Tribpedia: Redistricting

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 ...

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.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (left), House Speaker Joe Straus and Gov. Rick Perry met with reporters on Jan. 9, 2013, the second day of the 83rd legislative session.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (left), House Speaker Joe Straus and Gov. Rick Perry met with reporters on Jan. 9, 2013, the second day of the 83rd legislative session.

Sharper Elbows in a Special Session

The comity of the regular session might disappear in a special session: The rules change to the disadvantage of the Democrats, and the agenda changes to the advantage of the governor. The newly disadvantaged could also include a prominent Republican leader: House Speaker Joe Straus.

 

House Appropriations Chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, watches from the sidelines as debate continues on SB 1 on April 4, 2013.
House Appropriations Chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, watches from the sidelines as debate continues on SB 1 on April 4, 2013.

Agenda Texas: Legislative Development

On the latest Agenda Texas, from KUT News and the Tribune: It's the final weekend of the 83rd legislative session. Lawmakers still need to finish up the budget, and we answer more listener questions.

Attorney General Greg Abbott, announce legislation to modernize the Texas Open Meetings Act on March 7th, 2013. the bill will be filed today by Sen. Kirk Watson D-Austin
Attorney General Greg Abbott, announce legislation to modernize the Texas Open Meetings Act on March 7th, 2013. the bill will be filed today by Sen. Kirk Watson D-Austin

Will Lawmakers Leave When the Session Ends?

Texas Weekly

A perfect time for speculation: The legislative session isn't quite over, and the political season hasn't quite begun.

Inside Intelligence: About More Redistricting...

Texas Weekly

For this week's nonscientific survey of insiders in politics and government, we asked about one of the thorniest issues at the intersection of politics and government: Redistricting. Whether lawmakers should wade back into it, who benefits from longer court fights, whether the courts will side with the Republican Legislature, and what maps will be used in 2014.

Map: Not All Voting Age Populations Are Equal

Having each House or Senate district match the others in size masks big differences that greatly affect politics and elections. Though districts have the same number of people, they don't necessarily have the same number of adults — meaning not all voting age populations are equal. Use our maps to explore the numbers and see how House and Senate districts compare to statewide averages.

Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a location across the street from the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at a location across the street from the University of Texas at Austin campus on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.

On Voting Rights Act, Texans Follow GOP's Lead

It’s easy to admit that those other states need some federal oversight, but here in Texas? Get out of town.