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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TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 9/26/11

Aaronson on the shrinking of state government, Aguilar on the controversy over in-state tuition for the children of undocumented immigrants, Galbraith on Rick Perry vs. the EPA, Grissom on a startling development in a 25-year-old murder case, Hamilton on Ken Starr's first year as president of Baylor, Ramsey on what inmates have to do with redistricting, Ramshaw on the state's crisis in insurance coverage, Root on Perry's presidential grind dance and Smith on obstacles to addressing childhood obesity: The best of our best content from Sept. 26-30, 2011.

An Eye on the Calendar

Texas Weekly

The state probably won't have political maps for federal and state legislators until November and possibly December, crowding the filing-fundraising-campaigning cycle into the holidays and perilously close to the March primaries.

Federal Court to Texas Election Officials: Wait

Election officials in Texas don't have to meet a Saturday deadline for getting their ballots and precinct lines in order, a federal court said Thursday. But with the state's political maps still in limbo, they also didn't get a new set of deadlines to help them get ready for the 2012 elections.

State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, looks at redistricting maps at a Senate hearing on May 13, 2011.
State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, looks at redistricting maps at a Senate hearing on May 13, 2011.

In the Map Rooms

Texas Weekly

The Justice Department didn't find fault (put an asterisk here) with the Senate and State Board of Education redistricting maps from Texas, but told a federal court in Washington, DC, that it thinks the maps for the congressional delegation and for the Texas House go backwards in minority representation.

State Rep. John Kuempel, R-Seguin, looks through redistricting maps on display during debate on the House floor on June 14, 2011.
State Rep. John Kuempel, R-Seguin, looks through redistricting maps on display during debate on the House floor on June 14, 2011.

The Texas Weekly Index: New Maps Heavily Favor GOP

General elections in Texas will be less competitive than ever under the redistricting maps approved by the Legislature earlier this year. The takeaway is simple: Texas has a strongly Republican map, and the political threats to incumbents, if any, will come in primaries and not in general elections.

State Rep. John Kuempel, R-Seguin, looks through redistricting maps on display during debate on the House floor on June 14, 2011.
State Rep. John Kuempel, R-Seguin, looks through redistricting maps on display during debate on the House floor on June 14, 2011.

Feds: Proposed Texas Maps Undermine Minority Vote

The new political maps for the Texas House and the state's congressional delegation don't protect the electoral power of the state's minority populations as required by the federal Voting Right Act, the Justice Department said in briefs filed in federal court Monday.

Maps Ensure Melees in March, Peace in November

Texas Weekly

General elections in Texas will be less competitive than ever under the redistricting maps approved by the Legislature earlier this year. The takeaway is simple: Texas has a strongly Republican map and the political threats to incumbents, if any, will come in primaries and not in general elections.

The Texas Weekly Index

Texas Weekly

Lots of things affect election outcomes. Candidates. Money. Issues. Surprises. But some of the results are wired into district maps, through redistricting. Here's our charting of the political atmosphere — Republican or Democratic — in each of the House, Senate and congressional districts drawn by the Legislature this year.

Court Cartography

Texas Weekly

Don't expect a redistricting ruling out of San Antonio quickly. Some of the lawyers — and this requires more lawyers than a Hollywood divorce — say the Texas judges might hold their ruling until the DC courts are finished. That could be November, or even December.

Challenge to Texas Redistricting Opens in Federal Court

The state's new political maps for legislative and congressional seats are now in the hands of the federal government. An army of lawyers lined up before the 8 a.m. start of federal redistricting hearings on Tuesday, lugging boxes and boxes of papers and huge three-ring binders, large posters of the state with political maps on them, and briefcases bulging with the scribbled notes and other arguments they'll present over the next two weeks.

Why the Redistricting Lawsuit Matters

Because — as both Democrats and Republicans know well — the drawing of district lines determines the outcomes of future elections. Don't believe it? On the new maps at issue in federal court, only seven of the 150 Texas House races were competitive in 2010.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 8/15/11

Aaronson analyzes TWIA claims and lawyer fees, Aguilar talks border security and voter ID with Chuy Hinojosa, Grissom on the latest inmate exonerated via DNA evidence, Hamilton interviews John Sharp on higher ed and the SEC, Murphy interactively maps the changes wrought by redistricting, Philpott on who's running Texas while Rick Perry is out campaigning for president, Ramsey on Perry's history of off-the-cuff remarks, Ramshaw on Perry's childhood years in Paint Creek, Root on Perry's extraordinary first week on the trail and Tan on even more ways Texas will change on Sept. 1: The best of our best content from Aug. 15-19, 2011.

State Rep. John Kuempel, R-Seguin, looks through redistricting maps on display during debate on the House floor on June 14, 2011.
State Rep. John Kuempel, R-Seguin, looks through redistricting maps on display during debate on the House floor on June 14, 2011.

Video: Martinez Fischer, Texas Redistricting on CNN

CNN is anticipating another redistricting showdown in Texas. The Mexican American Legislative Caucus is preparing for a court battle over the newly-passed congressional map, and maintains the four new congressional disrtricts Texas earned through massive population growth over the last decade should better reflect the growth in the state's minority communities. 

With rain pouring down outside the Senate chamber, State Sen. Jeff Wentworth (r), R-San Antonio, speaks with State Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, on May 20, 2011.
With rain pouring down outside the Senate chamber, State Sen. Jeff Wentworth (r), R-San Antonio, speaks with State Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, on May 20, 2011.

Senate Okays Redistricting Commission — for Next Time

Texas Weekly

Now that lawmakers have drawn, approved and sent congressional redistricting maps to the governor for approval, the Senate voted to hand future mapmaking to a bipartisan, non-legislative commission.

Castro To Take On Doggett for New Congressional Seat

The Legislature drew U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett a bad map again this year, so the veteran Democrat will run in the new CD-35 instead. But getting through March’s Democratic primary could be a doozy: Doggett will face State Rep. Joaquin Castro, a 36-year-old rising star in his party who has politics in his DNA, and grew up in one of the San Antonio neighborhoods central to the new district.