Tribpedia: Legislative Redistricting Board

Texas Gets a D+ in Public Integrity Study

Texas scored a 68 out of 100, coming in at 27th place in a national state integrity study. The state got high marks for auditing and for monitoring pension funds, but not as high for accountability of the governor and legislators.

Why the Redistricting Lawsuit Matters

Because — as both Democrats and Republicans know well — the drawing of district lines determines the outcomes of future elections. Don't believe it? On the new maps at issue in federal court, only seven of the 150 Texas House races were competitive in 2010.

Rep. Sylvester Turner D-Houston, speaks with Sen. Steve Ogden R-Bryan during finance committee hearing on May 23rd, 2011
Rep. Sylvester Turner D-Houston, speaks with Sen. Steve Ogden R-Bryan during finance committee hearing on May 23rd, 2011

For Texas Lege, Special Session Still Up in the Air

The Legislature has just a few days to get the state budget, the most important bill of the session, passed and to the governor's desk. Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports on the final items needed to send lawmakers home on time.

Solomons Map Could Solidify GOP Hold on Districts

A proposed map for redrawing Texas House district boundaries could help fortify the Republicans' majority in the lower chamber in 2012. Plugging in the returns from the last presidential and gubernatorial elections show how the changes in the new map, proposed by state Rep. Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton, reshape numerous House districts across the state in a way that could protect most of the Republicans' two-thirds majority.

Inside Intelligence: Redistricting Will Be...

For the latest installment of our nonscientific survey of political and policy insiders, we asked whether the Legislature will finish its redistricting chores or will need help, whether Republicans will be able to ensure future super-majorities, and how lawmakers will split four new congressional seats between the political parties.

Cover for Anglo Democrats in Redistricting?

Anglo Democrats — an endangered species when the political mapmakers were working in 2001 — might be a protected species this year. Many of them represent districts full of minority voters they say are protected from disruptive redistricting. And Republican attention might be on defense rather than on offense.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of Feb. 28, 2011

Ramshaw and Stiles on the tepid growth of Big D during the last decade, Hamilton talks immigration with state Rep. Leo Berman, M. Smith on Texas education's Race to the Top efforts, Grissom's interview with U.S. Trade Representative and former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, Stiles with a new database on school superintendent paychecks, Dehn and Tan on the rise of ramped-up rhetoric over hotly contested legislation, Galbraith on who owns the water under Texas and yours truly on who's at risk in redistricting: The best of our best content from Feb. 28 to March 4, 2011.

Numbers Tell Tale of Who's Vulnerable in Redistricting

You don't need a new map to find the political trouble spots in Texas. The lists of who's in trouble in redistricting are starting to take shape. Some signs that you're in less-than-perfect shape for political redistricting are your seniority, your party, your race, the growth in your area of the state, the growth elsewhere and, very importantly, your neighbors.

Things We're Thinking About Beyond Election Day

Yes, yes, the governor’s race: It’s tended to suck all the air out of the room this election cycle, hasn’t it? But there’s an undercard as well, and even if it’s received scant attention by comparison, don’t think it doesn’t matter. To the contrary, the outcome of races other than the one at the top of the ballot has serious implications for a great many matters of politics and policy that will affect and should interest every single Texan in the near term.

Texans in Congress Talk About Redistricting

Republican and Democratic members of the Texas congressional delegation are discussing a possible compromise designed to cool off the overheated politics of congressional redistricting by dividing the expected spoils once U.S. Census figures are in and the reapportionment process begins in 2011, two members of the delegation say.

Redistricting Reality

In 2011, political mapmakers will take the latest census numbers (Texas is expected to have a population of more than 25 million) and use them to draw new congressional and legislative districts. The last time this was done, in 2003, Republican mappers took control of the U.S. House by peeling away seats from the Democrats. This time, Texas is poised to add up to four seats to its congressional delegation — and early numbers indicate bad news ahead for West Texas and other areas that haven't kept up with the state's phenomenal growth.

A U.S. Census Bureau worker confirms addresses with a hand-held device.
A U.S. Census Bureau worker confirms addresses with a hand-held device.

U.S. Census Questionnaires Being Mailed Today

Census Bureau questionnaires arrive at 8.4 million Texas homes this week. "Fill that sucker out," the bureau's regional director says, "so we don't have to come and knock on your door."