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 1876 ...

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.

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 117

While our fearless host Reeve is away on special assignment, Ben steps in to lead Evan, Ross and special guest star Jake Silverstein (the editor of Texas Monthly) in a discussion on the next state budget, redistricting and campaign finance.

Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria, works the House chamber on May 6, 2011.
Geanie Morrison, R-Victoria, works the House chamber on May 6, 2011.

Candidates Cool Heels While Judges Decide Redistricting

Up and down the Texas ballot, candidates are waiting to see whether the redrawn political maps give them any chance of winning. Careers, plans and schemes are in the balance. And voters are waiting to get two questions answered: What districts are we in? And when do we vote?

Back to San Antonio for Maps and Dates

Texas Weekly

Three federal judges in San Antonio are going back, literally, to the drawing board for new political maps for Texas, and to decide when to have primary elections. The same things, in other words, they were trying to work out in November.

Judges Make a Rush Request for Redistricting Maps

Federal redistricting judges in San Antonio want to see if they can get agreement on political maps in time for an April 3 primary and said they are "giving serious consideration" to split primaries if no agreement can be reached quickly. The judges said they will meet with the parties on Friday instead of waiting until Feb. 1. 

Supreme Court Nixes Judge-Drawn Redistricting Maps

The U.S. Supreme Court threw out court-drawn Texas redistricting maps on Friday morning, saying a panel of federal judges should have used the Legislature's maps as their starting point. That's a victory for the state, which argued for the Legislature's maps. But it still leaves the state without maps for the primary elections this spring, and probably ensures that those elections will be held later than April 3.

Uncertainty Over Texas' Maps Dampens Fundraising

With Texas' redistricting maps still the subject of court battles, the date of the primary elections remains uncertain. The primary, already changed to April 3, could be moved again if the courts can't produce maps by the end of the month. And that is causing a fundraising hurdle for a number of candidates. Potential contributors are holding onto donations as they await the release of the maps.

Inside Intelligence: About That Primary Election...

For our latest nonscientific survey of government and political insiders, we asked about the sliding primary dates, who it helps and hurts, and whether there is still a need for federal review of the state's political maps. Most of the insiders think the primaries will be held later than April 3. And they were split when asked how the delays affect the political players.