told the Tribune ...