Tribpedia: Redistricting

Tribpedia

Redistricting is the revision or replacement of existing representative districts. It results in new districts with different "lines" or geographical boundaries. The purpose of redistricting is to equalize population in state and congressional districts after publication of the United States census, and to ensure that minority populations are considered. 

Redistricting in Texas is mandated by the Texas Constitution of 1876 ...

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Analysis: Down the Ballot, Few Races in November

Political mapmakers have moved most of the real competition for congressional and legislative races in Texas to the March primaries. Though there will be 36 congressional races, 15 Senate races and 150 House races on the November general election ballot, only a dozen or so are expected to be truly competitive.

Texas Voting Rights Dispute Enters Another Round

Texas Weekly

Texas Republicans and Democrats are still at odds over voter ID and redistricting, but the venue has changed. During the legislative sessions, the Republicans have been on offense with the Democrats on defense. Now, in court, those tables are turned, with Democrats and the Obama administration moving aggressively against the GOP-backed measures.

State Rep. Trey Martinez-Fischer, D-San Antonio, grills UT Regent Brenda Pejovich at the Select Committee on Transparency in State Operations on May 9, 2013.
State Rep. Trey Martinez-Fischer, D-San Antonio, grills UT Regent Brenda Pejovich at the Select Committee on Transparency in State Operations on May 9, 2013.

MALC Asks State to Pay Legal Fees for Chief of Staff

A legislative staffer is claiming the state owes him thousands of dollars in legal fees for his role in a redistricting lawsuit he worked on for up to 16 hours a day while still collecting a salary as a full-time state employee.

 

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Redistricting Plan Set, But Legal Debate Isn't Over

Lawmakers passed a new set of congressional and legislative maps in their first special session. Redistricting has been a long and contentious process, and it is probably far from overThis story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series, a monthlong look at how the bills and budget passed by the 83rd Legislature will affect Texans' lives starting Sept. 1. 

Demonstrators in favor of HB2 rally inside the State Capitol Open Air Rotunda wreathed by marching opposition demonstrators during State Affairs Committee hearings on the bill, July 2, 2013.
Demonstrators in favor of HB2 rally inside the State Capitol Open Air Rotunda wreathed by marching opposition demonstrators during State Affairs Committee hearings on the bill, July 2, 2013.

An Announcement, a Legal Fight and a Special Session

Texas Weekly

Midsummer doldrums have been replaced by a little suspense — about the governor's plans, a court's decisions and the Legislature's protracted debate over abortion law.

Redistricting Maps Draw Amendments in House

The Texas House went off-script Thursday, adopting several amendments to political redistricting maps they initially intended to adopt without changes. The governor and the attorney general had hoped lawmakers would ratify maps drawn by federal judges for one-time use in the 2012 elections. The Senate agreed with that strategy, but the House did not.