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 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.

Greg Abbott, then the state's attorney general, discusses Texas' lawsuit against federal health care reform on Jan. 31, 2011.
Greg Abbott, then the state's attorney general, discusses Texas' lawsuit against federal health care reform on Jan. 31, 2011.

Vindicated, More or Less

Texas Weekly

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

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 121

Evan, Ross, Reeve and Ben talk about the legacy of Ron Paul, the ramifications of the state's new political maps, and a Texas lawmaker's contingency plans for an asteroid attack.

The Never-Ending Story

Texas Weekly

There is a date for primary elections, but it's uncertain. And there is one redistricting map done, with two to go. And for what it's worth, the judges seem to be in a hurry.

Redistricting Experts Struggle to Fix Maps, Elections

UPDATED: April primaries are all but impossible for the state's election administrators, a Bexar County elections official said today in San Antonio. Federal judges there had hoped to hear about a deal on political maps, but instead oversaw discussions about why no agreement has been reached. The judges said the hearing will continue on Wednesday but will end there. 

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Arlington, addresses BP chief executive Tony Hayward at an oil spill hearing in Washington.
Rep. Joe Barton, R-Arlington, addresses BP chief executive Tony Hayward at an oil spill hearing in Washington.

Sports and the Texas Redistricting Battle

Not everything in redistricting is about politics. Some of it's about getting a good seat in the office. Some is about getting good seats when you're not at the office. Attorney General Greg Abbott and U.S. Rep. Joe Barton have had a back-and-forth over Cowboys Stadium and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, which sits next to it.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 2/6/11

Aguilar on an environmental battle in South Texas, Galbraith on the impact of the drought, Grissom on the latest in the Michael Morton case, Hamilton and Theobald on plans for greater scrutiny of faculty performance, Murphy on Rick Perry's campaign donors and expenditures, Ramsey on where we stand on redistricting, Ramshaw on the intense interest in stem cell rules, Root on a congressman's controversial pipeline holdings, M. Smith on the backlash against student testing and Tan on the fight for a new medical school in Austin: The best of our best content from February 6-10, 2012. 

Slow Redistricting Lowers Clout of Texas Voters

Texas would have been the biggest state on the biggest day of the primary season, Super Tuesday. But pushing the state's primaries from March back to April (or further) could cheat Texas voters out of a rare chance to choose the next nominee for president. The earliest possible date for the state's primary elections will come after 34 states and territories have already spoken.

Uncharted, Still

Texas Weekly

Start here: The judges in charge of the redistricting case in Texas haven't rejected the maps proposed by the state and agreed to by some but not all of the plaintiffs. They simply observed that no deal has been made to satisfy everyone and told everyone to keep talking and get ready for a hearing next week.

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 118

Redistricting remains a hot topic in Texas, and it probably will be until we have new maps and a primary date. But on this week's TribCast, Ben, Ross, Emily and Morgan also spend time on a couple of firestorms in the state: public school accountability testing and the controversy involving Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Planned Parenthood.

AG Offers Redistricting Maps, Says Most Parties Agree

UPDATED: The state unveiled proposed redistricting maps, saying some of the parties in that litigation have signed off on at least some of the lines. Today is a court-set deadline: Three federal judges in San Antonio told the redistricting parties that they needed to reach an agreement by this afternoon to preserve any hope of holding political primaries on April 3.

Redistricting: Phone a Friend

Texas Weekly

This week, the redistricting judges in Washington did the judges in San Antonio a favor, telling them the D.C. panel won't be ruling on its part of the case for a month. The Texans can start drawing maps.