Tribpedia: Redistricting

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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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Democratic U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett smiles while talking with an Austinite at a community event on August 27, 2011.
Democratic U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett smiles while talking with an Austinite at a community event on August 27, 2011.

You Thought Redistricting Was About the Candidates?

It's easy to forget that redistricting and the Voting Rights Act are about voters. But sometimes, the voters jump up and remind you. Texans in Hispanic districts have been voting pretty consistently for Democrats, but not necessarily for Hispanic Democrats.

Julián Aguilar, Ben Philpott, Emily Ramshaw and Reeve Hamilton talk at KUT's Views and Brews for the Tribune's Tribcast on April 24, 2012.
Julián Aguilar, Ben Philpott, Emily Ramshaw and Reeve Hamilton talk at KUT's Views and Brews for the Tribune's Tribcast on April 24, 2012.

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 129

In this week's special edition of the Tribcast, taped live before an audience at the historic Cactus Cafe, Reeve, Emily, Julian and Ben talk about Texas primaries, the Supreme Court taking up the Arizona immigration law and The Colbert Report.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

Abbott Stands By Legal Fights With Feds

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Attorney General Greg Abbott has 24 lawsuits pending against the federal government, but taking a stand in court isn't cheap. Some of Abbott's opponents argue he's wasting taxpayer money.

Rep. Burt Solomons R-Carrollton, Chair of the Redistricting Committee, during meeting on June 2nd, 2011
Rep. Burt Solomons R-Carrollton, Chair of the Redistricting Committee, during meeting on June 2nd, 2011

Texas House Committee Debates Size of SBOE Districts

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The 15 members of the State Board of Education share three staffers and at times must travel hundreds of miles to meet with constituents. At a hearing on Tuesday, the House Redistricting Committee heard debate on whether members can adequately represent such large districts.

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.

State Rep. J.M. Lozano of Kingsville officially announcing on March 8, 2012, his switch to the Republican Party.
State Rep. J.M. Lozano of Kingsville officially announcing on March 8, 2012, his switch to the Republican Party.

Where Republican Math Gets Complicated

Texas Republicans are stuck, having won as many seats as it is possible to win by elections or by creative political mapping. But the solution is simple: Since Hispanic voters in Texas are among the groups protected by the federal Voting Rights Act, Republicans have to draw Hispanic districts and then win them.

Redistricting Exposes a Split in the Minority Ranks

New congressional maps reveal splits between lawyers for minority groups over districts in the metroplex and in the Hill Country. In one, Hispanics dominate a district that some groups thought should include more blacks. In another, Latino groups cut a deal with the state that lost a district some of their fellow plaintiffs wanted to protect.


Attorney General Greg Abbott on Jan. 31, 2011, discussing Texas' lawsuit against federal health care reform.
Attorney General Greg Abbott on Jan. 31, 2011, discussing Texas' lawsuit against federal health care reform.

Vindicated, More or Less

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Greg Abbott's decision to go to the U.S. Supreme Court provided fuel for his supporters and his critics.